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The Social Logic of Politics: Personal Networks As Contexts for Political Behavior / Edition 1

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Overview

Using classic theories and methodologies, this collection maintains that individuals make political choices by taking into account the views, preferences, evaluations, and actions of other people who comprise their social networks. These include family members, friends, neighbors, and workmates, among others. The volume re-establishes the research of the Columbia School of Electoral Sociology from several decades ago, and contrasts it with rational choice theory and the Michigan School of Electoral Analysis. Written by political scientists with a range of interests, this volume returns the social logic of politics to the heart of political science.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592131488
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : theoretical and methodological context
1 Returning to the social logic of politics 3
2 Individuals, dyads, and networks : autoregressive patterns of political influence 21
I Families as sources of strong political ties
3 Political similarity and influence between husbands and wives 51
4 Do couples support the same political parties? Sometimes : evidence from British and German household panel surveys 75
5 Family ties : understanding the intergenerational transmission of political participation 95
II Friends, workmates, neighbors, and political contexts : the effects of weak ties on electoral choices and political participation
6 Changing class locations and partisanship in Germany 117
7 Choosing alone? : the social network basis of modern political choice 132
8 Friends and politics : linking diverse friendship networks to political participation 152
9 Networks, gender, and the use of state authority : evidence from a study of Arab immigrants in Detroit 171
10 Putting voters in their places : local context and voting in England and Wales, 1997 184
11 Party identification, local partisan contexts, and the acquisition of participatory attitudes 209
12 Macro-politics and micro-behavior : mainstream politics and the frequency of political discussion in contemporary democracies 228
III The social logic of politics : looking ahead
13 Agent-based explanations for the survival of disagreement in social networks 251
14 Turnout in a small world 269
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