An Introduction To Politics, State And Society

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Overview

This major new textbook will equip students with a complete understanding of contemporary politics, state and society in the United Kingdom today.

Key underlying themes include:

  • The differences between traditional and alternative ‘sites of power’ and what we mean by ‘political’
  • the relationships between politics, society and how individuals become and remain engaged with politics
  • the rapid transformations in contemporary social structures and their impact on social and political life
  • the role of human agency and its significance to social and political action and movements
  • contemporary cultural and social dislocations and their impact on some of the major contested areas of political life today.

Key features include:

  • Key concepts and issues
  • Key theorists and writers
  • Discussion questions

Comprehensive and accessible, An Introduction to Politics, State & Society is an essential text for all undergraduate students of politics, the contemporary state, power and political sociology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803979321
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/21/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Politics, State and Society
PART ONE: POLITICS, POWER, POLITICAL LEGITIMACY AND THE STATE
Founding Arguments
Theorizing Politics, Power and the State
Legitimacy and Power in the United Kingdom
PART TWO: SOCIETY AND THE STATE
(Re)defining Politics
Neoliberalism and the State
The Politics of the Welfare and the Welfare State
Northern Ireland, Political Violence and the Politics of Terrorism
PART THREE: THE FUTURE OF POLITICS AND THE STATE
Social Class, Postmodernism and the End of Politics?
Politics in the New Millennium
Globalization and the End of Social Democracy?

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