Given the reworkings of national sovereignty, citizenship, and international orders, it becomes necessary to ask fundamental questions such as: what knits people together; what ensures the continuity and sustenance of communities; what drives them to do violence against others; and what are the other deep social forces that either accelerate or slow the forces of global change as they are experienced and embodied in everyday life?

Social scientists seeking to understand global complexity look for the basic power relations that bring some people together, exclude others, disrupt social orders, and invent new social relations. However, doing so may require fundamentally revisiting concepts and mechanisms related to social institutions, organizations, and relations in order to move knowledge forward and better understand meaningful social changes, compositions, and mechanisms, both conceptually and empirically. For example, how do we understand international relations when the institutions that used to organize relationships across nations may no...

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