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A Social conception of the countryside: the political types of modernity past methodological nationalism, construes a unique and unique social conception of the geographical region. It rejects nationalistic methods of pondering that take the geographical region with no consideration up to globalist orthodoxy that speaks of its present and definitive decline. Its major goal is for this reason to supply a renovated account of the nation-state’s ancient improvement and up to date worldwide demanding situations through an research of the writings of key social theorists. This reconstruction of the heritage of the countryside into 3 classes: classical (K. Marx, M. Weber, E. Durkheim) modernist (T. Parsons, R. Aron, R. Bendix, B. Moore) modern (M. Mann, E. Hobsbawm, U. Beck, M. Castells, N. Luhmann, J. Habermas) for every section, it introduces social theory’s key perspectives concerning the countryside, its previous, current and destiny. In so doing this ebook rejects methodological nationalism, the declare that the geographical region is the required illustration of the trendy society, since it misrepresents the nation-state’s personal complex trajectory in modernity. And methodological nationalism is usually rejected since it is not able to catch the richness of social theory’s highbrow canon. as an alternative, through a robust notion of society and a subtler suggestion of the geographical region, A Social conception of the geographical region attempts to account for the ‘opacity of the geographical region in modernity’.

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If this is the case, the equation between the nation-state and society no longer holds from its historical end. The second section deals with the equation between the nation-state and society from its conceptual end. The type of social theory of the nation-state in which this book is interested requires also that we make explicit the role played by the idea of society within social theory’s conceptual frameworks. I would thus like to introduce the argument of society’s role as a regulative ideal in a systematic fashion.

Where a moral decision is made under a Regulative Ideal, an absolute is acknowledged and taken seriously, not merely paid lip-service. Yet the particular complexities of actual situation are also taken seriously [ . . ] The role of the Regulative Ideal can then be to save us from simple moralism on the one hand and from cynicism on the other, and from letting the inadequacy of the former cause us to swing to the latter. In Kant’s terms, if in the theoretical realm of Pure Reason regulative ideals prove to be non-instantiable, in the normative realm of Practical Reason they are unrealisable.

Despite all other merits, his contribution to the debate of transcending methodological nationalism in the social sciences has – unintentionally, I believe – weakened our understanding of the position and main features of the nation-state in modernity. In the 1970s, the different critiques of methodological nationalism were conceived of as a reconstruction of social theory from within itself, and certainly they were not an invitation to getting rid of universalistic categories such as society. Beck’s solutions to the problems raised by methodological nationalism did not deliver the answers we require.

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