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Political Sociology

Political Sociology
Oppression, Resistance, and the State

January 2011 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Taking a multidimensional approach, this book emphasizes the interplay between power, inequality, multiple oppressions, and the state. This framework provides students with a unique focus on the structure of power and inequality in society today.
Chapter 1 - Power, Oppression, and the State: An Introduction
Chapter 2 - From the Top Down? Power Structure Theories
Chapter 3 -“Is This the Best or Only Possible World?” Oppression and Socialization
Chapter 4 - Power to the People? Voting and Electoral Participation
Chapter 5 - Who’s in Charge Here? The State and Society
Chapter 6 - From the Bottom Up? Social Movements and the State
Chapter 7 - State Policies and Practices: Racialized, Class-Based, and Gendered Oppression

This textbook is a great addition to existing literature. Students find it useful to convay complex ideas in an understandable manner. The content is engaging, well argued and clearly communicated which encourages a high degree of critical thinking on the central topics this module deals with. In particular, the content on voting participation, social movements, the state and theories of power are particularly useful. I have recommended it for consideration to colleagues teaching within social and political theory, as it is an indispensable tool for students studying in these areas.

Mr Ewan Kerr
Politics and Sociology (Hamilton), University of the West of Scotland
November 2, 2016

nice critical sections to complement the original articles and materials that I primarily use

Professor Erich Steinman
Behavioral Social Science Div, Pitzer College
June 8, 2012

This book is good and fresh - it offers an easily accessile introduction into the timely issues in contemporary Western societies that circle around how we may come to accept and comply with the interests of dominants in society. It focuses on the structure of power and inequality to examine the pattern of who gaines and who loses and why.

As it is very much centered on the US experience and discussion I do not adopt it as essential reading for a course at an European University but recommend it as supplemental reading to get a glimpse of critical perspectives in the US.

Professor Martin Risak
Labour Law, University of Vienna
August 8, 2011

I will recomend this book. I like the author's approach and the focus on oppression. I also appreciate the discussion questions included at the end of each chapter to facilitate critical thinking and debate in class. Good balance between theory and empirical examples

Dr Ana Dinerstein
Social and Policy Sciences, Bath University
July 12, 2011

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