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Political Sociology

Power and Participation in the Modern World, Fifth Edition

Anthony M. Orum and John G. Dale

The substantially revised and updated new fifth edition of this comprehensive text shows the broad social bases of politics and identifies how politics and actions by government can influence the fate of nations and their citizens. The text provides insight into recent political sociological theories and helps students make sense of the many major social and political changes taking place in the world. With a focus on the economy and politics, states and societies, civil society and politics, basic forms of political rule, power and equality in modern America, political parties, and citizen participation, this text is the perfect foundation for undergraduate courses in political sociology.

Readership : Suitable for courses in Political Sociology.

1. Introduction and Overview
2. On the Economy and Politics: Karl Marx and Neo-Marxists
3. On States and Societies: Max Weber and the Neo-Weberians
4. On Civil Society and Politics: Emile Durkheim and Alexis de Tocqueville
5. Concluding Observations: Polyani and the Future
6. The Basic Nature of Political Authority
7. Globalization, Authority and Power
8. Power and Authority in America
9. Power and Authority in the Metropolis
10. Political Parties
11. Social Movements
12. The Power of Organizations
13. The Mass Media
14. Political Participation and the Pursuit of Democracy

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Anthony M. Orum is Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. John G. Dale is Assistant Professor of Sociology at George Mason University.

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Special Features

  • Familiarizes students with writings on the American welfare state, social networks, and the business world.
  • Introduces a wide variety of perspectives and ideas.
  • Encourages students' awareness and involvement in material.
  • Provides students with current, popular assessments of topics.
  • A comprehensive introduction to the field of political sociology.
New to this Edition
  • Key chapters have been updated and revised, including the chapters on major theorists, as well as the chapters on power and authority in America, power and authority in the metropolis, and political parties.
  • New coauthor, John G. Dale of George Mason University.
  • Four new chapters have been added: Chapter 5 on Karl Polanyi, Chapters 10 and 11 on social movements, and Chapter 13 on the mass media.