Seeing Politics Differently A Brief Introduction to Political Sociology

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  • Copyright: 2012-02-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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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 uniqueapproach designed to help students to understand theory as it applies to familiar topics such as wealth, cultural status, and institutions, Seeing Politics Differently examines the way that power is created, maintained, and challenged not just within government but in schools, homes, workplaces, thecommunity - 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 assesswho is permitted to hold power in our world, and on what basis.

Author Biography

Karen Stanbridge is associate professor and head of the Department of Sociology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. HOWARD RAMOS is associate professor of sociology and social anthropology at Dalhousie University.

Table of Contents

Figures, Tables, and Boxesp. vi
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introductionp. i
Introductionp. 1
Power: Exercising It, Resisting Itp. 2
Power as a Processp. 5
Classp. 5
Statusp. 6
Partyp. 7
Outline of Bookp. 8
Summaryp. 13
Questions for Critical Thoughtp. 14
Suggestions for Further Readingsp. 14
Websitesp. 14
Materialismp. 15
Introductionp. 15
Materialism and Classp. 16
The Original Materialist: Karl Marx (1818-1883)p. 18
Materialism after Marxp. 25
Materialism and Developmentp. 29
Materialism and the Statep. 35
Materialism and Resistancep. 37
Materialism and Contemporary Inequalitiesp. 39
Summaryp. 43
Questions for Critical Thoughtp. 43
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 44
Websitesp. 44
Cultural and Social Statusp. 45
Introductionp. 45
Weber: The Original Critic of Marxp. 47
Hegemony and the Culture Industryp. 50
Manufacturing Consentp. 52
Cultural and Social Capitalp. 59
Cultural and Social Capital in Actionp. 63
Social Capital and Social Networksp. 67
Presentation of Selfp. 69
How the Cultural and Social Become 'Capital'p. 70
Collective Identity and Challenges to Powerp. 74
Post-colonialism and Nationalismp. 77
Summaryp. 81
Questions for Critical Thoughtp. 81
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 81
Websitesp. 82
Institutionsp. 83
Introductionp. 83
Institutionsp. 84
The Statep. 88
Bureaucracy and Institutional Inertiap. 91
The New Institutionalismp. 95
State Institutions and Nationalismp. 100
Organizations and State Institutionsp. 102
The State and Violencep. 104
Party Power and Institutionsp. 108
State Institutions and Claims to Citizenshipp. 110
Political Opportunities and Political Process Theory (PPT)p. 113
Summaryp. 117
Questions for Critical Thoughtp. 118
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 118
Websitesp. 119
Emerging Trends in Political Sociologyp. 120
Introductionp. 120
Social Forces and the Assumptions of Sociologistsp. 121
Who-or What-Is a Social Actor?p. 124
Globalization?p. 128
Challenges to Citizenshipp. 136
Empirep. 140
Is a New World Possible?p. 142
Transnationalism?p. 144
Summaryp. 147
Questions for Critical Thoughtp. 147
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 147
Websitesp. 148
Conclusionp. 149
Introductionp. 149
Political Sociology Is…p. 150
Remind Me Again Where the State Fits Inp. 155
Political Sociology Can Enhance Your Social Literacyp. 158
But Where Do I Start?p. 164
Summaryp. 167
Questions for Critical Thoughtp. 167
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 167
Websitesp. 168
Glossaryp. 169
Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 198
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