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.


Liah Greenfeld

The bulk of this chapter is devoted to the discussion of revolutions as a distinct empirical political phenomenon. It segues into this discussion from a brief review of revolutions as a subject of political sociology, mostly relying in it on the entry in Wikipedia, which is likely to be read by most interested undergraduates. The entry (last accessed on 21 May 2016), clearly, is written by a competent political sociologist, perhaps a graduate student, who knows the field well, and it appears apposite to start this Handbook chapter with a description of the state of the art from the premier rival source of knowledge.

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