The Wiley-blackwell Companion to Political Sociology

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  • Copyright: 2012-04-23
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology is a complete reference guide, reflecting the scope and quality of the discipline, and highlighting emerging topics in the field. Global in focus, offering up-to-date topics from an interdisciplinary, international set of scholars addressing key issues concerning globalization, social movements, and citizenship The majority of chapters are new, including those on environmental politics, international terrorism, security, corruption, and human rights Revises and updates all previously published chapters to include new themes and topics in political sociology Provides an overview of scholarship in the field, with chapters working independently and collectively to examine the full range of contributions to political sociology Offers a challenging yet accessible and complete reference guide for students and scholars

Author Biography

Edwin Amenta is Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and History, University of California, Irvine. He has published extensively on political sociology, social movements, historical and comparative sociology, and the news media. 

Kate Nash is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London and Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University. She has published widely on political sociology and human rights. 

Alan Scott is Professor in the School of Cognitive, Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of New England, New South Wales, Australia. He researches and publishes in the area of political and organizational sociology, and social theory.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. xxi
Approaches to Power and Politics
Marxist Approaches to Powerp. 3
Weber and Political Sociologyp. 15
Durkheim and Durkheimian Political Sociologyp. 27
Foucaultian Analysis of Power, Government, Politicsp. 36
Historical Institutionalismp. 47
Sociological Institutionalism and World Societyp. 57
Studying Powerp. 69
Comparative Political Analysis: Six Case-Oriented Strategiesp. 78
States and Governance
Formation and Form
Theories of State Formationp. 95
Statep. 107
Political Legitimacyp. 120
Political Corruptionp. 130
Governance and Political Process
Parties and Interest Intermediationp. 144
Interest Groups and Pluralismp. 158
Electionsp. 168
Violence and States
Warp. 180
Terrorismp. 190
Globalization and Securityp. 204
Incarceration as a Political Institutionp. 214
The Political and the Social
States and Civil Society
Culture, State and Policyp. 229
Civil Society and the Public Spherep. 240
Trust and Social Capitalp. 252
The Media and Politicsp. 263
The Politics of Identity and Action
Imagined Communitiesp. 273
Gender, Power, Politicsp. 283
Class, Culture and Politicsp. 294
The Politics of Ethnicity and Identityp. 305
Race and Politicsp. 315
Nationalism: Its Role and Significance in a Globalized Worldp. 325
Religion and Political Sociologyp. 336
Body Politicsp. 347
Citizenship and Welfare: Politics and Social Policiesp. 360
Citizenship and Genderp. 372
Post-national Citizenship: Rights and Obligations of Individualityp. 383
Democracy and Democratization
Social Movements
Protest and Political Processp. 397
Global Social Movements and Transnational Advocacyp. 408
Global Governance and Environmental Politicsp. 421
Rural Social Movementsp. 431
Structures of Participation
Towards a Political Sociology of Human Rightsp. 444
Democratizationp. 454
Feminism and Democracyp. 466
Democracy and Capitalism in the Wake of the Financial Crisisp. 478
Referencesp. 491
Indexp. 565
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