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Politics in Place : Social Power Relations in an Australian Country Town - Ian Gray

Politics in Place

Social Power Relations in an Australian Country Town

By: Ian Gray

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Published: 31st January 1992
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Politics in Place focuses on political life in a typical Australian agricultural town. It examines the maintenance of a local political power structures through an analysis of the town's social processes and asociated ideologies. Dr Gray argues that local government does affect peoples' lives and discusses why it is that some people can use their local political system to their advantage while others remain unempowered. Unlike many earlier studies, Politics in Place does not rely on the identification of an elite group, nor does it merely decribe static features of social stratification. Rather, it examines the historically-based processes that have created the constraints which limit prospects for local people. The book will be of interest to anyone wishing to gain an insight into the workings of politics at local level.

From the hardback review: '... its careful combination of theoretical and empirical material would make it a useful text for any students and researchers of politics and community in Western societies.' Journal of Rural Studies

List of figures, maps
Introduction: the origins of a study
Power: concepts and applications
A history of Cowra
Elitism and local government
Spatial politics
The politics of development
Gender, race and human services
The making of local politics
Ideologies and resources
Conclusion: the machinery of power
Epilogue
Acknowledgements
Appendix
Bibliography
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521404266
ISBN-10: 0521404266
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 31st January 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.51