- The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science
- About the Contributors
- It Depends
- Why and How Philosophy Matters
- The Socialization of Epistemology
- Political Ontology
- Mind, Will, and Choice
- Theory, Fact, and Logic
- Why and How Psychology Matters
- Motivation and Emotion
- Social Preferences, <i>Homo Economicus</i>, and <i>Zoon Politikon</i>
- Frames and Their Consequences
- Memory, Individual and Collective
- Why and How Ideas Matter
- Detecting Ideas and Their Effects
- How Previous Ideas Affect Later Ideas
- How Ideas Affect Actions
- Mistaken Ideas and Their Effects
- Why and How Culture Matters
- How to Detect Culture and Its Effects
- Race, Ethnicity, Religion
- Language, Its Stakes, and Its Effects
- The Idea of Political Culture
- Why and How History Matters
- Historical Knowledge and Evidence
- Historical Context and Path Dependence
- Does History Repeat?
- The Present as History
- Why and How Place Matters
- Detecting the Significance of Place
- Space, Place, and Time
- Spaces and Places as Sites and Objects of Politics
- Uses of Local Knowledge
- Why and How Population Matters
- The Politics of Demography
- Politics and Mass Immigration
- Population Change, Urbanization, and Political Consolidation
- Population Composition as an Object of Political Struggle
- Why and How Technology Matters
- The Gender Politics of Technology
- Military Technologies and Politics
- Technology as a Site and Object of Politics
- Duchamp's Urinal: Who Says What's Rational When Things Get Tough?
- The Behavioral Revolution and the Remaking of Comparative Politics
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the importance of culture in politics. It explains that it is cultural to be political and this means that culture is not only contextual to politics but essential. Given that all political science deals with culture, this article investigates how culture can do this. It suggests that culture and behaviour are separate but not unconnected and proposes how to take valid account of culture in relation to politics. It also discusses the theory of constrained relativism and the cultures of climate change.
Michael Thompson is Visiting Fellow at the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization at the University of Oxford; Senior Researcher at the Stein Rokkan Centre, University of Bergen; and Institute Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria.
Marco Verweij is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Singapore Management University.
Richard J. Ellis is Mark O. Hatfield Professor of Politics at Willamette University.
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