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Compliance Ideologies : Rethinking Political Culture - Richard W. Wilson

Compliance Ideologies

Rethinking Political Culture

Hardcover Published: 29th May 1992
ISBN: 9780521415811
Number Of Pages: 236

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Drawing on a broad range of literature in the social sciences, this book deals with one of the most elusive subjects in the study of politics and society: the role of culture. Wilson first develops a definition of political culture and a theoretical argument about how political cultures are formed and how they evolve. He emphasizes the roles of social knowledge and technological development as engines of cultural change and the dialectic between individual reasoning and social norms in the shaping of political values. Stressing the need to understand the interaction of individual and societal factors, he develops the concept of compliance ideologies, which he argues are the mechanisms through which a dominant culture is established and maintained. Wilson then applies this conception of compliance ideologies to the study of how political cultures in various societies have changed in the shift from agrarian, family-centered social organizations to industrialized societies characterized by complex social institutions. The differences between the political cultures of capitalist and communist systems are also examined, and in the conclusion likely developments in various contemporary political cultures are sketched.

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"...an illuminating, historically informed treatment of compliance ideology and social change that is concluded on a hopeful note where issues of social justice and equality are concerned." Choice

Compliance Ideologies
Political culture as ideology
Theoretical Issues
Psychological limits
Phases of development
Contractual and positional compliance
Compliance In Changing Societies
The end of harmony
Equality and the technobility
Change In Compliance Ideologies
Equality and conflict
Utopian visions
Selected bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521415811
ISBN-10: 0521415810
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 29th May 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.51