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Seeing Politics Differently A Brief Introduction to Political Sociology

ISBN-10: 0195437853

ISBN-13: 9780195437850

Edition: 2012

Authors: Karen Stanbridge, Howard Ramos

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Engaging and innovative, Seeing Politics Differently: A Brief Introduction to Political Sociology provides students with a concise introduction to political sociology - the study of how power is distributed within society - with a particular focus on the Canadian context. Using a uniqueapproach designed to help students to understand theory as it applies to familiar topics such as wealth, cultural status, and institutions, Seeing Politics Differently examines the way that power is created, maintained, and challenged not just within government but in schools, homes, workplaces, thecommunity - even how we see others as well as ourselves. Offering an accessible discussion of key works and perspectives within the discipline, with reference to contemporary examples throughout, the authors make a persuasive case for the importance of cultivating the ability to critically assesswho is permitted to hold power in our world, and on what basis.
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Book details

List price: $69.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 1/16/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.52" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Karen Stanbridge is associate professor of sociology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has a PhD from the University of Western Ontario and her areas of research are social theory, political sociology, state theory, social movements, and nationalism. She has completed works that explore the impact of national and international political institutions on British and French colonial policies, on British treatment of Catholics in Ireland and Quebec in the eighteenth century, on the post-World War I Aland Islands secessionist movement, and onloyalist and republican Irish movements during the World War I period. Her work has appeared in a variety of academic publications, including Sociological Quarterly, Nations and Nationalism, Journal of Historical Sociology, and Canadian Journal of Sociology. More recently, she has been concernedwith mapping the interactions between groups pursuing nationalist claims and the domestic and international political and cultural context within which they are compelled to operate. Her current research is focused on the historical and cultural construction of children and childhood, and their useby political actors.Howard Ramos is the acting graduate coordinator and associate professor of sociology and social anthropology at Dalhousie University. He obtained a PhD from McGill University. He is a political sociologist who examines contemporary issues of social justice. He has published on Canadian Aboriginalmobilization, transnational human rights, immigration, and identity. He continues to research these issues and is currently working on a project looking at the discursive opportunities of Aboriginal, environmental, and lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender advocacy non-governmental organizations.He is also pursuing a number of other research projects on the non-economic contributions, domestic migration, gender and urban/rural settlement of recent immigrants.

Figures, Tables, and Boxes
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Introduction
Power: Exercising It, Resisting It
Power as a Process
Class
Status
Party
Outline of Book
Summary
Questions for Critical Thought
Suggestions for Further Readings
Websites
Materialism
Introduction
Materialism and Class
The Original Materialist: Karl Marx (1818-1883)
Materialism after Marx
Materialism and Development
Materialism and the State
Materialism and Resistance
Materialism and Contemporary Inequalities
Summary
Questions for Critical Thought
Suggestions for Further Reading
Websites
Cultural and Social Status
Introduction
Weber: The Original Critic of Marx
Hegemony and the Culture Industry
Manufacturing Consent
Cultural and Social Capital
Cultural and Social Capital in Action
Social Capital and Social Networks
Presentation of Self
How the Cultural and Social Become 'Capital'
Collective Identity and Challenges to Power
Post-colonialism and Nationalism
Summary
Questions for Critical Thought
Suggestions for Further Reading
Websites
Institutions
Introduction
Institutions
The State
Bureaucracy and Institutional Inertia
The New Institutionalism
State Institutions and Nationalism
Organizations and State Institutions
The State and Violence
Party Power and Institutions
State Institutions and Claims to Citizenship
Political Opportunities and Political Process Theory (PPT)
Summary
Questions for Critical Thought
Suggestions for Further Reading
Websites
Emerging Trends in Political Sociology
Introduction
Social Forces and the Assumptions of Sociologists
Who-or What-Is a Social Actor?
Globalization?
Challenges to Citizenship
Empire
Is a New World Possible?
Transnationalism?
Summary
Questions for Critical Thought
Suggestions for Further Reading
Websites
Conclusion
Introduction
Political Sociology Is…
Remind Me Again Where the State Fits In
Political Sociology Can Enhance Your Social Literacy
But Where Do I Start?
Summary
Questions for Critical Thought
Suggestions for Further Reading
Websites
Glossary
Bibliography
Index