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.

  • Dynamics of National Identity

    Media and Societal Factors of What We Are

    Edited by Peter Schmidt, Josef Seethaler, Jürgen Grimm, Leonie Huddy

    Globalization, immigration and economic crisis challenge the conceptions of nations, trans-national institutions and post-ethnic societies which are central topics in social sciences' discourses. This book examines in an interdisciplinary and international comparative way structures of national…

    Hardback – 2016-02-05 
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  • Values, Economic Crisis and Democracy

    Edited by Mălina Voicu, Ingvill C. Mochmann, Hermann Dülmer

    For the past decade European countries have undergone a severe economic crisis, with severe consequences both for individuals and for governments. Unemployment and rising poverty have compelled individuals to reconsider their own priorities and goals, while governments have been forced to rethink…

    Hardback – 2016-02-05 
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  • Family, Culture, and Self in the Development of Eating Disorders

    By Susan Haworth-Hoeppner

    This book takes a unique approach to the examination of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. White, middle-class women share their insights into the emergence of their illnesses through detailed interviews that consider perceptions of the role of family, the influence of cultural messages…

    Hardback – 2016-02-01 
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  • 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 – 2016-01-31 
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  • Pragmatic Humanism

    On the Nature and Value of Sociological Knowledge

    By Marcus Morgan

    Is sociology best understood as simply chipping away at our ignorance about society, or does it have broader roles and responsibilities? If so, to what—or perhaps to whom—are these responsibilities? Installing humanity as its epistemological and normative start and endpoint, this book shows how…

    Hardback – 2016-01-22 
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  • The Social Organization of Disease

    Emotions and Civic Action

    By Jochen Kleres

    Hardback – 2015-12-31 
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  • The Social after Gabriel Tarde

    Debates and Assessments, 2nd Edition

    Edited by Matei Candea

    Gabriel Tarde was a highly influential figure in 19th century French sociology: a prolific and evocative writer whose understanding of the social differed radically from that of his younger opponent Emile Durkheim. Whereas Durkheimian sociology went on to become the core of the social scientific…

    Hardback – 2015-12-18 
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  • State Looteries

    Gambling That Taxes Racial Inequality

    By Kasey Henricks, David G. Embrick

    Fifty years ago, familiar images of the lottery would have been strange, as no state lottery existed then. Few researchers have uncovered the obscure role lotteries play in the changing composition of American taxation. Even less is known about what role race plays in this process. More than simply…

    Hardback – 2015-12-15 
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  • Ageing, Community, and Neoliberal Governance

    By Buck Rosenberg

    As the social and economic pressures of an ageing population mount - combined with the neo-liberal state’s retreat from its social welfare obligations - industrial societies are shifting the costs of ageing onto individuals themselves. Senior citizens are increasingly required to take personal…

    Hardback – 2015-12-15 
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  • On the Frontlines of the Welfare State

    How the Fire Service and Police Shape Social Problems

    By Barry Goetz

    This book assesses the broader goals of public safety agencies as welfare state agencies. Based in empirical case studies, the volume takes the vantage point of an organizational and political sociology approach, focusing on the interplay among organizational structures, procedures and sub-cultural…

    Hardback – 2015-12-15 
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  • Addiction, Modernity, and the City

    A Users’ Guide to Urban Space

    By Christopher B.R. Smith

    Examining the interdependent nature of substance, space, and subjectivity, this book constitutes an interdisciplinary analysis of the intoxication indigenous to what has been termed "our narcotic modernity." The first section – Drug/Culture – demonstrates how the body of the addict and the social…

    Hardback – 2015-12-14 
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  • Beyond Capital

    Values, Commons, Computing, and the Search for a Viable Future

    By David Hakken, Barbara Andrews, Maurizio Teli

    The financial/social cataclysm beginning in 2007 ended notions of a “great moderation” and the view that capitalism had overcome its systemic tendencies to crisis. The subsequent failure of contemporary social formations to address the causes of the crisis gives renewed impetus to better analysis…

    Hardback – 2015-12-07 
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  • Medicine, Risk, Discourse and Power

