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.
Introduction: The Striking Unreality of Modern Politics
This paper explores the contribution of political anthropology to a sociological understanding of political life. It will combine such an anthropological perspective with a long-term historical orientation, an approach central for some of the most important and influential social theoretical analyses of politics, such as the works of Max Weber, Michel Foucault, Reinhart Koselleck or Eric Voegelin, each inspired by Nietzschean genealogy and its effort to overcome ‘modernocentrism', especially at the level of concept formation. Such contribution, it will be argued, concerns the intellectual background of politics and an in-depth diagnosis of the contemporary ills in political life, especially problems connected to leadership, as they ...