Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
55 | 2019

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale | 55 | 2019

Rethinking the Concept of ‘Society’ in the Age of Globalisation
Society as a Whole, the Social, and Sociological Traditions

Hirofumi Utsumi
Otemon Gakuin University, Osaka, Japan
utsumih@gmail.com

DOI 10.30687/AnnOr/2385-3042/2019/01/021

Submitted 29 Jan 2019
Accepted 28 May 2019

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to take issue with the opinion that, in sociology, the concept of ‘society’ was equated with the nation-state. Firstly, a diachronic analysis of the term ‘society’, as used by the general public, shall be attempted: ‘society as a whole’ and ‘the social’. Secondly, the article shall illustrate that sociology has developed its own analytical concept of society within the space between the two lay terms. Thirdly, the fact that the process of globalisation yet again problematizes the distinction between ‘society as a whole’ and ‘the social’ shall be shown. The conclusion of the paper is that, by yet again, becoming aware of the three dimensions of the concept of ‘society’, we can provide cues for a theoretical reconstruction of the sociological concept of ‘society’ that will contribute to research on ‘society’ in the age of globalisation.

Keywords
Society. The social. Society as a whole. The state. Civil society. Market economy. Nation-state. Globalisation.

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Utsumi Hirofumi

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Rethinking the Concept of ‘Society’ in the Age of Globalisation

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Journal Article

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en

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http://doi.org/10.14277/AnnOr/2385-3042/2019/01/021

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The aim of this paper is to take issue with the opinion that, in sociology, the concept of ‘society’ was equated with the nation-state. Firstly, a diachronic analysis of the term ‘society’, as used by the general public, shall be attempted: ‘society as a whole’ and ‘the social’. Secondly, the article shall illustrate that sociology has developed its own analytical concept of society within the space between the two lay terms. Thirdly, the fact that the process of globalisation yet again problematizes the distinction between ‘society as a whole’ and ‘the social’ shall be shown. The conclusion of the paper is that, by yet again, becoming aware of the three dimensions of the concept of ‘society’, we can provide cues for a theoretical reconstruction of the sociological concept of ‘society’ that will contribute to research on ‘society’ in the age of globalisation.

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale

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Vol. 55 | Num. 1 | Giugno 2019

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2019-06-27

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2019-01-29

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2019-05-28

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1125-3789

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2385-3042

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Society

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The social

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Society as a whole

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The state

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Civil society

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Market economy

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Nation-state

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Globalisation

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