This major new textbook will equip students with a complete understanding of contemporary politics, state and society in the United Kingdom today. Key underlying themes include: The differences between traditional and alternative ‘sites of power’ and what we mean by ‘political’ the relationships between politics, society and how individuals become and remain engaged with politics the rapid transformations in contemporary social structures and their impact on social and political life the role of human agency and its significance to social and political action and movements contemporary cultural and social dislocations and their impact on some of the major contested areas of political life today. Key features include: Key concepts and issues Key theorists and writers Discussion questions Comprehensive and accessible, An Introduction to Politics, State & Society is an essential text for all undergraduate students of politics, the contemporary state, power and political sociology.

Post-Industrialism and the End of Politics?

Post-industrialism and the end of politics?

Key Concepts and Issues

  • Poverty and wealth in the contemporary United Kingdom
  • Class, politics and social structure
  • Marx and Weber on class politics
  • The end of class?
  • The end of politics?
  • The end of history?
  • New social movements
  • Postmodernism and politics
  • Post-industrial politics

Key Theorists and Writers

  • Jean Baudrillard
  • Daniel Bell
  • Alex Callinicos
  • Francis Fukuyama
  • André Gorz
  • Will Hutton
  • Fredric Jameson
  • Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe
  • Charles Murray
  • Alain Touraine
  • Erik O. Wright

A wealthy barrister … was keen to play a notoriously exclusive golf course.

The Secretary refused him but as he turned to leave he spotted a vaguely familiar figure of a local peer seated in the corner.

Nervously he asked if he might play as the old boy's member. His lordship looked him up and down.

‘Church?’ ‘C of E, Sir.’

‘Education?’ ‘Eton and Oxford, Sir.’

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