This issue is devoted to a systematic presentation of the sociology of communities, governments and social movements. The three of these are oftent treated as very distinct subject matters but they yield to a theoretical framework which emphasizes the ways in which each of them is subject to general social processes rather than a distinctive process known as politics. Communites are geographical spaces that a lot of people traverse on a daily or weekly basis. They are no more or less than that and so are not spaces in which a particular set of religiously or politically promoted values operates. Governments are organizations that establish priorities between status groups, and so give some people more tax breaks or school aid than others, and social movements are out to change those distributions, especially so as to advance the class mobility of members of the status group whose interests it claims to advocate.
The purpose of this e-journal is to use in tandem the techniques of literary criticism and social structural analysis to illuminate American politics and the various institutions in American society and sometimes matters more global, like religion or war, by turning an eye on the events and objects and performances that are considered art and entertainment, those defined broadly enough to include whatever is covered in newspapers and other media. Another concern is to pick up the texture of social life, both in the United States and in general, through the analysis of those events, objects and performances that are to be found in everyday life.