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

Introduction

Introduction
William Outhwaite Stephen Turner

Political sociology appears in course lists and book catalogues along with the ‘sociology of…', and sometimes under the label of ‘sociology of politics', but it cannot be confined in this way to the study of one social activity among others. It cannot avoid raising fundamental questions about the relation between the social and the political, and about the nature of modernity as a form of social and political life, which have been central to sociology since its earliest days. Wherever one sites the emergence of sociology, whether with Hobbes, or Montesquieu, or later, what we now call political sociology was central to these writings, and the interplay between everyday life and the process of ...

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