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Governing subjects : an introduction to the study of politics

Author: Isaac D Balbus
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This introduction to the study of politics highlights the ideas of key thinkers to illustrate how our whole lives are politically conditioned and subject to governance. Looking across every major component of the discipline ;at law and institutions, markets and power, and culture and identity this book encourages students to engage in critical thinking by evaluating arguments for their internal coherence and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Isaac D Balbus
ISBN: 9780415998895 0415998891 9780415998901 0415998905 9780203881446 0203881443
OCLC Number: 368023582
Description: xvi, 286 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Part 1. Law and institutions --
1. Law and the rule of law --
2. The separation of powers --
3. Judaical review --
Conceptions of democracy : "Thick" versus "Thin" --
5. The concept (and reality?) of representation --
6. Political parties --
7. Elections --
8. Civil Society --
Part 2. Markets and power --
9. Human nature and market --
10. Freedom and market --
11. Justice and the market --
12. Democracy and the market I : Corporations and the state --
13. Democracy and the market II : Corporations governance --
14. Democracy and the market III: Globalization and governance --
15. The concept of power I: The three faces of "negative" power --
16. The concept of power II : Normalization versus communication --
Part 3. Culture and identity --
17. What is (a) culture? --
18. Beyond ethnocentrism and relativism? --
19. Modernity --
20. Modernity and identity --
21. Gender identity --
22. Racial identity --
23. National identity --
24. Religious identity --
Part 4. Conclusion --
25. The subject --
26. The subject in the group --
27. Identity politics revisited --
28. The subject in nature.
Responsibility: Isaac D. Balbus.

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Presents an introduction to the study of politics that examines governance wherever it occurs - in informal institutions, markets, social interactions, workplaces, and cultural, ecological, and even  Read more...

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"Isaac Balbus's Governing Subjects is not one but several books and all of them are successful. First there is a marvelously accessible survey of all the key issues in political and cultural theory. Read more...

 
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