Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

  • Performing Fantasy and Reality in Contemporary Culture book cover

    Performing Fantasy and Reality in Contemporary Culture

    By Anastasia Seregina

    We frequently engage with that which we consciously perceive not to be real, yet fantasy, despite its pervasive presence and strong role in everyday life through its connection to identities, communities, desires, and meanings, has yet to be properly defined and researched. This book examines…

    Hardback – 2018-08-24 
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  • The Philosophy of Homelessness: Barely Being book cover

    The Philosophy of Homelessness

    Barely Being

    By Paul Moran, Frances Atherton

    The Philosophy of Homelessness is borne out of a five-year ethnographic research project involving being with a group of chronically homeless people in Chester. A small city located in the northwest of the UK, Chester is economically supported by its heritage and the tourism that this attracts. In…

    Hardback – 2018-07-31 
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  • DIY Cultures and Underground Music Scenes book cover

    DIY Cultures and Underground Music Scenes

    Edited by Andy Bennett, Paula Guerra

    The concept of DIY ‘do-it-yourself’ cultural production gained critical momentum during the late 1970s with the emergence of punk. This proved to be a catalyst for the creation of a broader DIY aesthetic that has underpinned a succession of punk and post-punk music styles since the late 1970s.…

    Hardback – 2018-07-30 
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  • European Social Integration and the Roma: Questioning Neoliberal Governmentality book cover

    European Social Integration and the Roma

    Questioning Neoliberal Governmentality

    By Cerasela Voiculescu

    In the field of political sociology and European studies, there has long been a discussion on transnational neoliberal development and ethnic groups’ self-governance. Notwithstanding, there has been limited exploration in relation to modes of knowledge production associated with neoliberal…

    Paperback – 2018-06-30 
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  • Urban Music and Entrepreneurship: Beats, Rhymes and Young People's Enterprise book cover

    Urban Music and Entrepreneurship

    Beats, Rhymes and Young People's Enterprise

    By Joy White

    Youth unemployment in the UK remains around the one million mark, with many young people from impoverished backgrounds becoming and remaining NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training). However, the NEET categorisation covertly disguises and obscures the significance of the diverse range of…

    Paperback – 2018-06-30 
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  • Occupying London: Post-Crash Resistance and the Limits of Possibility book cover

    Occupying London

    Post-Crash Resistance and the Limits of Possibility

    By Samuel Burgum

    Just because there has been a crisis does not necessarily mean there is going to be a change. And yet why, exactly, did nothing change in the face of global resistances and movements which followed the financial meltdown of 2007/8? Based on ethnographic research with the Occupy movement in London –…

    Hardback – 2018-06-29 
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  • Muslim Americans: Debating the notions of American and un-American book cover

    Muslim Americans

    Debating the notions of American and un-American

    By Nahid Afrose Kabir

    With Islamophobia on the rise in the US since 9/11, Muslims remain the most misunderstood people in American society. Taking as its point of departure the question of the compatibility of Islam and democracy, this book examines Muslims’ sense of belonging in American society. Based on extensive…

    Paperback – 2018-06-23 
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  • Practicing Art/Science: Experiments in an Emerging Field book cover

    Practicing Art/Science

    Experiments in an Emerging Field

    Edited by Philippe Sormani, Guelfo Carbone, Priska Gisler

    Over the last two decades, multiple initiatives of transdisciplinary collaboration across art, science, and technology have seen the light of day. Why, by whom, and under what circumstances are such initiatives promoted? What does their experimental character look like - and what can be learned,…

    Hardback – 2018-06-05 
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  • Populism and the Crisis of Democracy: Volume 1: Concepts and Theory book cover

    Populism and the Crisis of Democracy

    Volume 1: Concepts and Theory

    Edited by Gregor Fitzi, Juergen Mackert, Bryan S. Turner

    Today, Western democratic societies are facing a serious threat from both populist parties and social movements. Not only the debates in the course of the presidential elections in the US or UK’s Brexit, but also the critical role the National Front will play in the upcoming presidential elections…

    Hardback – 2018-05-31 
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  • Indigenous Knowledge Production: Navigating Humanity within a Western World book cover

    Indigenous Knowledge Production

    Navigating Humanity within a Western World

    By Marcus Woolombi Waters

    Despite many scholars noting the interdisciplinary approach of Aboriginal knowledge production as a methodology within a broad range of subjects – including quantum mathematics, biodiversity, sociology and the humanities - the academic study of Indigenous knowledge and people is struggling to…

    Hardback – 2018-05-17 
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  • The Dark Side of Podemos?: Carl Schmitt and Contemporary Progressive Populism book cover

    The Dark Side of Podemos?

