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Introduction to Politics, State and Society

by James McAuley SAGE Publications Ltd
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Pbk 240 pages
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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 and Society is an essential text for all undergraduate students of politics, the contemporary state, power and political sociology.

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?