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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education
ISBN 9780333968895
Publication Date January 2010
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Skills-based Sociology

Political organizations govern the way we live and have the power to make decisions on behalf of entire societies. But what political issues are important to our study of sociology and why? Do we really need to understand politics in order to fully understand society? And can individuals in society affect political change?

This student-focused book gives readers a clear introduction to the key ideas, themes and debates in political sociology. Combining accessible explanations with critical analysis, the book explores the ideas of classical and contemporary sociologists. It maps out how they have been developed, reinterpreted and evaluated in response to changes in society. In particular, the text also:

• defines, explores and assesses what is meant by 'power'
• assesses the modern political landscape of UK society and the ideologies of different political parties
• looks at voting patterns in the UK and asks what this tells us about society
• explores issues of globalization and nationalization and how they have shaped modern-day societies

As part of the Skills-Based Sociology series, Politics and Power is filled with a variety of tasks, activities and exam practice questions that encourage students to take an active role in their learning. Promoting critical thinking skills alongside development of knowledge, this book is the perfect starting-point for students learning about power and politics in society.

WARREN KIDD is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of East London, UK.
KAREN LEGGE is Course Team Leader for Sociology at Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, UK.
PHILIPPE HARARI teaches Government and Politics at Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, UK. 

Introducing the Nature of Power and Politics in Everyday Life
Classical Views on Power and Politics
Theories on the Nature and Distribution of Power
A New Sociology of Politics for a New World?
Changing Ideologies and the Transformation of Political Parties in the UK
Understanding Individual Political Participation
Theories on the Role of the State in Society
Globalisation, Nationalism and Revolution


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