Looks at how the internet is transforming our culture, providing outlets for human potential. From lolcats to tools for tracking voter fraud and ethnic violence, this book shows how we're using our cognitive surplus for the better, and what it means for the future.
Features an analysis of our numbed response to images of horror. This title alters our thinking about the uses and meanings of images, and about the nature of war, the limits of sympathy, and the obligations of conscience.
Our lives are driven by a fact that most of us can't name and don't understand. It defines who our friends and lovers are, which careers we choose, and whether we blush when we're embarrassed. This title shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts.
In 1996, in the middle of watching an ill-tempered football match between England and Germany, Philip Oltermann's parents tell him that they are going to leave their home city Hamburg behind and move to London. Inspired by his own experience of both countries, Philip Oltermann looks at eight historical encounters between English and German people.
A work of anthropology and sociology, of biology and psychoanalysis, which stands - almost five decades after its first appearance - as the first landmark in the modern feminist upsurge that has transformed perceptions of the social relationship of man and womankind in our time.
In the struggle for women's equality, there is one subject still shrouded in silence - women's compulsive pursuit of beauty. This title exposes the tyranny of the beauty myth through the ages and its oppressive function today, in the home and at work, in literature and the media, in relationships between men and women, between women and women.
This volume provides students with the essential readings for understanding the dominant issues in the sociology of the family. The editor presents the reader with a collection of important writings that include recent and currently relevant material as well as the rich variety of empirical work conducted in this field.
This volume investigates the impact of thinking with gender on modern ethics, and considers the insights that postmodern gender theory might bring to the ethical project. It concludes with the possibility of another way of self-understanding and of renewal in theological ethics for our time.
Examines links between schooling and the modern workplace, from a sociological perspective. This book combines and analyzes theory and studies in the sociology of education and the sociology of work. It includes case studies to illustrate conclusions drawn from a combined study of education and work.
This major study develops a new account of modernity and its relation to the self. Building upon the ideas set out in The Consequences of Modernity, Giddens argues that 'high' or 'late' modernity is a post traditional order characterised by a developed institutional reflexivity.
In this book Anthony Giddens develops a new framework for radical politics addressing the basic political issue of today: what happens to political theory after the fall of the Left? He draws freely on what he calls "philosophic conservatism", but applies this outlook in the service of values normally associated with the Left.
a Communitya is one of those words that feels good: it is good a to have a communitya , a to be in a communitya . And a communitya feels good because of the meanings which the word conveys, all of them promising pleasures, and more often than not the kind of pleasures which we would like to experience but seem to miss.
A concise and accessible introduction to the concept and history of ethnicity. Draws on a wide range of theorists and illustrations from around the world to explore and clarify the core meanings and shifting ground of this concept.
A brilliant new book by Zygmunt Bauman, one of the most original and influential social thinkers writing today. Bauman examines how, in our liquid modern society, individuals are required to choose their own lives and give meaning and purpose to them.
aeo A major new book by one of the most original thinkers today. aeo Develops a distinctive argument about the a liquida nature of modernity. aeo Re--examines key concepts which look at the heart of orthodox accounts of the human condition, including the concepts of emancipation, individuality, work and community.
This revised edition presents details of recent concepts in modern sociological thinking. The text is based around the themes of structure and action, providing material on such key issues as modern neo-functionalism, poststructuralism, feminist theory and historical sociology approaches.
This 4th edition of Collins's respected AQA A-level Sociology series is updated for the 2015 AQA Sociology specifications. Covering Year 2 of A-level, it will help students master the knowledge and skills they need to excel in their study and engage with contemporary society. This Student Book has been approved by AQA.
Shows that consciousness - what we think of as a mind with a self - is in fact a biological process created by a living organism. This title provides an investigative journey into the neurobiological foundations of mind and self.
This Reader brings together a generous selection of readings from the original texts of the three major classical sociological theorists: Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim. The readings are deliberately of a substantial length to allow students to gain a full understanding of the texts.
Millions around the world die from preventable diseases. Millions more suffer from poor health as a result of extreme poverty. Who bears responsibility for health inequalities? Who should take responsibility for ameliorating them? This book explores the moral dilemmas posed by disparities in health across nations.
Acclaimed as one of America's most successful playwrights, the author also published four volumes of short stories. In this title, these volumes are combined with a wealth of unpublished and uncollected work, ranging from his first his story published in "Weird Tales" when he was seventeen, to his later frank homosexual fantasies.
Illustrates the stages of the ethnographic process from inception through the emergence of a focus, and toward a subsequent formalization of methods and analysis. This book also illustrates several approaches designed to reconcile the contradictory demands of the scientific process and human behavior.
For laboratory courses in human osteology and forensic anthropology at the junior/senior level. This manual is designed to serve three purposes: to be used as a general introduction to the field of forensic anthropology; as a framework for training; and as a practical reference tool.
Explores the nature of citizenship in today's society, and social sciences' theories about citizenship. Going beyond both traditional and liberal theories of democracies and Marxist theories of civil society, the relationship between the individual and the state, community and family is reassessed.
Always innovative, often provocative, and frequently polarizing, Andrea Dworkin carved out a unique position as one of the women's movement's most influential figures. She wrote thirteen books, ranging across feminist theory, fiction and poetry. This book is her memoir.
Through combined theoretical and empirical study, this work argues that transgendered people are not so much "produced" by medicine or psychiatry as they are "erased", or made invisible, in a variety of institutional and cultural settings.
McDowell and Braniff explore the relationship between commemoration and conflict in societies which have engaged in peace processes, attempting to unpack the ways in which the practices of memory and commemoration influence efforts to bring armed conflict to an end and whether it can even reactivate conflict as political circumstances change.
Feminist Poststructuralist Discourse Analysis helps analyse how speakers construct their gendered identities within a complex web of power relations. Demonstrated here through a study of teenagers' conversation in class and senior managers' discussions in business meetings, it challenges the view that females are disempowered in mixed-sex settings.
* Provides brief accounts of the central ideas behind key concepts of critical social theory * Prepares students to tackle primary texts and gives them a point of reference when they find themselves stuck * Is essential reading for undergraduates in sociology and across the social sciences.
Presents a comprehensive, critical review of social theory that places leading contributions in their larger context. Written predominantly for students, this title deals with results in one of the most comprehensive introductions to social theory published to date.
This book is a major addition to undergraduate reading lists. It is reliable, allows for easy transference to essays and exams and easy to use, and exceptionally clearly written for student consumption. Topics range over qualitative and quantitative approaches and combine practical considerations with philosophical issues.
Explains the central ideas, debates and theories of work and offers an overview of the social, political and economic contexts of work illustrated from diverse industrial societies. This book is intended as a reference guide for students in sociology, business studies, management learning about work, employment, organizations and labour markets.
Argues that sociology has lost its ability to provide critical diagnoses of the human condition because sociology has stopped considering the philosophical requirements of social enquiry. This book attempts to restore that ability by retrieving some of the key questions that sociologists tend to gloss over, inescapability and attainability.
This illuminating book, which explores the idea of subcultures, traces the concept back to the works of Tonnies and Durkheim. Jenks also analyses subcultures in American urban sociology and criminology. Finally, he evaluates the work of Stuart Hall and the Birmingham School and argues for the continuing relevance of subcultures.
Part of the popular Big Ideas series, this book introduces you to the subject that tells you all about what society is and what makes it tick. It includes over 80 ideas from the world's renowned sociologists, covering topics as diverse as issues of equality, diversity, identity and human rights; the effects of globalization; and more.