Readings in Contemporary Political Sociology collects the best published writings of prominent sociologists and political theorists currently working in the field. The essays chart new territory in the field of political sociology, going beyond the traditional focus on the relationship between state and society. The first section consists of articles addressing the concerns of the postmodern turn in sociology and its implications for the study of politics. Subsequent sections deal with substantive topics in the field, linking influential pieces on globalization, social movements, citizenship, and democracy. For students of political sociology and political theory, this collection is a milestone, representing the field's most teworthy research and publications of recent years. It may be used independently or in conjunction with Kate Nash's introductory book Contemporary Political Sociology: Globalization, Politics, and Power .
Kate Nash is Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is the author of Universal Difference: Feminism and the Liberal Undecidability of Women (1998).