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This monograph explores the interplay between ideas of the political and the way that we, as sociologists, look at the phenomena that we study. Shows what empirical sociological enquiries into the political reveal on theoretical and conceptual levels Discusses how sociologists should study and understand the political Evaluates how the political intersects with current social identities and divisions Includes empirical and theoretical cases
Michaela Benson is a research assistant at the University of Bristol. She previously held the Sociological Review fellowship (2008-9), and is the author of The British in Rural France (2011), and co-editor of the volume Lifestyle Migration (2009). Holland Munro is Emeritus Professor at Keele University and was previously Director of the Centre for Social Theory Technology, CSTT. He is internationally regarded for his path-breaking and interdisciplinary work on consumption, power and identity.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Unfolding social construction: sociological routes and political roots
The Danube and ways of imagining Europe
The art of narrating and the question of cultural acknowledgment: the case of Die Kinder von Golzow and a reunified Germany
Landscape, imagination and experience: processes of emplacement among the British in rural France
The reproduction of 'cultural taste' amongst the Ukrainian Diaspora in Bradford, England
Forum for the Ugly People - study of an imagined community
Sociological analysis and socio-political change: juxtaposing elements of the work of Bourdieu, Passeron and Lyotard
Epistemology and the politics of knowledge
Populist elements in contemporary American political discourse
Released from gender? Reflexivity, performativity, and therapeutic discourses
Embracing dependency: rethinking (in)dependence in the discourse of care
Curious cases: small island states' exceptionalism and its contribution to comparative welfare theory
The political-opportunity structure of the Spanish anti-war movement (2002-2004) and its impact
Between mobility and mobilization - lifestyle migration and the practice of European identity in political struggles
Notes on contributors
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