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 40: War
There is no doubt that war has been one of the central forces shaping human history. Nearly all social institutions and social relations have been wrought by the experience and legacy of various wars. Yet, until quite recently, the mainstream sociologists were reluctant to engage with this phenomenon leaving the analysis of war to political science, international relations and history. However this has not always been the case, as the classics of social thought were interested in organized violence and have made significant contributions to the study of war, state and society (Malešević, 2010). More recently political and historical sociologists have questioned the dominance of the peace-centred understandings of social reality ...