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.

  • Gender, Intimacy and Contemporary Ireland book cover

    Gender, Intimacy and Contemporary Ireland

    Edited by Róisín Ryan-Flood

    This edited collection explores the dramatic transformations in intimate life that have taken place in Ireland in recent years. A new multiculturalism, availability of divorce and the introduction of civil partnership for same sex couples all herald significant changes in Irish life. Divorce and…

    Hardback – 2017-12-31 
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  • Suburbia in the 21st Century: From Dreamscape to Nightmare? book cover

    Suburbia in the 21st Century

    From Dreamscape to Nightmare?

    Edited by Paul J. Maginn, Katrin B. Anacker

    Since the emergence of the garden suburbs in the UK in the early 20th century and mass suburbanisation since the early 1950s, suburbs have come to hold a special place in the geographical, political, sociological, and cultural imaginations of academics, policymakers, and society. The suburbs are…

    Hardback – 2017-10-31 
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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 – 2017-10-27 
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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 – 2017-10-26 
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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 – 2017-10-25 
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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 – 2017-10-23 
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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 – 2017-10-20 
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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 – 2017-10-17 
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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 – 2017-10-13 
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  • Fertility, Health and Lone Parenting: European Contexts book cover

    Fertility, Health and Lone Parenting

    European Contexts

    Edited by Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq

    In Europe, the percentage of lone-parent families has risen from 14% to 19% between 1996 and 2012. Only in Greece and Finland did the rates fall, while in Denmark and the Republic of Ireland the rise has reached or exceeded 10 percent. As of 2017, there are 2.9 million lone parents with…

    Hardback – 2017-10-13 
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  • Senses In Cities: Experiences Of Urban Settings book cover

    Senses In Cities

    Experiences Of Urban Settings

    Edited by Kelvin 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 – 2017-09-29 
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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 – 2017-09-04 
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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 – 2017-08-18
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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 – 2017-08-16
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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 – 2017-08-14
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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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  • 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 – 2017-06-29
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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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  • 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 – 2017-05-31
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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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  • The Sociology of Postmarxism book cover

    The Sociology of Postmarxism

    By Richard Howson

    Postmarxism is often depicted as a point of intersection for a set of inter-disciplinary theories that are in themselves complex and dense. Bringing the postmarxist theory of Ernesto Laclau into the field of political sociology through a close reading and analysis of postmarxism and its…

    Hardback – 2017-05-15
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  • Transnational Social Policy: Social Welfare in a World on the Move book cover

    Transnational Social Policy

    Social Welfare in a World on the Move

    Edited by Luann Good Gingrich, Stefan Köngeter

    Transnational Social Policy highlights the changing face of social policy and social work against the background of accelerating transnationalization of economies, labour markets, education, social services, and care. The contributions of this book provide unique case examples on the interplay of…

    Hardback – 2017-05-10
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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…

    Hardback – 2017-05-05
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  • (Sub)Urban Sexscapes: Geographies and Regulation of the Sex Industry book cover

    (Sub)Urban Sexscapes

    Geographies and Regulation of the Sex Industry

    Edited by Paul J. Maginn, Christine Steinmetz

    (Sub)Urban Sexscapes brings together a collection of theoretically-informed and empirically rich case studies from internationally renowned and emerging scholars highlighting the contemporary and historical geographies and regulation of the commercial sex industry. Contributions in this edited…

    Paperback – 2017-04-28
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  • Twentieth Century Population Thinking: A Critical Reader of Primary Sources book cover

    Twentieth Century Population Thinking

    A Critical Reader of Primary Sources

    Edited by The Population Knowledge Network

    This reader on the history of demography and historical perspectives on "population" in the twentieth century features a unique collection of primary sources from around the globe, written by scholars, politicians, journalists, and activists. Many of the sources are available in English for the…

    Paperback – 2017-04-28
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  • Changing Gay Male Identities book cover

    Changing Gay Male Identities

    By Andrew J. Cooper

    As the world changes, so sexual identities are changing. In a context of globalisation, mass communication and technological advances, individuals find themselves able to make lifestyle choices in new and different ways. In this increasingly confusing world, sociologists have argued that identities…

    Paperback – 2017-04-28
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  • Homeownership, Renting and Society: Historical and Comparative Perspectives book cover

    Homeownership, Renting and Society

    Historical and Comparative Perspectives

    By Sebastian Kohl

    On the eve of the financial crisis, the USA was inhabited by almost 70 percent homeowning households, in comparison to about 45 percent in Germany. Homeownership, Renting and Society presents new evidence showing that this homeownership gap already existed between American and German cities around…

    Hardback – 2017-04-07
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  • Racial Cities: Governance and the Segregation of Romani People in Urban Europe book cover

    Racial Cities

    Governance and the Segregation of Romani People in Urban Europe

    By Giovanni Picker

    Going beyond race-blind approaches to spatial segregation in Europe, Racial Cities argues that race is the logic through which stigmatized and segregated "Gypsy urban areas" have emerged and persisted after World War II. Building on nearly a decade of ethnographic and historical research in Romania…

    Hardback – 2017-02-27
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  • Class in the New Millennium: The Structure, Homologies and Experience of the British Social Space book cover

