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.

Gender and Political Sociology

Gender and Political Sociology

Gender and Political Sociology
Celia Valiente


In all societies, women (as a group) have less access than men (as a group) to political power, economic resources, and social prestige. Thus, gender is a central perspective in political sociology, which is defined here as the study of the relationship between state and society. In the past five decades, scholars have produced an immense set of studies on gender in political sociology, and the aim of this chapter is to provide a state of the art of this scholarship.

This review of literature is necessarily limited due to space constraints and the vast range of the academic field to be assessed. This overview focuses mainly on works based on empirical research.1 ...

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