    Carl Schmitt and Contemporary Progressive Populism

    By Josh Booth, Patrick Baert

    In 2014 a new progressive party, Podemos, emerged on the Spanish political scene. Within just over two years it had become the country’s third-biggest party, winning a slew of seats in parliament and regularly making headline news. While some see Podemos as the saviour of Spanish democracy, others…

    Hardback – 2018-05-14 
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  • The Precarious Generation: A Political Economy of Young People book cover

    The Precarious Generation

    A Political Economy of Young People

    By Judith Bessant, Rys Farthing, Rob Watts

    This book draws on a wealth of evidence including young people’s own stories, to document how they are now faring in increasingly unequal societies like America, Britain, Australia, France and Spain. It points to systematic generational inequality as those born since 1980 become the first…

    Paperback – 2018-05-12 
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  • Sharing Lives: Adult Children and Parents book cover

    Sharing Lives

    Adult Children and Parents

    By Marc Szydlik

    Sharing Lives explores the most important human relationships which last for the longest period of our lives: those between adult children and their parents. Offering a new reference point for studies on the sociology of family, the book focuses on the reasons and results of lifelong…

    Paperback – 2018-04-30 
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  • God, Politics, Economy: Social Theory and the Paradoxes of Religion book cover

    God, Politics, Economy

    Social Theory and the Paradoxes of Religion

    By Bulent Diken

    The book intervenes into the contemporary debate on religion, politics, and economy, focusing on the field of formation which emerges as these seemingly autonomous spheres encounter one another. Empirically, it concentrates on examples from literature, theatre, and cinema as well as a case study…

    Paperback – 2018-04-30 
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  • The Sociology of Central Asian Youth: Choice, Constraint, Risk book cover

    The Sociology of Central Asian Youth

    Choice, Constraint, Risk

    By Mohd.Aslam Bhat

    At the onset of the twenty-first century, ‘youth studies’ emerged as a distinct field of inquisition. Discourses and debates in the field have since become more sophisticated, and the spectrum of analysis has likewise broadened. However, it is striking to note how little reference is made to young…

    Hardback – 2018-04-19
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  • The Great Transformation: History for a Techno-Human Future book cover

    The Great Transformation

    History for a Techno-Human Future

    By Judith Bessant

    While artificial intelligence (AI), robots, bio-technologies and digital media are transforming work, culture, and social life, there is little understanding of or agreement about the scope and significance of this change. This new interpretation of the ‘great transformation’ uses history and…

    Hardback – 2018-04-17
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  • Time and Temporality in Transitional and Post-Conflict Societies book cover

    Time and Temporality in Transitional and Post-Conflict Societies

    Edited by Natascha Mueller-Hirth, Sandra Rios Oyola

    Implicit conceptions of time associated with progress and linearity have influenced scholars and practitioners in the fields of transitional justice and peacebuilding, but time and temporality have rarely been systematically considered. Time and Temporality in Transitional and Post-Conflict…

    Hardback – 2018-03-19
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  • Video Games as Culture: Considering the Role and Importance of Video Games in Contemporary Society book cover

    Video Games as Culture

    Considering the Role and Importance of Video Games in Contemporary Society

    By Daniel Muriel, Garry Crawford

    Video games are becoming culturally dominant. But what does their popularity say about our contemporary society? This book explores video game culture, but in doing so, utilizes video games as a lens through which to understand contemporary social life. Video games are becoming an increasingly…

    Paperback – 2018-03-14
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  • Human Sciences and Human Interests: Integrating the Social, Economic, and Evolutionary Sciences book cover

    Human Sciences and Human Interests

    Integrating the Social, Economic, and Evolutionary Sciences

    By Mikael Klintman

    Within the disciplines of social, economic, and evolutionary science, a proud ignorance can often be found of the other areas’ approaches. This text provides a novel intellectual basis for breaking this trend. Certainly, Human Sciences and Human Interests aspires to open a broad debate about what…

    Paperback – 2018-03-09
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  • The Live Art of Sociology book cover

    The Live Art of Sociology

    By Cath Lambert

    The Live Art of Sociology attends to the importance of ‘the live’ in contemporary social and political life. Taking existing work in live sociology as a starting point, this book considers some of its aspirations through unique empirical investigations. Queer and feminist theory and methods are…

    Hardback – 2018-01-25
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  • Reflections on Knowledge, Learning and Social Movements: History's Schools book cover

    Reflections on Knowledge, Learning and Social Movements

    History's Schools

    Edited by Aziz Choudry, Salim Vally

    How do educators and activists in today’s struggles for change use historical materials from earlier periods of organizing for political education? How do they create and engage with independent and often informal archives and debates? How do they ultimately connect this historical knowledge with…

    Hardback – 2017-12-14
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  • Social Generativity: A Relational Paradigm for Social Change book cover

    Social Generativity

    A Relational Paradigm for Social Change

    Edited by Mauro Magatti

    The 2008 economic crisis called into question the sustainability of the individualistic consumer society. However, for better or for worse, this long-term crisis represents an opportunity for the creation of a new model of growth to reform capitalism, structurally as well as culturally. As a…

    Hardback – 2017-12-14
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  • New Directions in Elite Studies book cover

    New Directions in Elite Studies

    Edited by Olav Korsnes, Johan Heilbron, Johs. Hjellbrekke, Felix Bühlmann, Mike Savage

    Since the financial crisis, the issue of the ‘one percent’ has become the centre of intense public debate, unavoidable even for members of the elite themselves. Moreover, inquiring into elites has taken centre-stage once again in both journalistic investigations and academic research. New…

    Hardback – 2017-12-12
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  • Childhood, Literature and Science: Fragile Subjects book cover

    Childhood, Literature and Science

    Fragile Subjects

    Edited by Jutta Ahlbeck, Päivi Lappalainen, Kati Launis, Kirsi Tuohela

    How do we understand, imagine and remember childhood? In what ways do cultural representations and scientific discourses meet in their ways of portraying children? Childhood, Literature and Science aims to answer these questions by tracing how images of childhood(s) and children in Western…

    Hardback – 2017-11-16
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  • New Immigration Destinations: Migrating to Rural and Peripheral Areas book cover

    New Immigration Destinations

    Migrating to Rural and Peripheral Areas

    By Ruth McAreavey

    Current population movements involve both established and new destinations, often encompassing marginal and rural communities and resulting in a whole new set of issues for these communities. New Immigration Destinations examines structural forces along with individual strategies and…

    Hardback – 2017-11-02
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  • Shared Housing, Shared Lives: Everyday Experiences Across the Lifecourse book cover

    Shared Housing, Shared Lives

    Everyday Experiences Across the Lifecourse

    By Sue Heath, Katherine Davies, Gemma Edwards, Rachael Scicluna

    With a growing population, rising housing costs and housing providers struggling to meet demand for affordable accommodation, more and more people in the UK find themselves sharing their living spaces with people from outside of their families at some point in their lives. Focusing on sharers in a…

    Hardback – 2017-10-30
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  • Gypsy Feminism: Intersectional Politics, Alliances, Gender and Queer Activism book cover

    Gypsy Feminism

    Intersectional Politics, Alliances, Gender and Queer Activism

    By Laura Corradi

    Clumsy stereotypes of the Romani and Travellers communities abound, not only culturally in programmes such as Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, but also amongst educators, social workers, administrators and the medical profession. Gypsy cultures are invariably presented as ruled by tradition and machismo.…

    Hardback – 2017-10-24
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  • Helicopter Parenting and Boomerang Children: How Parents Support and Relate to Their Student and Co-Resident Graduate Children book cover

    Helicopter Parenting and Boomerang Children

    How Parents Support and Relate to Their Student and Co-Resident Graduate Children

    By Anne West, Jane Lewis

    Drawing an unfavourable contrast between the position of students and graduates with that of their baby boomer parents has become a staple for media comment. Indeed, student indebtedness and difficulties in finding graduate jobs and housing typically contrasts markedly with their parents’…

    Hardback – 2017-10-10
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  • Senses in Cities: Experiences of Urban Settings book cover

    Senses in Cities

    Experiences of Urban Settings

    Edited by Kelvin E.Y. Low, Devorah Kalekin-Fishman

    Urban landscapes are usually thought of first and foremost as engineered formations designed for functionality. It is quite clear, however, that cities and towns are sites of social structure, scenes of diversity, and hotbeds of transgressions. They are also sources of satisfying social…

    Hardback – 2017-10-06
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  • Mega-Events as Economies of the Imagination: Creating Atmospheres for Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 book cover

