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Introduction to Politics and Society
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Introduction to Politics and Society

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March 2002 | 276 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Introduction to Politics and Society comprehensively demonstrates how key theoretical and concepts in political science have foretold, rationalized and shaped politics in the contemporary world.

Students will discover the meaning of `power', `authority', `coercion', `surveillance' and `legitimacy'. The ideas of Weber, Marx, Foucault, Bauman, Sennett, Habermas, Baudrillard and Giddens are explained with clarity and precision. Well-chosen examples, many from popular political culture illustrate the relevance of fundamental theoretical debates. This book also examines:

- The central tendencies in the movement from modern to post-modern society

- The significance, strengths and weaknesses of `Third Way' politics

- The decline of organized party politics

- The development of new social movements

Developed with an understanding of the requirements of students and lecturers, this book is an extraordinary resource for undergraduate teaching and study needs. It will be required reading for undergraduate students in sociology, politics and social policy.


 
Introduction
Reading the `Social' and the `Political'

 
 
Power, Authority and the State
 
Postmodern Politics
 
Marxist and Elite Theories of Power
 
Pluralism and Political Parties
 
New Social Movements
 
Globalization and Power
 
War
 
Voting Behaviour

In my Gender and Politics course, I talk about the distinction between Social and Political. Introduction part of this book helps me to illustrate this distinction. Moreover, new social movements (Chapter 6) will help to demonstrate the importance of new social movements for LBGT movements

Dr Irem OZGOREN KINLI
Political Science, Izmir Katip Celebi University
August 12, 2019

For political sociology course, it is crucial to explain the relationship between social and political. The introduction part of this book will help to clarify this distinction. Power, Authority, State (Chapter 2), Postmodern Politics (Chapter 3), Marxist and Elite Theories of Power (Chapter 4), Pluralism and Political Parties (Chapter 5), New Social Movements (Chapter 6) are the topics that I teach in this lecture. I found these chapters as informative.

Dr Irem OZGOREN KINLI
Political Science, Izmir Katip Celebi University
July 27, 2019

An excellent introductory resource for undergraduate students.

Miss Frances Jackson
Public Services, Peterborough Regional College
March 11, 2012

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