    By John Martyn Chamberlain

    This book critically explores from a comparative international perspective the role medicine plays in constructing and managing natural and social risks, including those belonging to modern medical technology and expertise. Drawing together chapters written by professional practitioners and social…

    Hardback – 2015-11-30 
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  • Care, Power, and Information

    The Colonization of Digital Citizenship

    By Alexander Stingl

    This book explores the issues of the digital and the biopolitical and their implications for citizenship and governance in the contemporary world.…

    Hardback – 2015-11-30 
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  • Theorizing Social Memories

    Concepts and Contexts

    Edited by Gerd Sebald, Jatin Wagle

    Public debates over the last two decades about social memories, about how as societies we remember, make sense of, and even imagine and invent, our collective pasts suggest that grand narratives have been abandoned for numerous little stories that contest the unified visions of the past. But, while…

    Hardback – 2015-11-18 
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  • Retail and the Artifice of Social Change

    By Steven Miles

    In Retail and Social Change Steven Miles, presents a cross-disciplinary analysis of the evolution of retail and how in both its material and virtual guises it has come to reframe our relationship with the social world. Retail has become increasingly influential in homogenising the urban experience.…

    Hardback – 2015-11-18 
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  • The Rise of Critical Animal Studies

    From the Margins to the Centre

    Edited by Nik Taylor, Richard Twine

    As the scholarly and interdisciplinary study of human/animal relations becomes crucial to the urgent questions of our time, notably in relation to environmental crisis, this collection explores the inner tensions within the relatively new and broad field of animal studies. This provides a platform…

    Paperback – 2015-10-31 
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  • Applying Ibn Khaldun

    The Recovery of a Lost Tradition in Sociology

    By Syed Farid Alatas

    The writings of Ibn Khaldun, particularly the Muqaddimah (Prolegomenon) have rightly been regarded as being sociological in nature. For this reason, Ibn Khaldun has been widely regarded as the founder of sociology, or at least a precursor of modern sociology. While he was given this recognition,…

    Paperback – 2015-10-31 
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  • The Synchronization of National Policies

    Ethnography of the Global Tribe of Moderns

    By Pertti Alasuutari

    The Synchronization of National Policies shows how it is possible that there is remarkable uniformity in the policies that the nation-states adopt, although there is no world government. Mainstream research attributes such global governance to the influence of leading countries, to functional…

    Hardback – 2015-10-16 
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  • 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…

    Hardback – 2015-10-09 
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  • Love and Society

    Special Social Forms and the Master Emotion

    By Swen Seebach

    Hardback – 2015-09-30 
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  • The Longings and Limits of Global Citizenship Education

    The Moral Pedagogy of Schooling in a Cosmopolitan Age

    By Jeffrey S. Dill

    As the world seemingly gets smaller and smaller, schools around the globe are focusing their attention on expanding the consciousness and competencies of their students to prepare them for the conditions of globalization. Global citizenship education is rapidly growing in popularity because it…

    Paperback – 2015-09-15 
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  • Generation, Discourse, and Social Change

    By Karen R. Foster

    Just what is a generation? And why, if at all, does it matter? This book asks what generation means to ordinary people, arguing that generation is real and it matters, but not in the ways that we think. Generations are not groups of people who can be categorized and attributed with static,…

    Paperback – 2015-09-15 
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  • Immigrant Adaptation in Multi-Ethnic Societies

    Canada, Taiwan, and the United States

    Edited by Eric Fong, Lan-Hung Nora Chiang, Nancy Denton

    As a result of international immigration, ethnic diversity has increased rapidly in many countries, not only in major cities, but also in smaller cities. This trend is not limited to the traditional immigrant receiving countries, such as the United States and Canada, but occurs also in many other…

    Paperback – 2015-09-15 
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  • Consuming Families

    Buying, Making, Producing Family Life in the 21st Century

    By Jo Lindsay, JaneMaree Maher

    This book explores contemporary families as sites of consumption, examining the changing contexts of family life, where new forms of family are altering how family life is practised and produced, and addressing key social issues – childhood obesity, alchohol and drug addiction, social…

