The Socio–Political Complex

The Socio–Political Complex

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Political Life

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  • Author: A. Khoshkish
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483188751

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The Socio-political Complex: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Political Life details the various variables that contribute to the socio-political phenomena. The title emphasizes the motivational aspects that drive political behaviors. The text covers the psychological, anthropological, sociological, and economical aspects of politics. The coverage of the selection includes group fermentations and dynamics; values and related matters; and signs and symbols, rituals, and norms. The text also covers social semantics, concept of power, and political culture. The book will be of great interest to anyone concerned in politics and social problem.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    I. Policy and Polity

    II. The Perspective

    III. Scope of Political Science

    IV. Political Science and Other Sciences

    V. The Art

    VI. The Sermon

    Chapter 2 Beyond Aristotle's "Political Animal"

    I. Physiological Drives

    Homo Sapiens

    The Social Animal

    II. Psychological Drives

    Domination Drive

    Challenge, Excitement and Game

    The Search for—and the Fear of—the Unknown

    III. Sociological Needs




    Chapter 3 Group Fermentations and Dynamics

    I. The Individual and the Group

    II. Group Association

    III. Affectional and Functional Relations

    Affectional Relations

    Functional Relations

    Common Grounds of Affectional and Functional Relations

    IV. Size and Nature of Groups

    V. Family and Kinship, Clan and Tribe

    VI. From Simpler to More Complex Groups

    Cumulative Economy

    Functional Social Differentiation

    Affectional Communal Identification

    Differentiation and Identification, Functional and Affectional

    VII. The Range of group Identity

    VIII. Group Integration

    Chapter 4 Values and Related Matters

    I. Interests

    II. Interest-Value Insularity

    III. Interest-Orienting Properties of Values

    IV Interest-Justifying Properties of Values

    V. Metaphysical and Material Variations of Values

    Chapter 5 Crystallization of Values

    I. Beliefs

    II. Myths


    National Socialism

    III. Ideology

    IV. The Belief-Myth-Ideology Spectrum

    Chapter 6 Signs and Symbols, Rituals and Norms

    I. From Signs to Symbols

    II. Rituals

    III. Symbolic Stratification

    IV. Norms

    Moral Norms

    Ethical Norms

    Legal Norms

    V. Normative Interplay

    Chapter 7 Value/NormJForming Agencies and Processes

    I. Family

    II. Family and Church

    III. Family, Church and Education

    The Apprentice

    The Scribe and the Cleric

    The Philosopher

    The Pedagogue

    IV. New Churches: Ideological and Mythical Systems

    V. Mass Media

    VI. Family, Church, Education, Party, Media and Peers

    Chapter 8 Social Semantics

    I. Choice

    II. Temperaments and Valuational Congruity/Incongruity

    The Adventurer and the Conserver


    False Values

    Image and Role

    III. Reference Groups

    Age, Sex and Race

    Intelligence and Education

    Status, Wealth and Class

    IV. From Conformity to Revolt

    Conformity and Consent

    Acquiescence and Apathy

    Dissent and Civil Disobedience

    Revolt: Radical and Reactionary Extremism

    Chapter 9 Total Environment and Man

    I. Man Explained

    Man the Organic Product

    Man the System

    Man the Historical Product

    Man the Spiritual Being

    II. Man Organized

    Economic and Social "Natural Laws" and Survival of the Fittest

    Socio-Psychologically Arranged Contentment and Material Affluence

    III. Man the Central Science

    IV. Culture

    Human Energy and Its Exploitation

    Cross Cultural Fertilization

    Tradition, Transition and Modernity

    Chapter 10 Power

    I. The Sources of Power

    II. The Spheres of Power

    Chapter 11 Political Culture

    Interaction and Interpenetration of Power Complexes

    I. Conversion of Power into Authority



    II. Transitional Period in the West

    Laws: Natural, Customary, Common and Statutory

    Sovereignty and the State

    The Bourgeoisie

    III. Western Evolution Towards Modernization

    The Case of Great Britain


    The United States and the Soviet Union

    Chapter 12 The Modern West, or the Triumph of Bourgeois Nationalism

    I. Fatalism and Concernment

    II. Activism/Pacifism of Ruler and Ruled

    Happiness and Freedom: Utilitarian, Liberal and Democratic

    Social Justice: Socialism and Anarchism, Utopian and Scientific


    III. Towards a National Bourgeoisie


    Chapter 13 Polity

    I. The State, Its Head and the Government

    Monism or "Confusion" of Powers

    II. Pluralism

    Separation of Powers

    Fusion and Indirect Separation of Powers

    III. Constitution

    "Distribution" of Sovereignty

    Distribution of Authority According to Angles of Vision

    Chapter 14 People and Government

    I. Representation

    Electoral Arrangements

    The People and The Public

    II. Criteria For Popular Participation

    From the Individual to the Group: Political Parties

    From the Party to the Government

    III. The "Business" of Government: Politicians and Bureaucrats

    IV. The Role of Government


    I. Institutional Turgescence

    II. Authority Redundance

    III. The Ideal/Real/Hypocritical Loop

    Notes and References


Product details

  • No. of pages: 406
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1979
  • Published: October 22, 2013
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483188751

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