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The SOciology of Politics

Edited by William Outhwaite, Newcastle University and Luke Martell, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Sussex, UK
This scholarly collection presents some of the most important classical and contemporary texts of relevance to political sociology. Volume I offers an overview of the sociological approach to the concepts of power and the state; it examines state theory in the 1970s from both a Marxist and Capitalist point of view, the recent shift of political power from the state to other areas of society, this issue of citizenship, and the welfare state.
Three volume set
Extent: 1,976 pp
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Publication Date: 1998
ISBN: 978 1 85278 901 5
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This scholarly collection presents some of the most important classical and contemporary texts of relevance to political sociology. Volume I offers an overview of the sociological approach to the concepts of power and the state; it examines state theory in the 1970s from both a Marxist and Capitalist point of view, the recent shift of political power from the state to other areas of society, this issue of citizenship, and the welfare state.

Volume II focuses on the most important political formations and processes in modern societies: democracy, revolution and totalitarianism. It also looks more broadly at political processes in non-industrial societies and at recent historical and sociological analyses of global political systems.

Volume III offers analyses of the principal political ideologies and movements of the twentieth century. Other topics covered include military power and regimes and the social bases of politics such as classes and elites, ethnicity, gender and religion.
‘. . . this reader is a must for the enthusiastic. . .’
– Stephen Hunt, Reviewing Sociology
Contributors: S. Amin, M. Burgess, C.J. Friedrich, J. Habermas, D. Held, O. Kirchheimer, M. Kitchen, D. Lane, S. Lukes, K. Marx, C. Offe, C. Pateman, U.K. Preuss, V. Randall, S. Rowbotham, I. Wallerstein, M. Weber
Contents: Acknowledgements Introduction Volume I: Power and the State • Volume II: Forms of Politics Part I: Politics in Non-Industrial States Part II: Revolution Part III: Democracy Part IV: Totalitarianism Part V: Globalized Politics Part VI: Political Ritual • Volume III: Political Ideologies and Movements Part I: Part II: Military Power and Regimes Part III: Social Bases of Politics