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.


Larry Ray


Globalization is a broad and ambiguous concept that became one of the central but contested ideas in contemporary social science during the two decades following the end of the Cold War. The term further entered everyday commentary and analysis and featured in many political, cultural, and economic debates. There was no single theory of globalization but rather a wide range of theorized descriptions of putative trends towards global interconnectedness, especially via new communication technologies. The ‘annihilation of distance’ and ‘fractured space’ consequent on these technologies were further linked to the speeding up of social activity and transport: multiple, often connected levels of global integration – economic, cultural, political economic, cultural, communicative, political, ideational, spatial and so forth. A ...

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