Political Sociology

A Critical Introduction

Author: Keith Faulks

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814727093

Category: Political Science

Page: 248

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This volume introduces the key conceptual debates and approaches in contemporary political sociology. It explores the relationship between the state and civil society, globalization, new social movements and citizenship.

Nationalism

A Critical Introduction

Author: Philip Spencer,Howard Wollman

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761947219

Category: Social Science

Page: 238

View: 9563

Spencer and Wollman seek to challenge fixed notions of national identity, ethnicity and culture to more fully explore and understand the contemporary complexities of citizenship and the genuine potential for a cosmopolitan democracy.

Max Weber

a critical introduction

Author: Kieran Allen

Publisher: Pluto Pr

ISBN: 9780745322391

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 218

View: 3710

Ideal student introduction to Weber's sociology that offers critical analysis in the context of Weber's political beliefs.

Sociology and the Environment

A Critical Introduction to Society, Nature and Knowledge

Author: Alan Irwin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745667333

Category: Social Science

Page: 222

View: 7668

Can sociology help us to tackle environmental problems? What can sociology tell us about the nature of the environment and about the origins and consequences of environmental risks, hazards and change? In this important new book Alan Irwin maps out this emerging field of knowledge, teaching and research. He reviews the key sociological debates in the field and sets out a new framework for analysis and practice. Among the themes examined are constructivism and realism, sustainable development and theories of the risk society. Readers are also introduced to communities at risk, institutional regulation and the environmental consequences of technology. Particular topics for discussion include genetically modified organisms, nuclear power, pesticide safety and the local hazards of the chemical industry. Rather than maintaining a fixed boundary between nature and society, Irwin highlights the hybrid character of environmental issues and emphasizes the role of social and cultural factors within environmental policy. Combining theoretical discussion and case-studies with a sensitivity to the concerns of environmental policy and practice, Sociology and the Environment provides an excellent introduction to an expanding and immensely important field. It will be a valuable text for students and scholars in sociology, geography, environmental studies and related disciplines.

Political Sociology in a Global Era

An Introduction to the State and Society

Author: Berch Berberoglu

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317254031

Category: Social Science

Page: 242

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Political Sociology in a Global Era provides a critical analysis of the origins, nature, development, and transformation of the state and society historically and today, examining the class nature and social basis of politics and the state in different societal settings. The book emphasizes the centrality of class relations in explaining political power and the role of the state in class-divided societies by providing powerful theoretical and empirical analyses of themes in political sociology in an era of globalization. It examines in detail the major political issues and events of our time, and makes them relevant to the study of power and politics today. Some of the features of this text include: Introduces a global political sociology emphasizing the dynamics of power relations Provides a critical analysis of the role of politics and the state within the world-historical process Describes classical and contemporary theories of politics and the state Explains the origins and development of the state, discussing the nature of the state, its class basis, and contradictions in different types of societies Considers the dynamics of the capitalist state and traces its development in Europe and the United States from the 18th century to the present Details the role of the advanced capitalist state in the global political economy at the current, advanced stage of late capitalism Discusses the social movements that have been actively struggling against the capitalist state from earlier times to the present, including the Arab Spring, focusing on recent developments in both advanced capitalist and less-developed capitalist societies where mobilization of the masses has led to struggles against the capitalist state on a global scale Offers an original analysis of global capitalism and places it in the context of the current crisis of the global capitalist system

News and News Sources

A Critical Introduction

Author: Paul Manning

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761957960

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 251

View: 8819

News and News Sources offers a fresh introduction to the sociology of news. News and News Sources: reviews new research in the rapidly expanding field of political communication, drawing upon material from Britain, Europe and the USA; provides a clear introduction to the processes of news production and the implications of the rise in global electronic news communication; and assesses the various theoretical frameworks available for analysing these developments including fuctionalism, pluralism, Marxism, political economy, hegemony theory, discourse theory and postmodernism.

The Liberal Political Science of Raymond Aron

A Critical Introduction

Author: Daniel J. Mahoney

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847677160

Category: Philosophy

Page: 187

View: 872

This is a critical introduction to Raymond Aron's conception of political science, based on a careful study of one of his central statements, The Dawn of Universal History, with collateral reference to most of his other major works, and with a clear account of his unfolding thought. Mahoney discusses Aron's relationship to such political and social thinkers as Aristotle, Tocqueville, Marx, Strauss and Von Hayek. He shows how Aron represented in a lively and vigorous way a tradition of political prudence increasingly under theoretical and practical assault. Mahoney argues that Aron's notion of political science is superior to today's reigning social science in scope, rigour and availability to practical political leaders and citizens.

Security

A Critical Introduction

Author: Lee Jarvis,Jack Holland

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230391974

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

View: 9933

This major new text provides an accessible yet intellectually rigorous introduction to contemporary Security Studies. It focuses on eight fundamental debates relating to international security, integrating a wide range of empirical issues and theoretical approaches within its critical interrogation of these.

Social Media

A Critical Introduction

Author: Christian Fuchs

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473987490

Category: Computers

Page: 400

View: 9706

This book equips students with the critical thinking they need to understand the complexities and contradictions of social media and make informed judgements. The second edition explores the sharing economy of Uber and Airbnb and social media in China.

