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Political culture is one of the central, but most difficult, concepts in political science. Culture and Politics: A Reader explores this concept by compiling previously-published works that focus on the core themes of political culture research: Concepts and Applications, Culture and Globalization, Popular Culture, Civil Society and Social Capital, Social Movements and Collective Identity, Culture and Political Change, and Culture and Rationality. Each section includes general and article introductions as well as a “suggested reading” list. Taken together, these features make Culture and Politics: A Reader a handy resource for students and teachers at both the graduate and the under-graduate level.

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Editorial Reviews

This reader's 22 essays are organized into seven sections, each section with an introduction focusing on topics like the following: cultures that foster democracy in difficult circumstances; the question of whether political culture is defined as mental dispositions only or this and something else; whether "culture" is an effective explanatory device (better than, say, analysis of the institutions within which people directly live and work, or analysis of the people do things); whether the world works through international market capitalism or through increasing fragmentation and rivalry; the debate about whether culture changes politics; and whether cultural explanations and rational interpretations of human behavior are rival or complementary forms of explaining human behaviors. No information is provided on the contributors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312233006
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Lane Crothers is Associate Professor of Political Science at Illinois State University. Charles Lockhart is Professor of Political Science at TCU.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Permissions xi
Editors' Introduction xv
Part I Concepts and Applications
Introduction 1
1. The Study of Political Culture 5
2. A Cause in Search of Its Effect, or What Does Political Culture Explain? 21
3. Culture and Identity in Comparative Political Analysis 39
4. The Startling Ability of Culture to Bring Critical Inquiry to a Halt 71
Part II Culture and Globalization
Introduction 75
5. Socialism and the Ideological Dimensions of Globalization 79
6. The Clash of Civilizations? 99
7. Singapore and the "Asian Values" Debate 119
Part III Popular Culture
Introduction 129
8. Deep Structures: Polpop Culture on Primetime Television 133
9. The Symbolic Annihilation of Women by the Mass Media 150
10. Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight 175
Part IV Civil Society and Social Capital
Introduction 203
11. The Politics of Virtue Today: A Critique and a Proposal 207
12. Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital 223
13. Making Social Science Work Across Space and Time: A Critical Reflection on Robert Putnam's Making Democracy Work 235
Part V Social Movements, Collective Identity, and Political Culture
Introduction 249
14. Culture and Social Movements 253
15. Cultural Power and Social Movements 269
16. Cultural Conflict in America 284
Part VI Culture and Political Change
Introduction 303
17. A Culturalist Theory of Political Change 307
18. Does Latin America Exist? (And Is There a Confucian Culture?) 325
19. Patterns of Response 348
Part VII Culture and Rationality
Introduction 359
20. Social Norms and Economic Theory 363
21. Socioeconomics and the New "Battle of Methods": Toward a Paradigm Shift? 381
22. Rationality and Interpretation: Parliamentary Elections in Early Stuart England 393
Notes 413
Index 435
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