Social Cleavages and Political Change: Voter Alignments and U.S. Party Coalitions

Hardcover | November 15, 1999

byJeff Manza, Clem Brooks

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What social groups support which political party, and how that support has changed over time, are central questions in the sociology of political behaviour. This study provides the first systematic book-length reassessment and restatement of the sociological approach to American politics inmore than 20 years. It challenges widespread arguments that the importance of social cleavages have declined precipitously in recent years in the face of post-industrial social and economic changes. The book reconceptualizes the concept of social cleavages and focus on four major cleavages in American society: class, religion, gender, and race, arguing a that a number of important changes in the alignments of the groups making up these four cleavages have occurred. The book examines the implications of these changes for the Democratic and Republican Parties. The findings of the book are examined in light of the central dilemmas facing the two major parties in the contemporary political environment.

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What social groups support which political party, and how that support has changed over time, are central questions in the sociology of political behaviour. This study provides the first systematic book-length reassessment and restatement of the sociological approach to American politics inmore than 20 years. It challenges widespread a...

Jeff Manza is Associate Professor of Sociology and Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University Clem Brooks is Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington

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Format:HardcoverPublished:November 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198294921

ISBN - 13:9780198294924

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Sociological Tradition in Political Behaviour Research1. Social Cleavages and American Politics3. Class4. Religion5. Gender6. Race and the Social Bases of Voter Alignments7. Party Coalitions8. Social Cleavages in the 1996 Elections9. Third Party Candidates10. Conclusion