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From Politik als Beruf to Politics as a Vocation

The Translation, Transformation, and Reception of Max Weber's Lecture

Jens Borchert

Max Weber's 1919 lecture Politik als Beruf is still considered a classical text in the social sciences. The reception of the text in the Anglo-Saxon world has been profoundly shaped by the translation provided by Hans H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills, first appearing in 1946. Their Politics as a Vocation is more than a vivid transposition of Weber's rather peculiar German rhetoric—it is rendered in a way that suggests a certain interpretation and makes others highly improbable. The present article traces the reception of Weber's text back to certain decisions made by the translators after World War II. It argues that the translation emphasized philosophical and ethical parts of the text at the expense of others that were more geared toward a political sociology of modern politics. Moreover, the adoption of Weber's approach in empirical research was hindered if not foreclosed by a distorted presentation of his key typologies and some central concepts.

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Nexus Politics

Conceptualizing Everyday Political Engagement

Matthew Flinders and Matthew Wood

Existing research on alternative forms of political participation does not adequately account for why those forms of participation at an “everyday” level should be defined as political. In this article we aim to contribute new conceptual and theoretical depth to this research agenda by drawing on sociological theory to posit a framework for determining whether nontraditional forms of political engagement can be defined as genuinely distinctive from traditional participation. Existing “everyday politics” frameworks are analytically underdeveloped, and the article argues instead for drawing upon Michel Maffesoli’s theory of “neo-tribal” politics. Applying Maffesoli’s insights, we provide two questions for operationally defining “everyday” political participation, as expressing autonomy from formal political institutions, and building new political organizations from the bottom up. This creates a substantive research agenda of not only operationally defining political participation, but examining how traditional governmental institutions and social movements respond to a growth in everyday political participation: nexus politics.

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Theorizing the Spatiality of Protest

Dimitris Soudias and Tareq Sydiq

, Tehran, and Washington, DC, and analyze them using various (inter-)disciplinary lenses such as political sociology, conflict studies, organization studies, political economy, Middle East studies, and political science. What ties them together is the

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Cinemas of Boyhood Part II

Timothy Shary

’s representation evinces in movies and all media. My introductory comments in the previous issue focused on the compelling research about boyhood that has provoked so much discussion in the field over the past two decades, from political sociology and pop

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From Schmitt to Foucault

Inquiring the Relationship between Exception and Democracy

Sara Raimondi

, Agamben and the Absence of Political Society .” International Political Sociology 2 ( 2 ): 165 – 183 . Jabri , Vivienne . 2006 . “ War, Security and the Liberal State .” Security Dialogue 37 ( 1 ): 47 – 64 . Jabri , Vivienne . 2010 . War and

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From the “state-idea” to “politically organized subjection”

Revisiting Abrams in times of crisis in Turkey and EU-Europe

Katharina Bodirsky

the illusion of a democratic, disinterested state. What has any of this to do with Abrams? To recall, Abrams argued in his “Notes on the difficulty of studying the state”—written in 1977 and published in 1988—that both political sociology and Marxism

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“Containers, Carriers, Vehicles”

Three Views of Mobility from Africa

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Jeroen Cuvelier, and Katrien Pype

, Geographies of Rhythm: Nature, Place, Mobilities and Bodies (Surrey: Ashgate, 2010); Paola Jiron, “Mobile Borders in Urban Daily Mobility Practices in Santiago de Chile,” International Political Sociology 4, no. 1 (March 2010): 66–79; Robert L. Kelly

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Managing a Multiplicity of Interests

The Case of Irregular Migration from Libya

Melissa Phillips

Rationalities of Migration Management: Control and Subversion in an Indonesia-Based Counter-Smuggling Campaign .” International Political Sociology 10 ( 3 ): 223 – 240 . Oelgemöller , Christina. 2011 . “ ‘Transit’ and ‘Suspension’: Migration Management

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Military Violence in Its Own Right

The Microsocial Foundations of Physical Military Violence in Noncombat Situations

Nir Gazit and Eyal Ben-Ari

particular means and ends are optimal and “given” ( Kiser and Bauldry 2005: 173 ). More recent studies in political sociology bridge between these approaches; Brym and Maoz-Shai (2009) , for example, contend that seeing new institutionalist and rational

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Whose Reality Counts?

Emergent Dalitbahujan Anthropologists

Reddi Sekhara Yalamala

Introduction to Political Sociology ( Toronto : Oxford University Press ). Subramanian , S. V. , G. D. Smith and Malavika Subramanyam ( 2006 ), ‘ Indigenous Health and Socioeconomic Status in India ’, PLOS Medicine 3 , no. 10 : 1794 – 1804 , doi