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8 - Toward the Convergence of Culture and Political Economy?

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For the last half century, theory in political sociology has been dominated at different times by materialist or idealist approaches. From the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, political economy and conflict theories seemed to prevail, led by Marxist theories but followed by other forms of conflict theories, such as resource mobilization and power resources theory. At this time, political economy approaches tried to bend culture into the class conflict process (see item 1 in Figure 8.1 with the dark circle representing political economy). For instance, gender and race issues were often filtered through class conflict lenses.

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