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Interdisciplinary Perspectives: The Approach of Sociologists

FILM INTERVIEW: Learning from Sociology: Communities of Belief – Daniel Ritter interviewed by Ian Cooke

In this video Daniel Ritter, a former Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, talks to Ian Cooke about ideologies and their role in holding communities together. Daniel is now based in the Department of Sociology at Stockholm University.

An ideological community need not be a nation: it could also be a city, or a particular generation, or professional group. What sort of political ideas work in this way? It is ideas, such as homeland or nationalism, that play the kind of role Daniel describes, or do communities also unite around other political values, such as freedom, equality, or a particular spirituality? And what ideology, if any, is the glue of the particular community you identify with?

The full reference to Daniel’s book ‘The Iron Cage of Liberalism’ and other further reading suggestions can be found in the Resources Bank in week 5.

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