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Seeing Politics Differently: A Brief Introduction to Political Sociology

ISBN : 9780195437850

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¥8,030
Author: 
Karen Stanbridge; Howard Ramos
Pages
240 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
152 x 229 mm
Pub date
Mar 2012
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  • Relevant: Seeing Politics Differently provides a refreshing and current approach to understanding the issues around power relations.
  • Canadian: The concepts and theories of political sociology are discussed in a Canadian context, giving students the background they need to situate Canada within a broader global context.
  • Concise: This brief overview will help students think about politics in society in a sociological manner, showing how politics penetrate and shape our everyday lives.

     
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-with a particular focus on the Canadian context. Using a unique approach designed to help students to understand theory as it applies to familiar topics such as wealth, cultural status, and institutions, Seeing Politics Differentlyexamines the way that power is created, maintained, and challenged not just within government but in schools, homes, workplaces, the community-even how we see others as well as 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.

Index: 

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

About the author: 

Karen Stanbridge is associate professor of sociology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has completed works that explore the impact of national and international political institutions on British and French colonial policies, on British treatment of Catholics in Ireland and Quebec in the eighteenth century, and on the post-World War I Åland Islands secessionist movement. 
     
Howard Ramos is the acting graduate coordinator and associate professor of sociology and social anthropology at Dalhousie University. He is a political sociologist who examines contemporary issues of social justice. He has published on Canadian Aboriginal mobilization, transnational human rights, immigration, and identity.

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