BID_100: Political Ordering

Introduction

This unit discusses ways in which our lives are ordered by the state. The focus is largely on the question ‘How is society made and repaired?’ But you will also be looking at questions of differences and inequalities. You may find you need to work harder to see the significance of this second key question, but the effort will be worthwhile.

We explore the significance of the state as a governing authority. Section 2 explores the significance of political order in everyday life, while Section 3 considers the processes through which states are made and remade. Section 4 focuses on one critical issue in the making of political order: the question of legitimacy. Section 5 examines how one particular state and its authority have been repaired – using the example of Northern Ireland to examine contested views of the state and its legitimacy.

Learning outcomes