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.


Steven Grosby

Analysis of the nation as a political community and nationalism as a political ideology remains pressingly important. Contrary to predictions of nations having become historically obsolete because of an ever-increasing international division of labor and trade, and arguments that the world, as a result of that division of labor and trade, has become intricately inter-connected and, in this sense, both homogeneous and smaller – what is often meant by the term ‘globalization’ – nations continue to exist.1 They do so with political consequences, thus requiring a political analysis of the significance of nationality and the ideology of nationalism.2 This persistence of nationality is seen throughout the world: in Islamic civilization where, despite the doctrinally universal ummah of all ...

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