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 24: Political Culture
Gabriel Almond concluded the essay in which he proposed the concept of political culture to political science by remarking that for new concepts as for souls, ‘There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, for many are called but few are chosen’ (1956, p. 409). Political culture was indeed chosen,1 yet this has not prevented a good deal of gnashing of teeth, since it has been a controversial concept from the outset, has been pronounced moribund several times, and has just as often been revived, relaunched and reconstructed. It is viewed by some as a briefly popular accessory of postwar systems and modernization theories, of interest only to intellectual historians, but this view frequently prefaces ...