Social Side of Politics

ISBN-10: 0393920372
ISBN-13: 9780393920376
Edition: 2014
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Description: This first volume of The Society Pages series focuses on politics. Drawn largely from feature content, posts, and exchanges provoked by the elections of 2012, the chapters are organized into three main sections. “Core Contributions” exemplifies how  More...

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Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

This first volume of The Society Pages series focuses on politics. Drawn largely from feature content, posts, and exchanges provoked by the elections of 2012, the chapters are organized into three main sections. “Core Contributions” exemplifies how sociologists and other social scientists think about otherwise familiar political phenomena like power, polling, and social movements. Chapters in the “Cultural Contexts” section draw out the political content and implications of cultural realms—from religion and race, to sports, humor, and new media technologies—that are often ignored or taken for granted. And the “Critical Takes” rubric gathers pieces on inequalities embedded in and reproduced through the political system, how sociological tools and insights are employed in the public sphere, and the role of government in shaping society through public policy.

Douglas Hartmann (Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, 1997) is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota.nbsp; Much of his research focuses on the intersections of race and sports in American culture. Hartmann is the author of Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 African American Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath (University of Chicago Press, 2003), and is currently working on a project that uses midnight basketball as a case study of sports-based risk prevention in the contemporary United States.nbsp; He is also one of the principle investigators of the "American Mosaic Project," an ongoing, multi-method study of race, religion and diversity funded by the Minneapolis-based Edelstein Family Foundation.

Christopher Uggen is in the sociology department at the University of Minnesota. He studies crime, law, and deviance, especially how former prisoners manage to put their lives back together. He is co-editor of The Society Pages.

Series Preface
Introduction
Changing Lenses: Behind the Political Process
Core Contributions
Power, Sociologically Speaking
Polling, Politics, and the Populace According to Goren, Schuman, and Smith
Social Fact: Those Who Can, Vote?
Movements + Elections = Democracy
The Obama Era, the 2012 Election, and Systemic Racism
Cultural Contexts
The Social Functions of Religion in American Political Culture
Politics and Sports: Strange, Secret Bedfellows
Facebook's Impact on American Politics
Laughter and the Political Landscape
Critical Takes
The Paradoxes of Black Republicans
Let Herman Be Herman: Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain and the Utility of Blackness for the Political Right
The Perils of Transcendence
The Sociology of Silver
Joe Soss on American Poverty Governance, as It Is and as It Might Be
Discussion Guide and Group Activities
About the Contributors
Index

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