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.
Chapter 1: Classical Approaches: Origins and Development of the Theory of Politics
We might start by simply saying that the intellectual struggle to define power has shaped the history not only of political theory in general but also of political sociology. Politics from a sociological perspective is understood to start with the rise of the state, the creation of parties, the formation of citizenship, and the development of civil society. More specifically, political sociology has been more concerned with the intermediary institutions and social forces that connect individuals and social groups to the state than with formal political institutions as such. Sociology has been more focused unsurprisingly on ‘the ...