This concise, accessible text presents an overview of the relevance of culture for politics. Culture figures prominently in the theories of the great classics such as Marx, Durkheim and Weber. Recently, the cultural approach to politics has developed quickly, and the concept of political culture has played a role in these developments, particularly given the emergence of large-scale survey research into political value orientations.
Seeking to outline this rapid development, the book is divided into three sections:
- Section I of the book discusses the relevance of cultural perspectives to political analysis including discussion of the most significant concepts and methods.
- Section II looks at the core elements of political culture – tradition, ethnicity and religion.
- Section III examines emerging research avenues and opportunities including social capital, value orientations in the postmodern world, newer formulations of political culture such as gender and sexuality and the influence of the environment.
Drawing on a wealth of examples and a comprehensive analysis of comparative data, this textbook is essential reading for all students of political culture, research methods, political sociology and comparative politics.
Table of Contents
Introductory Chapter: On Cultural Analysis of Politics Part 1: On the Methodology of Cultural Analysis 1. Cultural Enquiry: Scientific Objectivity and Ethical Neutrality 2. Cultural Studies: Subjectivism and ‘Verstehen’ Part 2: Elements of Culture 3. Ethnicity 4. Religion 5. Tradition 6. Religion or Tradition: The Lack of Modernization in the Arab world Part 3: Research into Value-Orientations: Some Critiques 7. Methodology for the Enquiry into Value-Orientations 8. Gender and Homosexuality 9. Basic Value-Orientations 10. Social Capital: Identification of the Concept(s) 11. Ambiguity of Post-Materialism 12. What are Self-Expression or Emancipatory Values? Part 4: Exploration into New Values 13. Happiness or Life Satisfaction 14. Culture and Ecology 15. Globalization Values 16. Culture and Conflicts 17. Causes of Cultural Conflicts 18. New Aspects of the Attitudes towards Homosexuality and Gender
Jan-Erik Lane has taught as a professor in several universities around the globe. He has published numerous books and articles on many topics in political science. He is currently Professor at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany.
Uwe Wagschal holds the chair of Political Sciences with focus on Comparative Politics at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany.