Power, Politics and Society: An Introduction to Political Sociology discusses how sociologists have organized the study of politics into conceptual frameworks, and how each of these frameworks foster a sociological perspective on power and politics in society. This includes discussing how these frameworks can be applied to understanding current issues and other "real life" aspects of politics.
This second edition incorporates new material on cultural divides in American politics, emerging roles for the state, the ongoing effects of the Great Recession and recovery, the 2016 election, social media, and the various policies introduced during the Trump administration and how they affect people’s lives.
"Dobratz, Buzzell, and Waldner masterfully present the principal themes in political sociology in ways that compel students to see how their lives are shaped by power and politics and highlights how they can reshape power relations through social networks, organizations, and social institutions."
--Robert Futrell, Professor and Chair, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
"This book provides a comprehensive overview and very thorough treatment of the main ideas and arguments within political sociology. I especially like the authors' attention to culture, and their detailed presentation of the ways in which politics and the state frame and permeate so many elements of everyday life. Truly they will help you to see, as Antonio Gramsci noted, that all of social life is, in some way or other, political."
--Paul McLean, Professor, Sociology, Rutgers University
"Power, Politics and Society 2nd edition is a highly engaging introduction to the major theories, topics and debates within the field of political sociology. The clearly-written prose manages to combine significant breadth of coverage with accessible and intriguing examples to draw students in and demonstrate the continued value of using sociology to examine power, politics and their own lives."
--Scott Fitzgerald, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Sociology, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Chapter 1 Power; Chapter 2 Role of the State; Chapter 3 Politics, Culture, and Social Processes; Chapter 4 The Politics of Everyday Life: Political Economy; Chapter 5 The Politics of Everyday Life: Social Institutions and Social Relations; Chapter 6 Political Participation; Chapter 7 Elections and Voting; Chapter 8 Social Movements; Chapter 9 Violence and Terrorism; Chapter 10 Globalization