    Mega-Events as Economies of the Imagination

    Creating Atmospheres for Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020

    By Rodanthi Tzanelli

    Atmosphere, the elusive ambiance of a place, enables or hinders its mobility in global consumption contexts. Atmosphere connects to social imaginaries, utopian representational frames producing the culture of a city or country. But who resolves atmospheric contradictions in a place’s social and…

    Hardback – 2017-10-05
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  • Theorizing Digital Divides book cover

    Theorizing Digital Divides

    Edited by Massimo Ragnedda, Glenn W. Muschert

    Although discussion of the digital divide is a relatively new phenomenon, social inequality is a deeply entrenched part of our current social world and is now reproduced in the digital sphere. Such inequalities have been described in multiple traditions of social thought and theoretical approaches.…

    Hardback – 2017-10-02
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  • The Quantified Self in Precarity: Work, Technology and What Counts book cover

    The Quantified Self in Precarity

    Work, Technology and What Counts

    By Phoebe V. Moore

    Humans are accustomed to being tool bearers, but what happens when machines become tool bearers, calculating human labour via the use of big data and people analytics by metrics? The Quantified Self in Precarity highlights how, whether it be in insecure ‘gig’ work or office work, such…

    Hardback – 2017-09-21
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  • Shared Experiences of Mass Shootings: A Comparative Perspective on the Aftermath book cover

    Shared Experiences of Mass Shootings

    A Comparative Perspective on the Aftermath

    By Johanna Nurmi

    Mass violence and terrorism are a salient phenomenon in the late modern society, showing no sign of decline. Proactive results from the long, ongoing debate of how to address these issues are therefore increasingly necessary – not just in the context of prevention, but also in the context of the…

    Hardback – 2017-09-19
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  • Digital Music Distribution: The Sociology of Online Music Streams book cover

    Digital Music Distribution

    The Sociology of Online Music Streams

    By Hendrik Storstein Spilker

    The digital music revolution and the rise of piracy cultures has transformed the music world as we knew it. Digital Music Distribution aims to go beyond the polarized and reductive perception of ‘piracy wars’ to offer a broader and richer understanding of the paradoxes inherent in new forms of…

    Hardback – 2017-09-05
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  • Liberalism 2.0 and the Rise of China: Global Crisis, Innovation and Urban Mobility book cover

    Liberalism 2.0 and the Rise of China

    Global Crisis, Innovation and Urban Mobility

    By David Tyfield

    What can we do in this period of historic, global turbulence? Mainstream narratives have no plausible account of how to stop exacerbating the multiple, overlapping challenges; much less begin to address them meaningfully. The only thing everyone agrees is innovation will be needed. But what is…

    Hardback – 2017-08-31
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  • Composing Processes and Artistic Agency: Tacit Knowledge in Composing book cover

    Composing Processes and Artistic Agency

    Tacit Knowledge in Composing

    By Tasos Zembylas, Martin Niederauer

    This monograph carries out an in-depth investigation into compositional processes, shedding new light on the components and conditions that constitute artistic agency. Artistic agency relies on the interlocking of such activities that emerge from various propositional and…

    Hardback – 2017-07-31
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  • Islamic Environmentalism: Activism in the United States and Great Britain book cover

    Islamic Environmentalism

    Activism in the United States and Great Britain

    By Rosemary Hancock

    Islamic Environmentalism examines Muslim involvement in environmentalism in the United States and Great Britain. The book focuses upon Muslim activists and Islamic organizations that approach environmentalism as a religious duty: offering environmental readings of Islamic scriptures, and…

    Hardback – 2017-07-27
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  • Open Borders, Unlocked Cultures: Romanian Roma Migrants in Western Europe book cover

    Open Borders, Unlocked Cultures

    Romanian Roma Migrants in Western Europe

    Edited by Yaron Matras, Daniele Viktor Leggio

    The book examines some of the dilemmas surrounding Europe’s open borders, migrations, and identities through the prism of the Roma – Europe’s most dispersed and socially marginalised population. The volume challenges some of the myths surrounding the Roma as a ‘problem population’, and places the…

    Hardback – 2017-07-27
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  • The Social Organization of Disease: Emotions and Civic Action book cover

    The Social Organization of Disease

    Emotions and Civic Action

    By Jochen Kleres

    Empirically, this book is a case-study analysis of dissolution processes in German AIDS organizations. Indeed, why is it that civic organizers start out with a commitment to a cause but end up dissolving their organization? This question is exactly what Kleres seeks to tackle within The Social…

    Hardback – 2017-07-10
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  • American Smuggling as White Collar Crime book cover

