Civil Society and Class Politics: Essays on the Political Sociology of Seymour Martin Lipset

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In Civil Society and Class Politics, a special collection of professional comment and personal tribute, some of Lipsets closest colleagues have gathered to review his life work in political sociology. This volume includes essays on sociology and socialism, the collapse of class politics, political leadership, the perpetuation of inequality across generations, political extremism, religion as a source of polarization, working-class authoritarianism, and an examination of civil life in the United States across the ...

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Overview

In Civil Society and Class Politics, a special collection of professional comment and personal tribute, some of Lipsets closest colleagues have gathered to review his life work in political sociology. This volume includes essays on sociology and socialism, the collapse of class politics, political leadership, the perpetuation of inequality across generations, political extremism, religion as a source of polarization, working-class authoritarianism, and an examination of civil life in the United States across the century. The volume is further graced by two special features: an academic memoir entitled "Steady Work" written by Lipset, and a full-scale bibliography of his books, monographs and pamphlets. In short, this is a specialist volume for social scientists that can be easily enjoyed by readers outside the field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765808189
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Irving Louis Horowitz (1929-2012) was Hannah Arendt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at Rutgers University. He was the founder and served as chairman of the board and editorial director of Transaction Publishers. A prolific writer, he authored more than fifty books, as well as hundreds of articles and essays.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 What happened to socialism and does it matter? 1
2 Seymour Martin Lipset : the social uses of anomaly 11
3 The breakdown of class politics 23
4 When leadership failed 49
5 Unequal at the starting line : creating participatory inequalities across generations and among groups 69
6 Political extremism - left, center, and right 107
7 American religion and political polarities 123
8 Lipset and "working-class" authoritarianism 131
9 An analysis of U.S. civil society 161
10 Steady work : an academic memoir 173
Books, monographs, and pamphlets by Seymour Martin Lipset 205
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