Successfully bringing together accessible readings that cover the broad range of issues of importance to those studying politics and society, this new edition of Power and Inequality provides a unique mix of theoretical and empirical pieces, such as state and electoral politics, that address both classic issues in political sociology and more recent developments, such as globalization. With strong integration of race and gender throughout, this collection offers a coherent analysis of power that reflects the contributions of a variety of critical perspectives, including Marxism, feminism, critical race theory, postmodernism, and power structure theory.

chapter |12 pages


chapter Chapter 1|6 pages

The Enemy of Nature

The End of Capitalism or the End of the World?

chapter Chapter 2|8 pages

That’s What They Call Democracy

Capitalism, Democracy, and the State

section Section I|24 pages

Critical Theories of Power

chapter Chapter 3|2 pages

The Fetishism of Commodities

chapter Chapter 4|5 pages

The New Forms of Control

chapter Chapter 5|2 pages


chapter Chapter 6|2 pages

The Body of the Condemned

chapter Chapter 7|5 pages

Toward the African Revolution

chapter Chapter 8|4 pages

“Women” as The Subject of Feminism

section Section II|57 pages

The State

chapter Chapter 9|9 pages

The State as Superstructure

chapter Chapter 10|15 pages

Defining the Class Dominance View

chapter Chapter 11|7 pages

Regulating the Lives of Women

chapter Chapter 12|17 pages

Racial Politics and the Racial State

chapter Chapter 13|5 pages

Domhoff, Mills, and Slow Power

section Section III|68 pages

The State

chapter Chapter 14|11 pages

The Politics of Wealth and Income Inequality

chapter Chapter 15|20 pages

A Right to the City?

Race, Class, and Neoliberalism in Post-Katrina New Orleans

chapter Chapter 16|14 pages

Voter Suppression

The Attack on Rights

chapter Chapter 17|10 pages

The Construction of Consent

chapter Chapter 18|9 pages

Pacification and Police

A Critique of the Police Militarization Thesis

section Section IV|55 pages

Media and Ideology

chapter Chapter 19|17 pages

The Future of Inequality

Polarization, Gridlock, and Global Warming

chapter Chapter 20|9 pages

Manufacturing Consent

chapter Chapter 21|7 pages

Still Manufacturing Consent

The Propaganda Model at Thirty

chapter Chapter 22|9 pages

Victim-Veterans and America’s “Lost War Narrative”

The War in Vietnam Remembered

chapter Chapter 23|9 pages

News for All the People

section Section V|41 pages

The Nation-State and the Global Economy

chapter Chapter 24|8 pages

The Making of Global Capitalism

chapter Chapter 25|11 pages

The Multipolar Moment

chapter Chapter 26|6 pages

The New Imperialism

chapter Chapter 27|12 pages

The Twin Towers as Metaphor

section Section VI|30 pages

War, Genocide, and Repression

chapter Chapter 28|8 pages

War Making and State Making as Organized Crime

chapter Chapter 29|13 pages

Getting Away with Murder (Almost)

A Genocide Primer

chapter Chapter 30|5 pages

The New Jim Crow

section Section VII|53 pages

Revolution and Social Movements

chapter Chapter 31|13 pages

The Structuring of Protest

chapter Chapter 32|11 pages


Revolution Against the Revolution

chapter Chapter 33|17 pages

Right-Wing Populism in America

chapter Chapter 34|8 pages

Noam Chomsky on Left Prospects

Universalizing Across Boundaries