Seeing Politics Differently: A Brief Introduction to Political Sociology

Paperback | January 16, 2012

byKaren Stanbridge, Howard Ramos

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aSeeing Politics Differently introduces students to political sociology - the study of how power is distributed within society. Arguing that politics is about much more than the debates and decisions of government, this concise text reveals how political struggles are inextricably tied to everydaylife. Through thoughtful discussions of key perspectives and approaches, the authors demonstrate the importance of questioning who holds power in our society, where that power comes from, and how individuals and groups can bring about change.

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aSeeing Politics Differently introduces students to political sociology - the study of how power is distributed within society. Arguing that politics is about much more than the debates and decisions of government, this concise text reveals how political struggl...

Karen Stanbridge is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and teaches and publishes work in the areas of state theory, social movements, and nationalism. Her recent research concerns the role and treatment of children in nationalist projects in Newfoundland, Finland, and Ireland. Howard Ram...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.52 inPublished:January 16, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195437853

ISBN - 13:9780195437850

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1. IntroductionPower: Exercising It; Resisting ItPower as a ProcessClassStatusPartyOutline of Book2. MaterialismMaterialism and ClassThe Original Materialist: Karl Marx (1818-1883)Materialism after MarxMaterialism and DevelopmentMaterialism and the StateMaterialism and ResistanceMaterialism and Contemporary Inequalities3. Cultural and Social StatusWeber: The Original Critic of MarxHegemony and the Culture IndustryManufacturing ConsentCultural and Social CapitalCultural and Social Capital in ActionSocial Capital and Social NetworksPresentation of SelfHow the Cultural and Social Become 'Capital'Collective Identity and Challenges to PowerPost-colonialism and Nationalism4. InstitutionsInstitutionsThe StateBureaucracy and Institutional InertiaThe New InstitutionalismThe State and ViolenceParty Power and InstitutionsState Institutions and Claims to CitizenshipPolitical Opportunities and Political Process Theory (PPT)5. Emerging Trends in Political SociologySocial Forces and the Assumptions of SociologistsWho - or What - Is a Social Actor?Globalization?Challenges to CitizenshipEmpireIs a New World Possible?Transnationalism6. ConclusionsPolitical Sociology Is. . .Remind Me Again Where the State Fits InPolitical Sociology Can Enhance Your Social LiteracyBut Where Do I Start?

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"The text is clear and accessible. . . . Discussions of difficult subjects such as 'power' are nuanced yet boiled down to an understandable level for undergraduates, without being dull." --Gerry Coulter, Bishop's University