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Sep 15, Sergei Moska rated it really liked it This quick review applies to the 5th edition. The greatest strength in this textbook lies in its organization. Political ideologies are messy as hell, and Heywood does as good a job as I can think of at presenting them in an accessible way.
Each substantive chapter follows the same format: 1 the history of the ideology is briefly presented, then 2 the core concepts that are fundamental to that ideology are presented, then 3 some of the different manifestations or splinters, as I think of This quick review applies to the 5th edition.
Each substantive chapter follows the same format: 1 the history of the ideology is briefly presented, then 2 the core concepts that are fundamental to that ideology are presented, then 3 some of the different manifestations or splinters, as I think of them of that ideology are explained, and finally 4 Heywood briefly opines on the future of that ideological school of thought given our modern, increasingly globalized context.
This organization works for two reasons. First, it makes reading the textbook easy. Not exciting, but simple and logical. Second and even more importantly, Heywood really does succeed at showing how different forms of, say, "liberalism" have the same concepts as touchstones. Consider three people: Amy, Bruce, and Claudia. Amy and Bruce self-identify as "liberals", whereas Claudia identifies as "socialist".
To the extent that Heywood is successful, categorization is possible while at the same time seeing how someone like Bruce may look a lot more like Claudia or Derek the anarchist, or whatever than like his "fellow liberal" and Ron Paul supporter, Amy.
I caught at least five typos, with three of them being something like "see p. The book also suffers from textbook-itis; it has too many useless definition boxes, short blurbs that I think distract more than elucidate, and pointless figures.
Finally, it seems to me that there is a difference in kind between ideologies like liberalism, socialism and fascism on the one hand, and feminism and ecologism on the other.
The latter ideologies, on the other hand, only seem seem! To the extent that they do recommend particular governmental structures - e. I have no regrets selecting or assigning it. It offers a great springboard for students who are vaguely interested in the topic. I imagine that some of my students will go on to delve into whatever ideology ends up firing them up. However I do feel he could have explained Communism and Marxism separately instead of clubbing them under Socialism, which made understanding Left-wing philosophy slightly complicated.
In my eve Andrew Heywood is necessary revisionist of political ideologies.
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