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The Wiley–Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology

  • ID: 3609928
  • Book
  • 640 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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. 

The essays, from an international, interdisciplinary group of leading scholars, build on each other, each including concepts, theories and case studies to investigate a topic and provide an overview of scholarship in the field. The book examines the full range of contributions to political sociology as never before. 

The Companion has been completely revised and expanded, to reflect advances in conceptual frameworks, and to deal in greater depth with topics related to globalization, social movements, and citizenship. New chapters reflect conceptual advances in the field, taking full account of developments over the last decade. 

Sociologists take various positions on the roots and consequences of political action, and the interdisciplinary nature of their debates make this an invaluable entry point into mapping and evaluating contemporary politics.

Challenging in content, the volume is nevertheless accessible, containing abstracts for each chapter, further reading lists, and a consolidated bibliography, making this both an excellent guide and complete reference for students and scholars.

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Notes on Contributors ix

Introduction xxiEdwin Amenta, Kate Nash and Alan Scott


1 Marxist Approaches to Power 3Bob Jessop

2 Weber and Political Sociology 15Peter Breiner

3 Durkheim and Durkheimian Political Sociology 27Kenneth Thompson

4 Foucaultian Analysis of Power, Government, Politics 36Barry Hindess

5 Historical Institutionalism 47Edwin Amenta

6 Sociological Institutionalism and World Society 57Evan Schofer, Ann Hironaka, David John Frank and Wesley Longhofer

7 Studying Power 69John Scott

8 Comparative Political Analysis: Six Case–Oriented Strategies 78Charles C. Ragin and Garrett Andrew Schneider


A. Formation and Form

9 Theories of State Formation 95Gianfranco Poggi

10 State 107Desmond King and Patrick Le Gale`s

11 Political Legitimacy 120David Beetham

12 Political Corruption 130Donatella della Porta and Alberto Vannucci

B. Governance and Political Process

13 Parties and Interest Intermediation 144Herbert Kitschelt

14 Interest Groups and Pluralism 158David Knoke and Xi Zhu

15 Elections 168Jeff Manza

C. Violence and States

16 War 180Antoine Bousquet

17 Terrorism 190Jeff Goodwin

18 Globalization and Security 204Didier Bigo

19 Incarceration as a Political Institution 214Sarah Shannon and Christopher Uggen


A. States and Civil Society

20 Culture, State and Policy 229Brian Steensland and Christi M. Smith

21 Civil Society and the Public Sphere 240Larry Ray

22 Trust and Social Capital 252Arnaldo Bagnasco

23 The Media and Politics 263John B. Thompson

B. The Politics of Identity and Action

24 Imagined Communities 273Alan Finlayson

25 Gender, Power, Politics 283Jonathan Dean

26 Class, Culture and Politics 294Mike Savage

27 The Politics of Ethnicity and Identity 305Aletta J. Norval

28 Race and Politics 315John D. Skrentny and René Patnode

29 Nationalism: Its Role and Significance in a Globalized World 325John Schwarzmantel

30 Religion and Political Sociology 336Valérie Amiraux

31 Body Politics 347Roberta Sassatelli

C. Citizenship

32 Citizenship and Welfare: Politics and Social Policies 360Sven Hort and Göran Therborn

33 Citizenship and Gender 372Ruth Lister

34 Post–national Citizenship: Rights and Obligations of Individuality 383Yasemin Nuhog lu Soysal


A. Social Movements

35 Protest and Political Process 397David S. Meyer

36 Global Social Movements and Transnational Advocacy 408Valentine M. Moghadam

37 Global Governance and Environmental Politics 421Brenda Holzinger and Gabriela Kütting

38 Rural Social Movements 431Marc Edelman

B. Structures of Participation

39 Towards a Political Sociology of Human Rights 444Kate Nash

40 Democratization 454Dietrich Rueschemeyer

41 Feminism and Democracy 466Judith Squires

42 Democracy and Capitalism in the Wake of the Financial Crisis 478Colin Crouch

References 491

Index 565

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Edwin Amenta
Kate Nash
Alan Scott
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