    Paperback – 2015-09-15 
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  • Social Sustainability

    A Multilevel Approach to Social Inclusion

    Edited by Veronica Dujon, Jesse Dillard, Eileen M. Brennan

    How can we raise the standard of living of the world’s poor and maintain high levels of social health and well-being in the developed world, while simultaneously reducing the environmental damage wrought by human activity? The social dimension of sustainability is becoming recognized as a necessary…

    Paperback – 2015-09-15 
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  • Racism, Governance, and Public Policy

    Beyond Human Rights

    By Katy Sian, Ian Law, S. Sayyid

    This book presents a new framing of policy debates on the question of racism through a discursive critique of contemporary issues and contexts, drawing on a program of new European research carried out between 2010 and 2013, with a central focus on the UK. This includes analysis of the discursive…

    Paperback – 2015-09-15 
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  • Children in Crisis

    Ethnographic Studies in International Contexts

    Edited by Manata Hashemi, Martín Sánchez-Jankowski

    This volume brings together ethnographers conducting research on children living in crisis situations in both developing and developed regions, taking a cross-cultural approach that spans different cities in the global North and South to provide insight and analyses into the lifeworlds of their…

    Paperback – 2015-09-15 
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  • Migrant Marginality

    A Transnational Perspective

    Edited by Philip Kretsedemas, Jorge Capetillo-Ponce, Glenn Jacobs

    This edited book uses migrant marginality to problematize several different aspects of global migration. It examines how many different societies have defined their national identities, cultural values and terms of political membership through (and in opposition to) constructions of migrants and…

    Paperback – 2015-09-15 
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  • The Digital Divide

    The Internet and Social Inequality in International Perspective

    Edited by Massimo Ragnedda, Glenn W. Muschert

    This book provides an in-depth comparative analysis of inequality and the stratification of the digital sphere. Grounded in classical sociological theories of inequality, as well as empirical evidence, this book defines ‘the digital divide’ as the unequal access and utility of internet…

    Paperback – 2015-09-01
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  • 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…

    Hardback – 2015-08-24
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  • Transnational Students and Mobility

    Lived Experiences of Migration

    By Hannah Soong

    As globalisation deepens, student mobility and migration has not only impacted economy and institutions, it has also infused human desires, imaginaries, experiences and subjectivities. In Transnational Students and Mobility, Hannah Soong portrays the vexed nexus of education and migration as a site…

    Hardback – 2015-08-19
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  • Ageing in Contexts of Migration

    Edited by Ute Karl, Sandra Torres

    Population ageing and the globalisation of international migration are challenging the research agendas of social scientists around the world, and posing numerous challenges for policy makers and practitioners whose goal is to formulate and design high-quality and user-friendly policies and…

    Hardback – 2015-08-13
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  • Mobility, Modernity and the Slum

    The Real and Virtual Journeys of 'Slumdog Millionaire'

    By Rodanthi Tzanelli

    Only virtuous humans are supposed to move in time to meet their happy destiny or karma. The tale of Jamal in Slumdog Millionaire is such a case of serendipitous mobility towards riches and love – a ‘journey’ in which good heroes and urban communities respecting solidarity are successfully…

    Hardback – 2015-08-12
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  • 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…

    Hardback – 2015-08-04
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  • Gabriel Tarde

    Two Essays

    Edited by Matei Candea

    The recent surge of interest in nineteenth century sociologist Gabriel Tarde, fuelled in the English-speaking world primarily by second-hand discussions of his work, has produced and will continue to produce a broad demand for full English language versions of the author’s key texts. The…

    Hardback – 2015-07-30
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  • Language, Identity and Conflict

    A Comparative Study of Language in Ethnic Conflict in Europe and Eurasia

    By Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost

    This innovative study of language and identity in recent and contemporary cases of ethnic conflict in Europe and Eurasia sets out a response to the limitations in the fields of linguistics and political science. Using examples of language policy and planning in conflict situations, it examines the…

