When a society becomes more affluent, does it lose other values? Are the skills that education and literacy gave millions wasted on consuming pop culture? Do the media coerce us into a world of the superficial and the material - or can they be a force for good? This book asks these questions.
This book explores the relationships between visual culture, social theory and the individual. Using a range of resources from Bourdieu's action theory and the contribution of actor network theory, through to the artistic explorations of Bacon and Newman, this book shows how the concept of the individual is being reconstructed.
Why does social class matter more than ever in Britain today? How has the meaning of class changed? What does this mean for social mobility and inequality? This title looks beyond the labels to explore how and why our society is changing and what this means for the people who find themselves in the margins as well as in the centre.
Examines assumptions underlying drug prohibition and explores the contradictions of drug prevention policies. This book combines an exploration of the global political and historical context with a focus on youth culture. It argues for an holistic understanding of drugs in society, which can be the basis for a coherent approach to drug control.
In this book, Richard Swedberg provides an easily accessible introduction to the topic of why do people behave as they do, starting with a history of the concept that covers the origin of the word and its early use in philosophy, political science, literature and everyday language.
This text examines sociological theories and arguments, providing extracts of primary source material, from both classical and contemporary theorists. Theorists are analysed within their historical and sociological framework and the text provides an analysis of developments within sociological thought and research
During the latter 20th century, life in Britain was transformed by radical changes in standards of living, affecting housing, food and transport, as well as by major shifts in social, cultural and moral values. This study examines the developments which so altered the country and its people.
An authoritative overview of the theoretical and methodological problems of the study of professions. Develops a systematic ideal type for professionalism based on fundamental concepts of the sociology of work.
Explores how the implements we use in the kitchen have shaped the way we cook and live. This title tells the story of how we have tamed fire and ice, wielded whisks, spoons, graters, mashers, pestles and mortars, all in the name of feeding ourselves.
Combines an account of some of the disciplines guiding principles and methodology with examples and illustrations of anthropologists. This book discusses about the anthropology's contributions to modern thought, and examines specific ways in which social and cultural anthropology have advanced our understanding of human society and culture.
Presents large-scale empirical analysis of the changes in British work experiences and employment relationships between the 1980s and 1990s. Draws evidence from the Employment in Britain survey and demonstrates that the restructuring of the employment relationship has actually reinforced traditional lines of division in the workplace.
This third edition of this book confirms the ongoing centrality of feminist perspectives and research to the sociological enterprise, and introduces students to the wide range of feminist contributions in key areas of sociological concern.
* New edition of a highly successful textbook invaluable to anyone taking an introductory sociology course, especially GCSE and Access courses. * Thoroughly revised and updated, the 4th edition provides comprehensive coverage of a wide range of topics, including those specified by the main GCSE exam boards.
This analysis of the labour process compares Marxist and traditional sociological theories with the more recent writings on the nature of work following Braverman's "Labor and Monopoly Capital" in 1974, including the innovative work from France and Italy, and concludes with a core theory.
This study examines the thesis of George Ritzer's book, "The McDonaldization of Society". It analyzes the premise of "McDonaldization" to provide theoretical discussions of the relationship between Ritzer's analysis and semiotics, critical theory, feminism and postmodernism.
Now in its eighth edition, this continues to be the indispensable guide to understanding the world we make and the lives we lead. Revised and updated throughout, it remains unrivalled in its vibrant, engaging and authoritative introduction to sociology.
The turn of the millennium generated a spate of reflections on the state of the nation and the ways in which life in Britain changed during the course of the twentieth century. Affluence and Authority adds to this debate through a broad, informed and accessible interpretation of British social history.
Argues that only the society that achieves an appropriate balance between informality and formality of interaction will find itself in a position to move forward to further democratisation and an improved quality of life.
Grounded in a wide-ranging review of empirical research, this textbook provides an overview of sociological debates surrounding the idea of community, and relates them to the part community plays in people's everyday conceptions of identity.
The essays in this collection explore the link between gender and racism in a variety of racial and white supremacy organizations, including white separatists, the Christian right, the militia/patriot movements and skinheads.
Argues that theories on post-colonialism and ethnicity are disturbingly close to the colonial discourse of the nineteenth century. This book revisits the ideas in light of developments in post-colonial theory.
Second revised and expanded edition of an anthology of essays for undergraduates of women's literature and feminist theory. Includes Toni Morrison's discussion of a Hemingway short story, Line Pouchard on Radclyffe Hall , Marjorie Garber on Elvis and cross-dressing and Diane Elam on the relation between feminism and post-modernism.
This introductory text offers students an account of key debates and issues in the discipline of sociology from a range of experts in the field. It explores sociological understandings of a range of core topics and critically examines what key issues have emerged for debate from research.
"Introductory Sociology" is a textbook structured to cover all the main substantive topics studied at an introductory level within a framework that engages with contemporary debates about modernity, globalization and social identity.
The study of men and masculinities incorporates some of the key debates in the social sciences today, particularly within cultural and media studies, and gender studies. This book explores the socio-historical and cultural formation, enactment and representation of masculinities in a range of sites.
Aims to show that populism has suffered from being considered, usually in relation to particular contexts, and has therefore become a rather fractured and elusive concept. This book also seeks to provide a different definition of populism, a survey of other definitions and perspectives, and a guide to populist politics around the world.
The internet is changing the rules of the game of love. In a world where anything is possible, a potential date - whether it be a one-night stand or the start of a more lasting relationship - can be just a click away. Anyone looking for love online can throw off their inhibitions and can say what they have never dared to before.
In this volume Axel Honneth deepens and develops his highly influential theory of recognition, showing how it enables us both to rethink the concept of justice and to offer a compelling account of the relationship between social reproduction and individual identity formation.
It is commonly assumed that we live in an age of unbridled individualism, but in this important new book Montserrat Guibernau argues that the need to belong to a group or community - from peer groups and local communities to ethnic groups and nations - is a pervasive and enduring feature of modern social life.
* New edition of a popular and highly lauded introduction to gender - the first edition won Choice s outstanding academic title award. * Provides an excellent survey of the key theoretical approaches that have been developed in gender studies, and how they relate to social and political life.
Authored by a scholar-blogger, this engaging book is packed with examples that show how blogging and related genres are changing media and communication. It gives definitions and explains how blogs work, shows how blogs relate to the historical development of publishing and communication and looks at the ways blogs structure social networks.
* Luc Ferry is a well-known philosopher, essayist and public intellectual, with a large and established readership. * In this broad-ranging and original book, he presents a clear argument for a comprehensive philosophy of love that will in effect replace dead faiths and ideologies.