State and Class: A Sociology of International Affairs

Ralph Pettman

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Area: International Relations



Part I: Social Consciousness
1. Culture and Consciousness
2. World Society
3. The Advent of Global Norms

Part II: Social Structure
4. The Nation-State
5. Class

Part III: Social Ordering and Social Change
6. Industrialisation, Urbanisation, Bureaucratisation
7. The Sociology of International Law
8. The Sociology of World Conflict


International affairs are most commonly explained in terms of the flow of diplomatic traffic and the wealth-springs of foreign policy. This study complements the conventional debates with one cast in terms of an emerging world society.

The fundamental social structures found there, of both the state and social class, are predicated in turn upon the fundamental forces of industrialisation and modernisation, and the general pattern and shape these now give to the process of global change.

Such a comprehensive approach is essentially a sociological one, and in emphasising the importance of both state-formation and class-formation in international affairs, it attempts to redress a radical imbalance in our understanding of how the world works.