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Introduction to Politics and Society

Introduction to Politics and Society

First Edition

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.

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
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

Political Science, Izmir Katip Celebi University
September 19, 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.

Political Science, Izmir Katip Celebi University
September 19, 2019

An excellent introductory resource for undergraduate students.

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

Sample Materials & Chapters

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PDF of Chapter 2

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