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.

International Relations and Political Sociology

International Relations and Political Sociology
Salvador Mateos lvaro Morcillo Laiz

Sociologists have traditionally paid scant attention to International Relations (IR) as a social-scientific discipline1. A small, but telling piece of evidence on sociologists’ lack of interest in IR is the absence of an article on this subject in the fifteen-volume International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences (Sills, 1968). The successor edition, extended to twenty-six volumes, included only two entries on IR and a few more on area studies (Smelser & Balter, 2001); the most recent edition ignored IR altogether, containing not a single entry on the discipline, but included area studies (Wright, 2015). This evidence suggests not only that sociologists’ ignorance of IR is ...

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