An Introduction to Politics, State and Society
- James W McAuley - University of Huddersfield, UK
British Government and Politics | Political Sociology | Politics (General)
Key underlying themes include:
- the differences between traditional and alternative `sites of power' and what we mean by `political'
- the relationships between politics, society and how individuals become and remain engaged with politics
- the rapid transformations in contemporary social structures and their impact on social and political life
- the role of human agency and its significance to social and political action and movements
- contemporary cultural and social dislocations and their impact on some of the major contested areas of political life today.
Key features include:
- key concepts and issues
- key theorists and writers
- discussion questions
Comprehensive and accessible, An Introduction to Politics, State & Society is an essential text for all undergraduate students of politics, the contemporary state, power and political sociology.
James W McAuley is Professor of Political Sociology and Irish Studies in the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield
A good introduction to the way politics works. Chapters are easy to follow, and text is easily understandable to people who are new to the subject.
using this book for social policy with 16-19 year olds and will recommend this to students to buy and read up on.
Deatiled and informative and covers an effective range of ideas and debate.
I found this a very interesting book and it does offer the reader an interesting introduction into politics, state and society. However I will not be adopting this because the book is focused primarily on the UK and this does not currently fit in with the modules I will be traching.
Mr Mc Auley has written a very insightful text which is well structure and essential I feel for any undergraduate student beginning their studies in way politics interacts within the constructs of society. The simplistic manner in which the author brings us on the journey through key theorists and indeed the ever changing political landscape of the 21st century should be commended. Again a must have for any student of political theory