    American Smuggling as White Collar Crime

    By Lawrence Karson

    When Edwin Sutherland introduced the concept of white-collar crime, he referred to the respectable businessmen of his day who had, in the course of their occupations, violated the law whenever it was advantageous to do so. Yet since the founding of the American Republic, numerous otherwise…

    Paperback – 2017-06-30
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  • Mediating Sexual Citizenship: Neoliberal Subjectivities in Television Culture book cover

    Mediating Sexual Citizenship

    Neoliberal Subjectivities in Television Culture

    By Anita Brady, Kellie Burns, Cristyn Davies

    Mediating Sexual Citizenship considers how the neoliberal imperatives of adaptation, improvement and transformation that inform the shifting artistic and industrial landscape of television are increasingly indexed to performed disruptions in the norms of sexuality and gender. Drawing on examples…

    Hardback – 2017-06-27
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  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations: Critical Perspectives book cover

    International Migration and Ethnic Relations

    Critical Perspectives

    Edited by Magnus Dahlstedt, Anders Neergaard

    Each day, in so many aspects of daily life, we are reminded of the significance of migration and ethnicity. This book is a critical contribution to the understanding of the phenomena of migration and ethnicity, from a Swedish vantage point looking outwards towards a European context. It presents…

    Paperback – 2017-06-07
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  • Social Class and Transnational Human Capital: How Middle and Upper Class Parents Prepare Their Children for Globalization book cover

    Social Class and Transnational Human Capital

    How Middle and Upper Class Parents Prepare Their Children for Globalization

    By Jürgen Gerhards, Hans Silke, Sören Carlson

    Due to globalization processes, foreign language skills, knowledge about other countries and intercultural competences have increasingly become important for societies and people’s social positions. Previous research on social inequality, however, has dominantly focused on the reproduction of class…

    Hardback – 2017-06-01
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  • New Generation Political Activism in Ukraine: 2000–2014 book cover

    New Generation Political Activism in Ukraine

    2000–2014

    By Christine Emeran

    Individuals in the post-Communist Ukraine dealt with a political climate of stalled reforms and corruption, leading to a mass distrust of many political institutions. This had a demobilizing effect on a citizen’s sense of capacity to effect social change. Therefore, the emergence of any individual…

    Hardback – 2017-05-30
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  • Turkish National Identity and Its Outsiders: Memories of State Violence in Dersim book cover

    Turkish National Identity and Its Outsiders

    Memories of State Violence in Dersim

    By Ozlem Goner

    This book examines the ways in which states and nations are constructed and legitimated through defining and managing outsiders. Focusing on Turkey and the municipality of Dersim – a region that has historically combined different outsider identities, including Armenian, Kurdish, and Alevi…

    Hardback – 2017-05-30
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  • Meta-Regulation in Practice: Beyond Normative Views of Morality and Rationality book cover

    Meta-Regulation in Practice

    Beyond Normative Views of Morality and Rationality

    By F.C. Simon

    Meta-regulation presents itself as a progressive policy approach that can manage complexity and conflicting objectives better than traditional command and control regulation. It does this by ‘harnessing’ markets and enlisting a broad range of stakeholders to reach a more inclusive view of the…

    Hardback – 2017-05-30
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  • Emotion and Social Structures: The Affective Foundations of Social Order book cover

    Emotion and Social Structures

    The Affective Foundations of Social Order

    By Christian von Scheve

    The past decades have seen significant advances in the sociological understanding of human emotion. Sociology has shown how culture and society shape our emotions and how emotions contribute to micro- and macro-social processes. At the same time, the behavioral sciences have made progress in…

    Paperback – 2017-05-25
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  • Human Rights, Islam and the Failure of Cosmopolitanism book cover

    Human Rights, Islam and the Failure of Cosmopolitanism

    By June Edmunds

    Cosmopolitanism, as an intellectual and political project, has failed. The portrayal of human rights, especially European, as evidence of cosmopolitanism in practice is misguided. Cosmopolitan theorists point to the rise of claims-making to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) among Europe’s…

    Hardback – 2017-05-18
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  • Cities of Culture: A Global Perspective book cover

    Cities of Culture

    A Global Perspective

    By Deborah Stevenson

    Culture now has a prominent place on the urban policy and re-profiling agendas of cities around the world. City-based cultural planning emphasising creativity in all its guises has emerged as a significant local policy initiative, while the notion of the ‘creative city’ has become an urban imaging…

    Paperback – 2017-05-18
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