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.


Jonathan Hearn


Influential conceptualisations of power come from well beyond political sociology strictly defined. For an article such as this, one has to examine the concepts of power in social theory in general, and relate this to the field of political sociology at various key points. One cannot simply examine the concept within a synoptic history of political sociology, or a survey across its sub-fields. I approach the subject under four main headings. First I consider the significance of cultural and historical context for conceptualisation. Next I address the core issue: what is the relationship between the concept and its object? Then I consider the composition of the concept, that is, that the term ‘power’ actually covers a set of ...

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