The Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology / Edition 1

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The Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology brings together thirty-eight original essays covering the wide inter-disciplinary field of political sociology.

  • Represents the most comprehensive overview available in the field of political sociology
  • Covers traditional questions as well as emerging topics including recent debates on gender, citizenship, and political identity
  • Includes detailed editorial introduction, abstracts, further reading lists, and a consolidated bibliography.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Putting together a reader or companion in the field of political sociology is notoriously difficult. Kate Nash and Alan Scott have done a splendid job in producing a collection that is comprehensive, coherent, and up-to-date. The quality of the contributions is outstanding."
Krishan Kumar, University of Virginia

"An enormously comprehensive and pluralistic overview of contemporary debates in the field of political sociology. Though nobody will agree with all the contributors, everybody in the field will learn a lot from this stimulating volume."
—Hans Joas, Freie Universität, Berlin

"The parameters of politics are open and contested as never before. Nash and Scott's collection effectively captures the way contemporary social forces have disrupted older political assumptions. It fulfils the vital task of intellectual preparation for shaping new political agendas in a globalized and fragmented world."
—Martin Albrow, University of Surrey Roehampton

"The book's strong points would appear to be its catholic outlook in the best sense of the term, and its international, mainly British and European cast of established authors ..." (Canadian Journal of Sociology Online)

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Meet the Author

Kate Nash is Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her publications include Universal Difference: Feminism and the Liberal Undecidability of "Women" (1998) and Contemporary Political Sociology: Globalization, Politics, and Power (Blackwell, 2000), and editor of Readings in Contemporary Political Sociology (Blackwell, 2000).

Alan Scott is Professor of Sociology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He is the author of Ideology and the New Social Movements (1990) and editor of The Limits of Globalization (1997). He has recently completed co-editing and co-translating (with Helmut Staubmann) Georg Simmel’s Rembrandt: a Philosophical Essay (2004).

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Developments in Marxist Theory 7
2 Developments in Pluralist and Elite Approaches 17
3 Rational Choice Approaches to Analyzing Power 29
4 Power, Government, Politics 40
5 Society, Morality, and Law: Jurgen Habermas 49
6 A Political Sociology for Complex Societies: Niklas Luhmann 60
7 "Postmodern" Political Sociology 71
8 Studying Power 82
9 Theories of State Formation 95
10 Political Legitimacy 107
11 Gender and the State 117
12 Administration, Civil Service, and Bureaucracy 127
13 Policy Networks 139
14 Parties and Political Intermediation 149
15 Protest and Political Process 164
16 The Media and Politics 173
17 The Political Sociology of War 183
18 Revolution 195
19 Terror Against the State 208
20 Civil Society and the Public Sphere 219
21 Trust and Social Capital 230
22 Markets and States 240
23 Markets Against States: Neo-liberalism 250
24 Beyond New Social Movements: Social Conflicts and Institutions 261
25 The Politics of Ethnicity and Identity 271
26 Imagined Communities 281
27 Political Rituals 291
28 The Politics of Popular Culture 302
29 Body Politics 312
30 Citizenship and Gender 323
31 Postnational Citizenship: Reconfiguring the Familiar Terrain 333
32 Governmentality and Citizenship 342
33 Transformation, Transition, Consolidation: Democratization in Latin America 355
34 Feminism and Democracy 366
35 Postmodernization 375
36 Nationalism and Fragmentation Since 1989 386
37 A New Phase of the State Story in Europe 396
38 The "Singapore Model": Democracy, Communication, and Globalization 407
Bibliography 418
Index 462
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