Books | Martin Albrow
Global Age Essays on Social and Cultural Change
Frankfurt am Main: Klosterman, 2014

In 14 previously unpublished essays British sociologist Martin Albrow develops the Global Age thesis that he first proposed in the 90s to capture the novelty of our own epoch. He absorbs insights from Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, Arnold Toynbee and Norbert Elias into a global discourse that shapes new approaches to abiding human dilemmas of faith, justice and responsibility. Even in resisting the idea that globalization and Americanization are inevitable he argues that framing our time as global promotes a collective response to the challenges facing humankind. The hope for a human future depends on a normative ordering of global society, on global governance that allows local, national and global cultures to co-exist and thrive.
Sociology: The Basics
London and New York: Routledge, 1999

This is a book for anyone who wants to know what sociology is and what sociologists do. In a subject which has changed dramatically over the last twenty years, Sociology: The Basics offers the most up to date guide to the major topics and areas of debate.
Clearly written, concise and comprehensive, Sociology: The Basics will be an essential text for anyone thinking of studying the subject.
Do Organizations Have Feelings?
London and New York: Routledge, 1997

Do Organisations have Feelings? argues that any adequate explanation of the way organizations function for those engaged in business and those who study it must transcend the traditional divide between reason and emotion. The papers in this important collection by one of the leading world authorities in the studies of organizations were written over a period of thirty years. They are now presented together for the first time with an extended commentary and discussion by the author and two specially written chapters to bring the story right up-to-date. Together they provide a fascinating history of the way organizations have reflected changes in society at large as we move into the epoch of globalisation.
The Global Age: State and Society beyond Modernity
Cambridge: Polity, 1996

Taking issue with those who see recent social transformations as an extension of modernity, the author contends that social theory must confront an epochal change from the modern era to a new era of globality, in which human beings can conceive of forces at work on a global scale, and in which they espouse values that take the globe as their reference point.
Max Weber's Construction of Social Theory
London: Macmillan, 1990

A study of the work of German sociologist, Max Weber, including a brief biography and an exploration in Weberian social theory.
London: Pall Mall, 1970