The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

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The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science is a ten-volume set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of political science. This volume, The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis, sets out to synthesize and critique for the first time those approaches to political science that offer a more fine-grained qualitative analysis of the political world. The work in the volume has a common aim in being sensitive to the thoughts of contextual nuances that disappear from large-scale quantitative modelling or explanations based on abstract, general, or universal laws of human behavior. It shows that "context matters" in a great many ways: philosophical context matters; psychological context matters; cultural and historical contexts matter; place, population, and technology all matter. By showcasing scholars who specialize in the analysis of all these contexts side-by-side, the Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis shows how political scientists can take those crucial contextual factors systematically into account.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199548446
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/18/2008
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 888
  • Sales rank: 954,668
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert E. Goodin is Distinguished Professor of Social and Political Theory and Philosophy at the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University.

Charles Tilly was Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Sciences at Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction
1. It Depends, Charles Tilly and Robert E. Goodin
Part II. Philosophy Matters
2. Why and How Philosophy Matters, Philip Pettit
3. The Socialization of Epistemology, Louise Antony
4. Political Ontology, Colin Hay
5. Mind, Will, and Choice, James N. Druckman and Arthur Lupia
6. Theory, Fact, Logic, Rod Aya
Part III. Psychology Matters
7. Why and How Psychology Matters, Kathleen M. McGraw
8. Motivation and Emotion, James M. Jasper
9. Social Preferences, Homo Economicus, and Zoon Politikon, Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis
10. Frames and Their Consequences, Francesca Polletta and M. Kai Ho
11. Memory, Individual and Collective, Aleida Assmann
Part IV. Ideas Matter
12. Why and How Ideas Matter, Dietrich Rueschemeyer
13. Detecting Ideas and Their Effects, Richard Price
14. How Previous Ideas Affect Later Ideas, Neta C. Crawford
15. How Ideas Affect Actions, Jennifer L. Hochschild
16. Mistaken Ideas and Their Effects, Lee Clarke
Part V. Culture Matters
17. Why And How Culture Matters, Michael Thompson, Marco Verweij, and Richard J. Ellis
18. How to Detect Culture and its Effects, Pamela Ballinger
19. Race, Ethnicity, Religion, Courtney Jung
20. Language, Its Stakes and Its Effects, Susan Gal
21. The Idea of Political Culture, Paul Lichterman and Daniel Cefaï
Part VI. History Matters
22. Why and How History Matters, Charles Tilly
23. Historical Knowledge and Evidence, Roberto Franzosi
24. Historical Context and Path Dependence, James Mahoney and Daniel Schensul
25. Does History Repeat?, Ruth Berins Collier and Sebastián Mazzuca
26. The Present as History, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson
Part VII. Place Matters
27. Why and How Place Matters, Göran Therborn
28. Detecting the Significance of Place, R. Bin Wong
29. Space, Place, and Time, Nigel J. Thrift
30. Spaces and Places as Sites and Objects of Politics, Javier Auyero
31. Uses of Local Knowledge, Don Kalb
Part VIII. Population Matters
32. Why and How Population Matters, David Levine
33. The Politics of Demography, Bruce Curtis
34. Politics and Mass Immigration, Gary P. Freeman
35. Population Change, Urbanization, and Political Consolidation, Jeffrey Herbst
36. Population Composition as an Object of Political Struggle, David I. Kertzer and Dominique Arel
Part IX. Technology Matters
37. Why and How Technology Matters, Wiebe E. Bijker
38. The Gendered Politics of Technology, Judy Wacjman
39. Military Technologies and Politics, Wim A. Smit
40. Technology as a Site and Object of Politics, Sheila Jasanoff
Part X. Old and New
41. Duchamp's Urinal: Who Says What's Rational When Things Get Tough?, David E. Apter
42. The Behavioral Revolution and the Remaking of Comparative Politics, Lucian Pye

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