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The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology, 2v

The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology, 2v

Two Volume Set

December 2017 | 1 282 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

A comprehensive handbook that attempts to cover the whole field of topics that a reader interested primarily in actual politics needs to understand. This would include some literatures that flourish primarily outside of sociology (and particularly outside of American sociology) as well as some topics, such as clientelism and community power, that have become less active research topics but which nevertheless are important parts of a comprehensive overview of political life in its social aspects. The book we propose will be a somewhat longer than standard length Handbook, with around forty authors of contributions under 10,000 words each, and a bibliography.


The audience for this book would be students and scholars, but the primary purpose of the book would be to provide essential conceptual and empirical background to the social study of politics. One of the oddities of this field is that many of the texts that are still taught to students, such as Lipset’s Political Man, are quite old, and based on research done in the fifties. Even in the research literature, it is common to find references to works like Bachrach and Baratz’s Two Faces of Power of 1962. The journal literature in political sociology narrowly understood, however, while it is very sophisticated, tends to be self-referential and inaccessible to outsiders, and to be selective in the actual political topics it addresses. 

William Outhwaite and Stephen Turner
Bryan S. Turner
Chapter 1: Classical approaches: Origins and development of the theory of politics
Yves Déloye
Chapter 2: Historical Political Sociology
Robert John Bideleux
Chapter 3a: Marx and Marxism up to The Second World War
Robert John Bideleux
Chapter 3b: Marxism Since 1945: The Post-1940s Decline In Marxism’s Appeal As An Ideology Of Mass Movements And Regimes
Sandro Segre
Chapter 4: Elite theory and ‘democratic elitism’
Geoff Evans and Noah Carl
Chapter 5: Class and Politics
Claire Blencowe
Chapter 6: Foucault and Political Sociology
Celia Valiente
Chapter 7: Gender and Political Sociology
Lucy Mayblin
Chapter 8: Postcolonial Theory
Álvaro Morcillo Laiz and Salvador Mateos
Chapter 9: International Relations and Political Sociology
Arpad Szakolczai and Agnes Horvath
Chapter 10: Political Anthropology
Chris Thornhill
Chapter 11: Law and Political Sociology
Kevan Harris and Christiana Parreira
Chapter 12: International Political Economy
Andreas Tutic and Ulf Liebe
Chapter 13: Rational Choice
Rob Stones
Chapter 14: Political Sociology and Political Theory
Jonathan Hearn
Chapter 15: Power
Iver B. Neumann and Scott Hamilton
Chapter 16: Governmentality
Peter Lista and Fabio Rojas
Chapter 17: Institutions
Alexander C Diener and Joshua Hagen
Chapter 18: The Political Sociology and Geography of Borders
Larry Ray
Chapter 19: Globalization
Alan Scott
Chapter 20: The State
Luz Marina Arias and Luis De la Calle
Chapter 21: Weak States
Frank Adloff
Chapter 22: Civil Society: History, Concepts and Current Developments
Peter Kivisto
Chapter 23: Citizenship: T.H. Marshall and Beyond
Stephen Welch
Chapter 24: Political Culture
Russell David Foster
Chapter 25: The Concept of Empire
Richard Lachmann
Chapter 26: Empires as a Political Form
Jonathan Leader Maynard
Chapter 27: Ideology
Stephanie L. Mudge
Chapter 28: Neo-liberalism and the Study of “Isms”
Gerassimos Moschonas
Chapter 29: Socialism, Social Democracy, Communism
Roger Griffin and Constantin Iordachi
Chapter 30: Fascism
Carlos de la Torre
Chapter 31: Populism
Steven Grosby
Chapter 32: Nationalism
David Spence
Chapter 33: Federalism
Paul Blokker
Chapter 34: Democracy and Democratization: Theory and Research
Carles Boix and Michael K. Miller
Chapter 35: Causal Models of Democratization
Chua Beng Huat
Chapter 36: Asian Model of Democracy
Charles Turner
Chapter 37: Islamism, Political Islam
Liah Greenfeld
Chapter 38: Revolution
Matias Dewey
Chapter 39: State Power and Crime
Christian Olsson and Siniša Maleševic
Chapter 40: War
Dustin Garlitz
Chapter 41: Genocide
Ezequiel González-Ocantos and Paula Muñoz
Chapter 42: Clientelism
Alexander Ruser
Chapter 43: Experts and Science and Politics
Andrea Calderaro
Chapter 44: Social Media and Politics
Michael McDevitt
Chapter 45: Political Socialization and Child Development
Davita Silfen Glasberg and Deric Shannon
Chapter 46: Resistance
Hadi Khoshneviss and Robert D. Benford
Chapter 47: Social Movements
June Edmunds
Chapter 48: Migration
Alana Lentin
Chapter 49: Race
Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca Rodriguez
Chapter 50: Terrorism
Roman David
Chapter 51: Transitional Justice
Li Bennich-Björkman
Chapter 52: Post-Communism
John McLevey and Ryan Deschamps
Chapter 53: Public Policy Formation and Implementation
Filipe Carreira da Silva
Chapter 54: Welfare State
Paul A. Djupe
Chapter 55: Religion and Politics
William Peter Baehr and Daniel Gordon
Chapter 56: Paradoxes of Diversity
Steven Panageotou
Chapter 57: Corporate Power in the 21st Century
James J. Chriss
Chapter 58: Political Violence in Historical Perspective
Helena Carreiras
Chapter 59: Military sociology
Anselma Gallinat
Chapter 60: The Politics of Memory
Dmytro Khutkyy and Christopher Chase-Dunn
Chapter 61: World-System
Didier Georgakakis
Chapter 62: European Integration
Klaus Schlichte
Chapter 63: Politics in African States
Peter deSouza
Chapter 64: Minority Rights and Democracy in India
Chih-Chieh Tang, Feng-Tsan Lin and Hung-Chang Wu
Chapter 65: China: Ancien, Régime, Revolution and After
Helen Mary Rizzo
Chapter 66: The 'Middle East'
Gerard Delanty
Chapter 67: Europe in a New World Context

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