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Politics and Social Theory

The Inescapably Social, the Irreducibly Political

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 200
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Themes in Social Theory

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Under present social conditions, neither social theorists nor political scientists can afford to ignore one another. This book is a clear, structured account of the relationship between politics and social theory, examining...

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Under present social conditions, neither social theorists nor political scientists can afford to ignore one another. This book is a clear, structured account of the relationship between politics and social theory, examining both the political content of social theory, and how social theory has illuminated our understanding of politics.

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  • Demonstrates the value of social theory to political analysis, and how sociology and political science should work together
  • Original analytical framework of the 'inescapably social' and 'irreducibly political'
  • Extensive political coverage includes chapters on the state and governance; political identity and participation; culture, ideology and discourse
  • Chapters cover relevant classic and contemporary social theories and applies these to in-depth empirical case studies of contemporary political events

Introduction
1. The Society-Politics Relation: On The 'Inescapably Social' And The 'Irreducibly Political'
2. Politics From Above: The State And Governance
3. Politics From Below: Political Identity And Participation
4. Politics All Around: Culture, Ideology And Discourse
Conclusion.

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WILL LEGGETT is Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham, UK and author of After New Labour: Social Theory and Centre-Left Politics. He researches and teaches in the fields of political sociology and social and political theory, and has particular interests in the relationship between social change, ideology and political identities and action. More recently he has focused on the rise of 'behaviour change' as a political objective: his 'The politics of behaviour change: nudge, neoliberalism and the state', won the 2015 Ken Young Prize for the best article in the journal Policy & Politics.

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WILL LEGGETT is Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham, UK and author of After New Labour: Social Theory and Centre-Left Politics. He researches and teaches in the fields of political sociology and social and political theory, and has particular interests in the relationship between social change, ideology and political identities and action. More recently he has focused on the rise of 'behaviour change' as a political objective: his 'The politics of behaviour change: nudge, neoliberalism and the state', won the 2015 Ken Young Prize for the best article in the journal Policy & Politics.

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