By Irving Louis Horowitz

Seymour Martin Lipset's paintings all through a protracted and individual occupation has been stamped through a number of good points: a robust linkage of analysis facts and social thought, cutting edge perspectives of ancient occasions, and a recognition that politics is an job local to all people, electorate and non-voters, democratic and non-democratic structures, and complicated and constructing economies. He has earned the suitable to be known as a real pioneer within the box now famous as political sociology. during this specific selection of specialist remark and private tribute, a few of Lipset's closest colleagues have accumulated to check his lifestyles paintings in political sociology. This quantity comprises essays on sociology and socialism, the cave in of sophistication politics, political management, the perpetuation of inequality throughout generations, political extremism, faith as a resource of polarization, working-class authoritarianism, and an exam of civil existence within the usa around the century. one of the participants are Nathan Glazer, Terry Nichols Clark, Richard J. Samuels, Sidney Verba, Nancy Burns, Kay Lehman Schlozman, Robert B. Smith, William Schneider, Dick Houtman, and Marcella Ridlen Ray. the amount is extra graced via detailed good points: an educational memoir entitled "Steady paintings" written by way of Lipset, and a full-scale bibliography of his books, monographs and pamphlets. in brief, it is a expert quantity for social scientists that may be simply loved by way of readers outdoor the sphere. This quantity was once at the beginning provided as a double factor of the yankee Sociologist. Horowitz was once commissioned via the editor of the magazine to function distinct editor for the quantity. In flip, the contributions originated at a sequence of invited panels on the jap Sociological Society conferences in 2002.

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