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SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology (Two Volume Set)

by William Outhwaite and Stephen Turner SAGE Publications Ltd
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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. 


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

A very useful reference book for sociologists and political theorists, the entries in this volume show an excellent sense of the historical development and inter-disciplinary study of key concepts and areas – mostly those that are considered central to political sociology, but with a new additions and some interesting surprises.  

I recently published a short book on European Society (Polity Press, 2008) and a second edition of my book on Habermas (Polity Presss, 2009). A book chapter on the emergence of the idea of the social in nineteenth century philosophy is in press. Currently working on social and political change in Europe since 1989, supported by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship. Stephen Turner is Graduate Research Professor. His Ph.D. is from the University of Missouri. His dissertation, Sociological Explanation as Translation , was published in 1980 by Cambridge . He is the author of a number of books in the history and philosophy of social science and statistics, including books on Max Weber, on whom he also edited the Cambridge Companion volume. He is the co-author of the standard one-volume history of American Sociology, The Impossible Science. He has also written extensively in science studies, especially on patronage and the politics and economics of science, and on the concept of practices, including two books, The Social Theory of Practices and Brains//Practices/ Relativism . His Liberal Democracy 3.0: Civil Society in an Age of Experts, reflects his interest in the problem the political significance of science. Among his other current interests are problems of explaining normativity, especially the conflict between philosophical and social scientific accounts, and issues relating to the implications of cognitive neuroscience for social theory, especially related to the problem of tacit knowledge and mirror neurons. He is also engaged in a large project on the realism of Hans Kelsen and Max Weber and its relevance for contemporary discussions of political theory and law. His most recent book, Explaining the Normative (Polity 2010) is a critique and an alternative to the accounts of “normativity?? one finds in philosophers like McDowell, Brandom, Korsgaard, Nagel, and the like. Among his other recent edited books are The SAGE Handbook of Social Science Methodology, with William Outhwaite, and The Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory, with Gerard Delanty. He has had fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences.