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Political Ideologies and Worldviews: An Introduction

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Valérie Vézina, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Copyright Year: 2021

ISBN 13: 9781989864241

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Language: English

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Reviewed by Michelle Sprouse, Assistant Teaching Professor, Bowling Green State University on 4/20/23

The textbook addresses a number of contemporary political ideologies and also includes some modern world religions. It does not attempt to address all world religions, but instead offers chapters on Islamism and Confucianism. read more

Reviewed by Erika Masaki, Faculty Member, Lane Community College on 9/9/22

The text offers a very comprehensive overview of political ideologies. Many of the expected ideologies are covered in detail, including the main themes/ideas of the ideology, historical contexts, etc. Some ideologies could have been given more... read more

Reviewed by Robert Asaadi, Instructor, Portland State University on 2/1/22

The book surveys most of the topics that one would expect to find in an introductory-level text on political ideologies. Some chapters are more detailed and provide more in-depth analysis than others. For example, the chapters on Islamism and... read more

Reviewed by John Occhipinti, Adjunct Instructor, The George Washington University on 1/18/22

The book does a great job of covering a lot of ground. I like its separate consideration of multiculturalism and feminism (rather than combining values connected to these under heading such as post-materialism), I have not seen a book that... read more

Table of Contents

  • I. Introduction: Approaching political ideologies
  • II. Dis(placement) and Indigenous Worldview : What I learned from Coyote
  • III. Liberalism: From the "free men" to the "free market"
  • IV. Conservatism: Slow change please!
  • V. Socialism. Two Centuries of Social Progress.
  • VI. Anarchism: No gods, no masters
  • VII. Nationalism: A Modern Ideology Summoning an Eternal Past
  • VIII. Multiculturalism: Public Philosophy and Public Policy
  • IX. Populism: 'The Will of the People'?
  • X. Islamism and its Relation to Islam and the West: Common Themes and Varieties
  • XI. Confucianism: A Living Ideology
  • XII. The Environment: Theory and Human Security
  • XIII. A Late Modern Typology of Democratizing Feminisms
  • XIV. Concluding remarks: Ideology in the Globalized Future

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About the Book

Political Ideologies and Worldviews: An Introduction takes a “pluralist” approach and, in addition to being the first open textbook on its subject, also pushes back against the Eurocentric tendencies of standard textbooks by including chapters on Indigenous worldviews and Confucianism. Providing the latest scholarship on “classical ideologies” (liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, etc.), the textbook also includes innovative chapters on populism, feminism, and multiculturalism, as well as looking at the future of ideologies in a globalized world. Joining together scholars from Canada and beyond, the text also contains discussion questions to help students and readers to think further.

This edited open textbook will be a great asset for introductory courses at the college and university levels on political ideologies and political thought and philosophy, but could also be used in other disciplines, as each chapter assesses the state of the ideology in today’s world. The general reader looking for a better understanding of the competing ideological currents of our time – currents which flow into our daily political debates and real-life government decisions – will also greatly benefit from this book.

About the Contributors


Valérie Vézina (PhD, Université du Québec à Montréal) is a faculty member in the department of political science at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), since September 2018. Her research focuses on the intersection between nationalism studies and island studies. She specialises in comparative studies. Her book “Une île, une nation?” [One island, one nation?] was a finalist for the prix francophone (the Francophone prize) of the Canadian political science association in 2020.

Dr. Valérie Vézina became a proponent of Open education and open sources since her arrival at KPU. She teaches ideologies and politics on a regular basis and wanted to develop an open source for students; this is how this project was first born.

When not teaching and researching, Dr. Vézina enjoys trail running, yoga and swimming.

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