Politische Soziologie sozialer Ungleichheit



Political Sociology of Transnational Fields

15312 - Seminar

Dr. Tomas Marttila

Mi. 10-12 Uhr c.t., Konradstr. 6, 109
Beginn: 19.10.2016   Ende: 08.02.2017

Sociological research on international political, cultural, social and economic integration can be divided into three theoretical paradigms of ‘internationalization’, ‘globalization’ and ‘transnationalization’. Each of these paradigms offers a specific understanding of the forms, logics and processes of international integration. During the introducing lectures we will look at the conceptual and explanatory strengths and weaknesses of each paradigm. Thereafter, in the mid-part, we will turn our focus on the role that transnational fields: a concept recently coined by the (post-) Bourdieusian Strasbourg School in political sociology. Current path-breaking research into transnational fields describes how by transnational communities of actors established social networks facilitate the transportation of symbolic (knowledge, innovations, reform concepts etc.) and material (goods, resources, money) resources across national boundaries, therewith giving rise to new epistemic communities, sets of mutual interactions and interdependences and transnational power elites. In the concluding third part we delve into historical origins, structural organizations and wider societal consequences of four transnational cultural, professional, legal and economic fields.


  • Adler-Nissen, Rebecca (2012): Bourdieu in International Relations: Rethinking Key Concepts in IR. London: Routledge.
  • Kauppi, Niilo (2013): A Political Sociology of Transnational Europe. Colchester: ECPR Press.
  • Kauppi, Niilo & Madsen, Mikael R. (eds.) (2013): Transnational Power Elites: The New Professionals of Governance, Law and Security. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Levitt, Peggy & Glick Schiller, Nina (2004): Conceptualizing Simultaneity: A Transnational Social Field Perspective on Society. International Migration Review, 38: 1002-1039.
  • Sklair, Leslie (2001): The Transnational Capitalist Class. Oxford: Blackwell.


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