    Class in the New Millennium

    The Structure, Homologies and Experience of the British Social Space

    By Will Atkinson

    Class in the New Millennium paints a fresh and comprehensive picture of social class in Britain today. Anchored in a broad repertoire of methods and pursuing a distinctive theoretical agenda, it not only painstakingly maps the structure, transformation and effects of the UK’s key fault lines but…

    Hardback – 2017-02-27
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  • The Geography of Nostalgia: Global and Local Perspectives on Modernity and Loss book cover

    The Geography of Nostalgia

    Global and Local Perspectives on Modernity and Loss

    By Alastair Bonnett

    We are familiar with the importance of 'progress' and 'change'. But what about loss? Across the world, from Beijing to Birmingham, people are talking about loss: about the loss that occurs when populations try to make new lives in new lands as well as the loss of traditions, languages and…

    Paperback – 2017-02-27
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  • The Third Digital Divide: A Weberian Approach to Digital Inequalities book cover

    The Third Digital Divide

    A Weberian Approach to Digital Inequalities

    By Massimo Ragnedda

    Drawing on the thought of Max Weber, in particular his theory of stratification, this book engages with the question of whether the digital divide simply extends traditional forms of inequality, or whether it also includes new forms of social exclusion, or perhaps manifests counter-trends that…

    Hardback – 2017-02-21
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  • Work–Family Dynamics: Competing Logics of Regulation, Economy and Morals book cover

    Work–Family Dynamics

    Competing Logics of Regulation, Economy and Morals

    Edited by Berit Brandth, Sigtona Halrynjo, Elin Kvande

    Work-life integration is an increasingly hot topic in the media, social research, governments and in people’s everyday lives. This volume offers a new type of lens for understanding work-family reconciliation by studying how work-family dynamics are shaped, squeezed and developed between consistent…

    Hardback – 2017-02-09
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  • Digital Publics: Cultural Political Economy, Financialisation and Creative Organisational Politics book cover

    Digital Publics

    Cultural Political Economy, Financialisation and Creative Organisational Politics

    By John Michael Roberts

    Today we often hear academics, commentators, pundits, and politicians telling us that new media has transformed activism, providing an array of networks for ordinary people to become creatively involved in a multitude of social and political practices. But what exactly is the ideology lurking…

    Paperback – 2017-02-07
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  • On the Frontlines of the Welfare State: How the Fire Service and Police Shape Social Problems book cover

    On the Frontlines of the Welfare State

    How the Fire Service and Police Shape Social Problems

    By Barry Goetz

    Although public safety agencies protect our well-being, they also shape social problems and community inequities. Public safety protections promote what T.H. Marshall called "social rights" of equitable citizenship. Frontlines of Welfare State shows how public safety agencies function as welfare…

    Hardback – 2017-01-31
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  • Global Management, Local Resistances: Theoretical Discussion and Empirical Case Studies book cover

    Global Management, Local Resistances

    Theoretical Discussion and Empirical Case Studies

    Edited by Ulrike Schuerkens

    This book originates from a research project involving extensive collection and analysis of primary and secondary materials (scholarly literature, statistical data, and interviews with key actors) on global management and local resistances in all major world regions during the last years. It seeks…

    Paperback – 2017-01-30
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  • Ideology and the Fight Against Human Trafficking book cover

    Ideology and the Fight Against Human Trafficking

    By Reyhan Atasü-Topcuoğlu

    Human trafficking has become one of the most spoken-of problems of our day, and fighting it has grown into a multi-million-dollar project sector. This book is about how we all come to name various exploitative migratory experiences "human trafficking" and how we build a consensus on how to counter…

    Paperback – 2017-01-27
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  • Values and Identities in Europe: Evidence from the European Social Survey book cover

    Values and Identities in Europe

    Evidence from the European Social Survey

    Edited by Michael J. Breen

    Contrary to what is suggested in media and popular discourses, Europe is neither a monolithic entity nor simply a collection of nation states. It is, rather, a union of millions of individuals who differ from one another in a variety of ways while also sharing many characteristics associated with…

    Hardback – 2017-01-19
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  • Critical Theory and Social Media: Between Emancipation and Commodification book cover

    Critical Theory and Social Media

    Between Emancipation and Commodification

    By Thomas Allmer

    Social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are enormously popular: they are continuously ranked among the most frequently accessed websites worldwide. However there are as yet few studies which combine critical theoretical and empirical research in the context of digital and…

    Paperback – 2017-01-09
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  • Humanist Realism for Sociologists book cover

    Humanist Realism for Sociologists

    By Terry Leahy

    Recent critiques treat humanism as a mistaken value framework. Indeed, the concept of human nature is in fact essential for sociology, but is often being denied at the same time as it appears without acknowledgement. While classic authors can show us how to connect an ethics with a concept of human…

    Hardback – 2016-12-21
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  • Migrant Professionals in the City: Local Encounters, Identities and Inequalities book cover

    Migrant Professionals in the City

    Local Encounters, Identities and Inequalities

    Edited by Lars Meier

    The migration of professionals is widely seen as a paradigmatic representation and a driver of globalization. The global elite of highly qualified migrants—managers and scientists, for example—are partly defined by their lives’ mobility. But their everyday lives are based and take place in specific…

    Paperback – 2016-12-20
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