Part 1 Public opinion and civil society: toward a political sociology of civil society, R.N. Jacobs; public opinion research and political sociology, D.L. Weakliem; domain structure, opportunity, and the contentious politics of crime, H.H. Haines; "It wasn't me!": how will race and racism work in 21st century America?, E. Bonilla-Silva et al. Part 2 Electoral politics: voting behavior and political sociology: theories, debates, and future directions, C. Brooks et al; class and nonvoting in comparative perspective - possible causes and consequences in the United States, H.R. Kerbo, J.J. Gonzalez; practicing progressive politics in a conservative state: reflections of a North Carolina legislator, P. Luebke. Part 3 Social movements: emerging trends in the study of protest and social movements, P.E. Oliver et al; qualitative research on social movements - exploring the role of qualitative designs in examining contentious political action, T.B. Gongaware, R.D. Benford. Part 4 Historical comparative analysis of the state: theory, history and comparative political sociology - assessing recent analyses of the making, unmaking, and remaking of states, S. Pfaff, E. Kiser; historical contingency theory, policy paradigm shifts, and corporate malfeasance at the turn of the 21st century, H. Prechel.