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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Emile Durkhein's Sociological Insight Into Political Phenomena
Emile Durkhein's sociological insight into political phenomena
Gianfranco Poggi

As the authoritative biography by Steven Lukes (1985) indicates, Emile Durkheim – one of the founding fathers of modern sociology – witnessed and took some part in the complex and often troubling political experiences of the France of his times (1878–1917). He was a committed patriot, proud of his country's great role as the site and prime promoter of political modernization, beginning of course with the French Revolution itself. He was fully aware of the extent to which that event and many that followed had intensely divided the population and inspired violent political and cultural contrasts.

Durkheim had what can be called a passion ...

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