Sociology Index

Political Sociology

Political Sociology is the Study of Socio-Political Phenomena. The founders of political sociology were Max Weber and Moisey Ostrogorsky. Political Sociology can be traced through Montesquieu, Smith, Ferguson Karl Marx, David Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber, to contemporary theorists as Gellner, Anthony Giddens, Jurgen Habermas and Mann. Political sociology deals with power and the intersection of personality, social structure and politics. Political Sociology uses comparative history to analyze systems of government and economic organization to understand the political climate of societies. Political sociology was concerned with how social trends, and structures of domination affect formal political processes. Political sociology explores how various social forces work together to change political policies.

The political impact of the internet encompasses a number of issues: free access, technological determinism, encryption, commodification, intellectual property, the public sphere, decentralization, anarchy, propaganda, activism, terrorism, gender and ethnicity.

Political sociologists study every socio-political phenomenon, circumstances, fact, experience, and episode:

Political activities of social classes, racial and ethnic groups, genders, generations, elites and masses,

The political activities of gays and other groups like religious groups,

The political activities of terrorists and their motivation, strategy and agenda.

Journal of Political and Military Sociology - Considers a articles with diverse methodological and theoretical approaches. Politics and the established institutions are broadly defined to include not only the more established institutions within a given state and society but also those phenomena and political processes which are often outside the boundaries of the established order.

Political Sociology - Abstracts

Violence is a common means used by people and governments around the world to achieve political goals. Many groups and individuals believe that their political systems will never respond to their political demands. As a result they believe that violence is not only justified but also necessary in order to achieve their political objectives.

By the same token, many governments around the world believe they need to use violence in order to intimidate their populace into acquiescence. At other times, governments use force in order to defend their country from outside invasion or other threats of force. Political violence is used by citizens, groups, or governments in different contexts. Weberian Political Sociology and Sociological Disaster Studies Abstract The specialized field of disaster studies seems to be moving farther away from mainstream sociology, to the detriment of both. 

POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY - SEYMOUR MARTIN LIPSET Political Man In this book, Lipset explains the conditions which promote democracy, anti-democratic tendencies (working and middle class authoritarianism), and electoral tendencies.

Books on Political Sociology

New Critical Writings in Political Sociology -Kate Nash, Alan Scott, Anna Marie Smith, Editors.

Political Sociology: Power, Participation in the Modern World - Anthony M. Orum, John G. Dale.

Contemporary Political Sociology: Globalization, Politics, and Power - Book by Kate Nash.

The New Political Sociology of Science: Institutions, Networks, and Power (Science and Technology in Society) - Book by Scott Frickel (Editor), Kelly Moore (Editor).

The Political Sociology of the Welfare State: Institutions, Social Cleavages, and Orientations (Studies in Social Inequality) - Book by Stefan Svallfors (Editor).