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  • The New Narcissus in the Age of Reality Television

    By Megan Collins

    This book explores the emergence and encouragement of the new narcissus in our society and the ways in which this is portrayed in reality television. Through studies of well-known reality shows, including Toddlers and Tiaras, Hoarders, Sister Wives, Catfish: The TV Show, Celebrity Rehab with Dr.…

    Hardback – 2017-12-23 
    Routledge
    Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

  • Walking into the Void

    A Historical Sociology and Political Anthropology of Walking

    By Arpad Szakolczai, Agnes Horvath

    The book starts by discussing the significance of walking for the experience of being human, including a comparative study of the language and cultures of walking. It then reviews in detail, relying on archaeology, two turning points of human history: the emergence of cave art sanctuaries and a new…

    Paperback – 2017-11-02 
    Routledge
    Contemporary Liminality

  • Existence, Meaning, Excellence

    Aristotelian Reflections on the Meaning of Life

    By Andrius Bielskis

    This book addresses the ‘perennial’ question of the meaning of life from the point of view of a novel interpretation of Aristotle’s teleology. Beginning with the premise that at the core of modernity and modern moral imagination are the entropy of meaning and the sense of meaninglessness, the…

    Hardback – 2017-10-31 
    Routledge
    Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

  • 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 
    Routledge
    Routledge Advances in Sociology

  • Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health

    Edited by Bruce M.Z. Cohen

    The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health offers the most comprehensive collection of theoretical and applied writings to date with which students, scholars, researchers and practitioners within the social and health sciences can systematically problematise the practices,…

    Hardback – 2017-09-26 
    Routledge
    Routledge International Handbooks

  • Species and Machines

    The Human Subjugation of Nature

    By Martyn Hudson

    This book offers a re-examination of the relationship between humans and nature with a new methodology: by examining our entanglement with machines. Using central ideas of critical theory, it uncovers the suppression of nature through technology, tools and engines. It focuses on the ways in which…

    Hardback – 2017-09-22
    Routledge

  • Weber, Schumpeter and Modern Capitalism

    Towards a General Theory

    By John Love

    This book provides the groundwork for a general theory of modern capitalism by reinterpreting Max Weber’s work on the origins and institutional underpinnings of modern capitalism, and Joseph Schumpeter’s thought on the mechanisms and functioning of the capitalist economy. Focusing on the…

    Hardback – 2017-07-27
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

  • Gender, Sexuality and Reproduction in Evolutionary Narratives

    By Venla Oikkonen

    Since the early 1990s, evolutionary psychology has produced widely popular visions of modern men and women as driven by their prehistoric genes. In Gender, Sexuality and Reproduction in Evolutionary Narratives, Venla Oikkonen explores the rhetorical appeal of evolutionary psychology by viewing it…

    Paperback – 2017-05-25
    Routledge
    Transformations

  • Ghosts, Landscapes and Social Memory

    By Martyn Hudson

    This book is a groundbreaking attempt to rethink the landscapes of the social world and historical practice by theorising ‘social haunting’: the ways in which the social forms, figures, phantasms and ghosts of the past become present to us time and time again. Examining the relationship between…

    Hardback – 2017-05-18
    Routledge
    Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

  • Power, Legitimacy and the Public Sphere

    The Iranian Ta’ziyeh Theatre Ritual

    By Amin Sharifi Isaloo

    A ground-breaking study of political transformations in non-Western societies, this book applies anthropological, sociological and political concepts to the recent history of Iran to explore the role played by a ritual theatrical performance (Ta’ziyeh) and its symbols on the construction of public…

    Hardback – 2017-04-26
    Routledge
    Contemporary Liminality

  • Deciphering Goffman

    The Structure of his Sociological Theory Revisited

    By Ramon Vargas Maseda

    Challenging the ‘classical’ conception of Goffman’s sociology, this book offers a new interpretation based on a comprehensive examination of previous interpretations and critical assessments of Goffman’s work. Epistemologically, the book acknowledges the important but overlooked influences of both…

    Hardback – 2017-04-06
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

  • Social Theory

    A Textbook

    By Carsten Bagge Laustsen, Lars Thorup Larsen, Mathias Wullum Nielsen, Tine Ravn, Mads P. Sørensen

    This textbook offers a new approach to understanding social theory. Framed around paired theoretical perspectives on a series of sociological problems, the book shows how distinctive viewpoints shed light on different facets of social phenomena. The book includes sociology’s "founding fathers",…

    Paperback – 2017-03-27
    Routledge

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