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From Political Sociology to the Sociology of Politics

Italyduringtheconsolidationoffascistpower,inRussiaduringthe periodofrevolutionaryexperimentationandinFranceduringthe halcyondaysofthepopularfront.Preciselyforthisreason,the apparentlyanomalous,sometimescapriciousbehaviourofthe Sorelianperspectiveundervaryingsocialconditions,thereisaneed todistinguishthesociologyofpoliticalideasfrombothpolitical sociologyandphilosophyingeneral.Beyondthis,thereisaneedto copewiththeinteractionofthesociologyofknowledgeandthe politicsofmassaction.Sorel'sthoughtexistsatalevelwhereits truthsaresubordinatetoitsfunctions.Thisformsthecentreofour effortstosumuptheSorelianlegacy.