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Seeing Politics Differently

A Brief Introduction to Political Sociology

Karen Stanbridge and Howard Ramos

Publication Date - February 2012

ISBN: 9780195437850

240 pages
Paperback
6.0 x 9.0 inches

Retail Price to Students: $55.00

A concise overview of how power is distributed within society

Description

Engaging and innovative, Seeing Politics Differently: A Brief Introduction to Political Sociology provides students with a concise introduction to political sociology--the study of how power is distributed within society. Using a unique approach designed to help students to understand theory as it applies to such familiar topics as wealth, cultural status, and institutions, Seeing Politics Differently examines the way that power is created, maintained, and challenged within government, schools, homes, workplaces, the community, and even ourselves. Offering an accessible discussion of key works and perspectives within the discipline, with reference to contemporary examples throughout, the authors make a persuasive case for the importance of cultivating the ability to critically assess who is permitted to hold power in our world, and on what basis.

About the Author(s)

Karen Stanbridge is associate professor of sociology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Howard Ramos is the acting graduate coordinator and associate professor of sociology and social anthropology at Dalhousie University.

Table of Contents

    Table of Contents
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    1. Introduction
    Introduction
    Power: Exercising It; Resisting It
    Power as a Process
    Class
    Status
    Party
    Outline of Book
    Summary
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Annotated Further Readings
    Websites of Key Organizations
    2. Materialism
    Introduction
    Materialism and Class
    The Original Materialist: Karl Marx (1818-1883)
    Materialism after Marx
    Materialism and Development
    Materialism and the State
    Materialism and Resistance
    Materialism and Contemporary Inequalities
    Summary
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Annotated Further Readings
    Websites of Key Organizations
    3. Cultural and Social Status
    Introduction
    Weber: The Original Critic of Marx
    Hegemony and the Culture Industry
    Manufacturing Consent
    Cultural and Social Capital
    Cultural and Social Capital in Action
    Social Capital and Social Networks
    Presentation of Self
    How the Cultural and Social become 'Capital'
    Collective Identity and Challenges to Power
    Post-Colonialism and Nationalism
    Summary
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Annotated Further Readings
    Websites of Key Organizations
    4. Institutions
    Introduction
    Institutions
    The State
    Bureaucracy and Institutional Inertia
    The New Institutionalism
    The State and Violence
    Party Power and Institutions
    State Institutions and Claims to Citizenship
    Political Opportunities and Political Process Theory (PPT)
    Summary
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Annotated Further Readings
    Websites of Key Organizations
    5. Emerging Trends in Political Sociology
    Introduction
    Social Forces and the Assumptions of Sociologists
    Who-or What-Is a Social Actor?
    Globalisation?
    Challenges to Citizenship
    Empire
    Is a New World Possible?
    Transnationalism
    Summary
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Annotated Further Readings
    Websites of Key Organizations
    6. Conclusions
    Introduction
    Political Sociology Is. . .
    Remind Me Again Where the State Fits In
    Political Sociology Can Enhance Your Social Literacy
    But Where Do I Start?
    Summary
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Annotated Further Readings
    Websites of Key Organizations
    Glossary
    References
    Index