Power, State and Society: An Introduction to Political Sociology

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This comprehensive theoretically-grounded text provides advanced undergraduates with a highly accessible introduction to political sociology. Students are introduced to major theories of political sociology early in the book, and see them applied to various topic areas in subsequent chapters. Numerous specific examples, from current issues in the United States as well as various historical and comparative settings, illustrate the major political sociological theories. In addition to covering the traditional core of political sociology, the text consciously links major ideas in political sociology to related substantive areas within sociology (for example, race, class, and gender inequality; media; schooling; and law and crime). Students are also introduced to contemporary developments in the field, including politics of culture, rational choice models, and “new” social movements.

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W. Lawrence Neuman is Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982. He is the author of several well-received research methodology textbooks and published in leading academic journals (American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Sociological Quarterly, Sociological Inquiry, Social Science Quarterly) on a range of political sociological issues. He is a University of Wisconsin-System Teaching Fellow, won his university’s Outstanding Researcher Award, and is listed in Who’s Who in America. He has received numerous grants to carry out curriculum innovations and instructional projects. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Japan, and also serves as director of Pacific Asian Educational Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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