    Paperback – 2015-07-23
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  • Sociology of Economic Innovation

    By Francesco Ramella

    This book offers a sociological overview of the theories and research on economic innovation. Over the past few decades, the economics of innovation has given rise to a lively flow of studies, and innovation studies continues to develop as an interdisciplinary field of research. Sociology in…

    Hardback – 2015-07-22
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  • Speaking for Animals

    Animal Autobiographical Writing

    Edited by Margo DeMello

    For thousands of years, in the myths and folktales of people around the world, animals have spoken in human tongues. Western and non-Western literary and folkloric traditions are filled with both speaking animals, some of whom even narrate or write their own autobiographies. Animals speak, famously…

    Paperback – 2015-07-16
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  • Global Justice Activism and Policy Reform in Europe

    Understanding When Change Happens

    Edited by Peter Utting, Mario Pianta, Anne Ellersiek

    Civil society activism around issues of global justice has proliferated in Europe during the past two decades. Has such contestation and advocacy made a difference? This book examines whether and how the organizations, networks and campaigns involved have attained their policy objectives in the…

    Paperback – 2015-06-29
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  • Bourdieu's Theory of Social Fields

    Concepts and Applications

    Edited by Mathieu Hilgers, Eric Mangez

    Bourdieu’s theory of social fields is one of his key contributions to social sciences and humanities. However, it has never been subjected to genuine critical examination. This book fills that gap and offers a clear and wide-ranging introduction to the theory. It includes a critical discussion of…

    Paperback – 2015-06-25
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  • Comedy and Social Science

    Towards a Methodology of Funny

    By Cate Watson

    While there have been many sociological and psychological studies of humor, few can claim to be funny. Humor may be regarded as a legitimate topic for social scientists, but in general, they present their research rather seriously. In academia, humor tends to be trivialized and dismissed. This is…

    Hardback – 2015-06-24
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  • Religious Identity and Social Change

    Explaining Christian conversion in a Muslim world

    By David Radford

    Religious Identity and Social Change offers a macro and micro analysis of the dynamics of rapid social and religious change occurring within the Muslim world. Drawing on rich ethnographic and quantitative research in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, David Radford provides theoretical insight into the…

    Hardback – 2015-06-22
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  • Lifestyles and Subcultures

    History and a New Perspective

    By Luigi Berzano, Carlo Genova

    Lifestyles and subcultures are tools through which people say – to themselves and to others – who they think they are, who they think they are similar to, and who they think they are different from. Lifestyles and subcultures are ways which people adopt to look at their own lives, and to try to…

    Hardback – 2015-06-04
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  • From Corporate to Social Media

    Critical Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility in Media and Communication Industries

    By Marisol Sandoval

    The corporate and the social are crucial themes of our times. In the first decade of the twenty-first century, both individual lives and society were shaped by capitalist crisis and the rise of social media. But what marks the distinctively social character of "social media"? And how does it relate…

    Paperback – 2015-05-22
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  • The Capitalist Personality

    Face-to-Face Sociality and Economic Change in the Post-Communist World

    By Christopher S. Swader

    Modern capitalism favors values that undermine our face-to-face bonds with friends and family members. Focusing on the post-communist world, and comparing it to more "developed" societies, this book reveals the mixed effects of capitalist culture on interpersonal relationships. While most observers…

    Paperback – 2015-05-21
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  • Sociology of the Visual Sphere

    Edited by Regev Nathansohn, Dennis Zuev

    This collection of original articles deals with two intertwined general questions: what is the visual sphere, and what are the means by which we can study it sociologically? These questions serve as the logic for dividing the book into two sections, the first ("Visualizing the Social, Sociologizing…

    Paperback – 2015-05-21
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  • The Culture of Enterprise in Neoliberalism

    Specters of Entrepreneurship

    By Tomas Marttila

    This book provides an empirical study of the increasing importance of the concept of the entrepreneur in the context of the neoliberal cultural paradigm. Using the theoretical framework of the post-structural discourse theory and methods of qualitative discourse analysis, the book describes the…

    Paperback – 2015-05-21
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