To suggest, as textbooks tend to do, that politics takes place in a social context fails to convey just how intimately politics and social life are related. Politics, by its very nature, is a social activity, and it is viewed by some as nothing more than the process through which the confl icts of society are articulated and, perhaps, resolved. in this sense, society is no mere ‘context’, but the very stuff and substance of politics itself. although later chapters examine the interaction between society and politics in relation to particular channels of communication, such as the media, elections, political parties, interest groups, and so on, this chapter focuses on the broader political implications of how society is structured and how it has changed and continues to change.
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