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Understanding Politics and Society

Authors: de Nardis, Fabio

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  • Exhaustively addresses all key topics within political sociology
  • Constructed around thematic units which may be either studied entirely or selectively
  • Examines contemporary social changes in a trans-disciplinary perspective
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This textbook presents political sociology as a connective social science that studies political phenomena by creating fruitful connections with other perspectives. The relationship between politics and society is more complex than ever due to the emergence of new power structures, forms of conflict organization and management, and social practices of political participation. Several scholars describe this historical phase as the 'de-politicization of representative politics'. The book addresses classical themes of and approaches to political sociology, but also dedicates several chapters to contemporary developments within political sociology, including, for instance, the role of the internet and bottom-up political communication in social movements. In addition, the volume acts as a professional tool for those scholars and researchers that are beginning to study political processes from a sociological perspective.


About the authors

Fabio de Nardis is Associate Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Salento, Italy, where he is also Research Affiliate of the Centre for Conflict and Participation Studies (CCPS) and Chairman of the BA and MA programme in sociology. He is Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed open access journal Partecipazione e conflitto (Participation and Conflict), published in English. His research focuses on social and political theory, democratisation, contentious politics, social movements, political participation, and populism.

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"This book joins a growing trend in both sociology and political science: After a phase in which the former turned to economics for its models, and the latter became increasingly presentist and non-comparative, both political scientists and sociologists have returned to their traditional juncture. This book links the two fields, with a deep historical and comparative approach and an encyclopedic bibliography. Ranging from Marx and Weber to the impacts of globalisation and social movements, it will be of great interest to specialists and students alike in both disciplines." (Sidney Tarrow, Cornell University, USA)
"Such a book is urgently needed. Fabio de Nardis’ contribution is remarkable in his effort to bridge political sciences and sociology. This is a book that lays the foundations for a new 'connective social science'. The account of the co-evolution between politics and society is not only encompassing, by reflecting the encyclopedic knowledge of the author, but it is also thrilling in the way it draws on comparative insights from different disciplines and country contexts. Ultimately, the author is clear in his intent that the new reality of globalisation and the urgent political challenges it poses also call for a global re-orientation of a discipline: a political sociology for the emerging global society and politics." (Hans-Jörg Trenz, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
"This timely and erudite book masterfully demonstrates that, in order to understand current developments in politics, we must (re)turn to political sociology. Fabio de Nardis forcefully argues how we can build on its vast and diverse theoretical traditions, commitment to comparative empirical research and capacity to dialogue with other social sciences. The book will be extremely valuable to scholars to learn how the discipline has tackled key issues in state-society relations but also grasp contemporary tensions in a globalised era from populism and territorial cleavages to the IT revolution." (Virginie Guiraudon, Sciences Po, Paris, France)
"The field of political sociology interconnects politics and society in several arenas, which growing but often unrelated bodies of literature have studied. This book is unique in identifying these multiple and complex interconnections, describing and examining the key research traditions and presenting them in a clear and systematic manner. It shows how politics is increasingly taking place in multiple societal domains and therefore how an interdisciplinary approach is needed to capture its multiple manifestations. Fabio de Nardis integrates many of the best insights from the fields of politics and sociology. First-rate awareness of these related subjects and the ability to interconnect them in such different domains as political communication, political parties and civil society organisations is the hallmark of this book, which makes it appealing to a broad audience." (Carlo Ruzza, University of Trento, Italy)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Politics and Society
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-37760-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-37760-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-37759-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 462
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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