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.

Political Sociology and Political Theory

Political Sociology and Political Theory

Political Sociology and Political Theory
Rob Stones


Political sociology and political theory cover similar ground but have tended to do so in different ways. Political sociology is interested in a certain, broad, range of subject matters. It embraces state-societal relations, sociological aspects of the political landscape, such as political parties, social movements, and so on, and the political dimensions of a broad range of sociological phenomena. As a key branch of sociology, it has a particular conceptual and empirical interest in the descriptive character of these relations and entities, in causal explanations as to how they have become what they are, and in strategic possibilities for the future. I will say from the start that political sociology, ...

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