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By John Hoffman

ISBN-10: 0748622608

ISBN-13: 9780748622603

This publication covers alphabetically either the most important options in political concept and the most important writers within the box. whereas making sure accuracy and objectivity, the entries signify interpretations which are either demanding and engaging. the basis underlying the booklet is that politics can't be studied with no thought, during which case the extra concrete and correct the speculation, the higher. featuring concept in an summary type makes it daunting for college students who can locate it tough to determine the hyperlinks among concept and perform. The definitions during this thesaurus consequently relate political principles to political realities (i.e. daily controversies) in an try and cause them to as full of life, stimulating and obtainable as attainable. phrases are chosen dependent upon the techniques such a lot usually utilized in educating.

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The use of the concept of class has been marginalised recently by the idea that class is merely one identity among many, and people can see themselves in ethnic, regional, gender or sexual terms rather than as people who are rich or poor. A challenge would be to define the concept of class so that it underpins these other M537 - HOFFMAN TXT M_UP 13/12/06 1:22 PM Page 27 Gary Gary's G4:Users:Gary: POLITICAL THEORY A–Z 27 identities – class would only express itself in daily life through these other identities.

In Michels’ argument, particular emphasis is placed upon organisational skill. Elites are able to perpetuate themselves not only through flexibility, but also the cooption of those from ‘below’ who show initiative. M537 - HOFFMAN TXT M_UP 48 13/12/06 1:22 PM Page 48 Gary Gary's G4:Users:Gary: POLITICAL THEORY A–Z Although the elitists claimed to be disinterested scientists, it is clear that the target of their argument was social democracy and especially Marxism. Against the latter they insisted that wealth was simply one of many bases for elite rule, and the idea of a self-governing society was simply a myth.

Radical feminists see male domination as a personal as well as a wider institutional problem. It is men, and not simply class or autocracy, that are the barrier to women’s liberation. ‘Philosophical’ feminism takes the form first of feminist empiricism, which stresses the importance of a sophisticated ‘scientific’ approach that emphasises the presentation of factual information to establish discrimination. Standpoint theory sees women as having a specific social experience that gives them particular insights M537 - HOFFMAN TXT M_UP 13/12/06 1:22 PM Page 55 Gary Gary's G4:Users:Gary: POLITICAL THEORY A–Z 55 into social problems that men cannot have, while postmodern feminism emphasises the problematic character of women as a homogenous category.

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