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date: 17 October 2019

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This article describes the idea and existence of a so-called political culture, focusing on the culture of political action in civil society. It explains that political cultures are the sets of symbols and meanings or styles of action that organize political claims-making and opinion-forming, by individuals or collectivities. It aims to provide a contextualist understanding of political culture through discussion of recent cultural sociology in the U.S. and pragmatic sociology in France. It also investigates why political culture needs to be autonomous.

Keywords: political culture, political action, civil society, claims-making, opinion-forming, cultural sociology, pragmatic sociology

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