- 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 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.
Paul Lichterman is Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Southern California and Associate Professor (on leave) at the University of Wisconsin‐Madison.
Daniel Cefaï is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Paris X—Nanterre and Researcher at the Institut Marcel Mauss, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.
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