The Mediation of Power

A Critical Introduction

Author: Aeron Davis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134136609

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 2556

The Mediation of Power investigates how those in positions of power use and are influenced by media in their everyday activities. Each chapter examines this theme through an exploration of some of the key topics and debates in the field, including: theories of media and power media policy and the economics of information news production and journalistic practice public relations and media management culture and power political communication and mediated politics new and alternative media interest group communications media audiences and effects. The debates are enlivened by first-hand accounts taken from over 200 high-profile interviews with politicians, journalists, public officials, spin doctors, campaigners and captains of industry. Tim Bell, David Blunkett, Iain Duncan Smith, Simon Heffer, David Hill, Simon Hughes, Trevor Kavanagh, Neil Kinnock, Peter Riddell, Polly Toynbee, Michael White and Ann Widdecombe are some of those cited.

Race and Ethnicity in Canada

A Critical Introduction

Author: Vic Satzewich,Nikol Liodakis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780199021178

Category:

Page: 352

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Now in its fourth edition, this accessible text engages students in a critical examination of the complex and often paradoxical patterns of "race" and ethnic relations in the Canadian context. Beginning with an overview of the major theoretical approaches in the field, this concise volume goeson to explore French/English relations, Indigenous/settler relations, immigration, and multiculturalism in Canada and throughout the world.

The Politics of Restorative Justice

A Critical Introduction

Author: Andrew Woolford

Publisher: Brunswick Books

ISBN: 9781552663165

Category: Education

Page: 175

View: 4356

Using detailed case studies from South Africa and aboriginal communities in Canada, this study lays out the philosophical and legal background of the restorative justice movement and shows how merely using it as another form of punishment violates its fundamental principles. Exploring how restorative justice involves political actors as well as structural forces, the discussion covers its use in prisons, truth and reconciliation commissions, with troubled youth, and—in ideal circumstances—entire communities.

Living sociology

a critical introduction

Author: Deena Weinstein,Michael A. Weinstein

Publisher: David McKay Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 488

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Hannah Arendt: A Critical Introduction

Author: Finn Bowring

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1312382708

Category: Self-Help

Page: N.A

View: 638

Hannah Arendt is one of the most famous political theorists of the twentieth century, yet in the social sciences her work has rarely been given the attention it deserves. This careful and comprehensive study introduces Arendt to a wider audience. Finn Bowring shows how Arendt's writings have engaged with and influenced prominent figures in the sociological canon, and how her ideas may shed light on some of the most pressing social and political problems of today. He explores her critique of Marx, her relationship to Weber, the influence of her work on Habermas and the parallels and discrepancies between her and Foucault. This is a clearly written and scholarly text which surveys the leading debates over Arendt's work, including discussions of totalitarianism, the public sphere and the nature of political responsibility. This book will bring new perspectives to students and lecturers in sociology and politics.

Henri Lefebvre

A Critical Introduction

Author: Andrew Merrifield

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135434964

Category: Architecture

Page: 240

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Philosopher, sociologist and urban theorist, Henri Lefebvre is one of the great social theorists of the twentieth century. This accessible and innovative introduction to the work of Lefebvre combines biography and theory in a critical assessment of the dynamics of Lefebvre's character, thought, and times. Exploring key Lefebvrian concepts, Andy Merrifield demonstrates the evolution of Lefebvre's philosophy, while stressing the way his long and adventurous life of ideas and political engagement live on as an enduring and inspiring interrelated whole.

Pierre Bourdieu

A Critical Introduction

Author: Jeremy F. Lane

Publisher: Pluto Press

ISBN: 9780745315010

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

View: 5673

'This beautifully written and lucidly argued study is the most persuasive account of Bourdieu's work yet to be published. Lane illuminates much that can puzzle a foreign readership by expertly situating Bourdieu within a French context. At the same time he points to those aspects of Bourdieu's writing which are of particular relevance to contemporary debates on questions of citizenship and globalization. He gives a fascinating account of Bourdieu's astonishingly prescient analyses of the impact of the expansion of higher education, the influence of the mass media, the growth of the culture industries, and the changing nature of political and social elites, not just in France, but in the western world.' Professor Jill Forbes, Queen Mary and Westfield, University of London

Social Theory, Social Policy And Ageing: A Critical Introduction

Critical Perspectives

Author: Biggs, Simon,Estes, Caroll,Phillipson, Chris

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335209068

Category: Social Science

Page: 191

View: 619

This work covers theoretical developments and issues influencing the study of adult ageing. It explores contemporary trends in social policy drawing on the experience of ageing in the USA, Europe and an increasingly global environment. Feminist perspectives on ageing are also covered.

Contemporary Political Sociology

Globalization, Politics and Power

Author: Kate Nash

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444320770

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 8376

This fully revised and updated introduction to political sociology incorporates the burgeoning literature on globalization and shows how contemporary politics is linked to cultural issues, social structure and democratizing social action. New material on global governance, human rights, global social movements, global media New discussion of democracy and democratization Clearly lays out what is at stake in deciding between alternatives of cosmopolitanism, imperialism and nationalism Includes additional discussion of the importance of studying culture to political sociology

Foucault

A Critical Introduction

Author: Lois McNay

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745667856

Category: Social Science

Page: 202

View: 9708

This work provides an introduction to the work of Michel Foucault. It offers an assessment of all of Foucault's work, including his final writings on governmentality and the self. McNay argues that the later work initiates an important shift in his intellectual concerns which alters any retrospective reading of his writings as a whole. Throughout, McNay is concerned to assess the normative and political implications of Foucault's social criticism. She goes beyond the level of many commentators to look at the values from which Foucault's work springs and reveals the implicit assumptions underlying his social critique. The author also provides an account and assessment of recent literature on Foucault, including that of Habermas and Taylor. She discusses Foucault's position in the modernity/postmodernity debate, his own ambivalence to Enlightenment thought and his place in recent developments in feminist and cultural theory.