The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.
Chapter 5: Class and Politics
The study of class and politics harks back to the very foundations of sociology as a discipline. In the late 19th century, Karl Marx advanced his theory of class conflict, which averred that the interests of different classes were necessarily antagonistic, and that radical social change would occur when the working masses become aware of their exploitation and rose up to overthrow their oppressors – the capitalists. Since then, the study of how class relates to political preferences, as well as to ultimate political outcomes, has developed substantially. Post-war political sociologists, most influentially Seymour Martin Lipset (1960; Lipset & Rokkan, 1967), saw the divisions between classes with ...