Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

Series Editors: Valerie Jenness, Jodi Obrien, Doug Hartmann

This innovative series is for all readers interested in books that provide frameworks for making sense of the complexities of contemporary social life. Each of the books in this series uses a sociological lens to provide current critical and analytical perspectives on significant social issues, patterns and trends. The series consists of books that integrate the best ideas in sociological thought with an aim toward public education and engagement. These books are designed for use in the classroom as well as for scholars and socially curious general readers.

  • Sociological Perspectives on Sport

    The Games Outside the Games

    Edited by David Karen, Robert E. Washington

    Sociological Perspectives on Sport: The Games Outside the Games seeks not only to inform students about the sports world but also to offer them analytical skills and the application of theoretical perspectives that deepen their awareness and understanding of social processes linking sports to the…

    Paperback – 2015-03-10
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  • Gender Circuits

    Bodies and Identities in a Technological Age, 2nd Edition

    By Eve Shapiro

    The new edition of Gender Circuits explores the impact of new technologies on the gendered lives of individuals through substantive sociological analysis and in-depth case studies. Examining the complex intersections between gender ideologies, social scripts, information and biomedical technologies…

    Paperback – 2015-02-02
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  • Migration, Incorporation, and Change in an Interconnected World

    By Syed Ali, Doug Hartmann

    Written in engaging and approachable prose, Migration, Incorporation, and Change in an Interconnected World covers the bulk of material a student needs to get a good sense of the empirical and theoretical trends in the field of migration studies, while being short enough that professors can easily…

    Paperback – 2015-01-22
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  • Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides?

    Abortion, Neonatal Care, Assisted Dying, and Capital Punishment, 2nd Edition

    By Sheldon Ekland-Olson

    This second edition of Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides? has been updated to consider the rising stakes for issues of life and death. Abortion, assisted dying, and capital punishment are among the most contentious issues in many societies and demand debate. Whose rights are protected? How do these…

    Paperback – 2014-12-02
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  • Life and Death Decisions

    The Quest for Morality and Justice in Human Societies, 2nd Edition

    By Sheldon Ekland-Olson

    Issues of Life and Death such as abortion, assisted suicide, capital punishment and others are among the most contentious in many societies. Whose rights are protected? How do these rights and protections change over time and who makes those decisions? Based on the author’s award-winning and hugely…

    Paperback – 2014-11-12
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  • Transforming Scholarship

    Why Women's and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and the World, 2nd Edition

    By Michele Tracy Berger, Cheryl L Radeloff

    Transforming Scholarship is a user-friendly work of practical guidance and inspiration for supporting a student's interest in a Women's Studies degree. Berger and Radeloff use empirical evidence to help students with the major barriers they face when exploring Women's Studies: the negative response…

    Paperback – 2014-08-05
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  • Social Statistics

    Managing Data, Conducting Analyses, Presenting Results, 2nd Edition

    By Thomas J. Linneman

    Many fundamentally important decisions about our social life are a function of how well we understand and analyze DATA. This sounds so obvious but it is so misunderstood. Social statisticians struggle with this problem in their teaching constantly. This book and its approach is the ally and support…

    Paperback – 2014-02-24
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  • Understanding Deviance

    Connecting Classical and Contemporary Perspectives

    By Tammy L. Anderson

    In this collection of 48 reprinted and completely original articles, Tammy Anderson gives her fellow instructors of undergraduate deviance a refreshing way to energize and revitalize their courses. [36 are reprints; 12 are original to this text/anthology] First, in 12 separate sections, she…

    Paperback – 2014-01-28
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  • Religion in Today’s World

    Global Issues, Sociological Perspectives

    By Melissa M. Wilcox

    Religion is a major force in contemporary society. It is also one of the least understood social and political influences on individuals and communities. In this innovative collection of original essays and classic readings, experts explore the significance of contemporary religiosity: as a source…

    Paperback – 2013-12-06
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  • Surviving Dictatorship

    A Work of Visual Sociology

    By Jacqueline Adams

    Written as a book for undergraduate students as well as scholars, Surviving Dictatorship is a work of visual sociology and oral history, and a case study that communicates the lived experience of poverty, repression, and resistance in an authoritarian society: Pinochet’s Chile. It focuses on…

    Paperback – 2012-03-07
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  • Social Theory Re-Wired

    New Connections to Classical and Contemporary Perspectives

    Edited by Wesley Longhofer, Daniel Winchester, Arturo Baiocchi

    This social theory text combines the structure of a print reader with the flexibility of an interactive website. The reader includes original texts from classical and contemporary theorists as well as short synopses of key ideas and brief biographies of each theorist. The website will contain a…

    Paperback – 2012-01-19
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  • The Senses in Self, Society, and Culture

    A Sociology of the Senses

    By Phillip Vannini, Dennis Waskul, Simon Gottschalk

    The Senses in Self, Society, and Culture is the definitive guide to the sociological and anthropological study of the senses. Vannini, Waskul, and Gottschalk provide a comprehensive map of the social and cultural significance of the senses that is woven in a thorough analytical review of classical,…

    Hardback – 2011-08-08
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  • Stargazing

    Celebrity, Fame, and Social Interaction

    By Kerry O. Ferris, Scott R. Harris

    The sociology of fame and celebrity is at the cutting edge of current scholarship in a number of different areas of study. Stargazing highlights the interactional dynamics of celebrity and fame in contemporary society, including the thoughts and feelings of stars on the red carpet, the thrills and…

    Paperback – 2010-12-20
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  • Sociologists Backstage

    Answers to 10 Questions About What They Do

    By Sarah Fenstermaker, Nikki Jones

    Published social science rarely gives real attention to the actual doing of research, making the process appear magical, or at least self-evident and simple. This book is intended to right the balance by illuminating the craft and the choices made as the research process unfolds for the sociologist…

    Paperback – 2010-11-08
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  • Surviving the Holocaust

    A Life Course Perspective

    By Ronald Berger

    Surviving the Holocaust is a compelling sociological account of two brothers who survived the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Poland. One brother, the author’s father, endured several concentration camps, including the infamous camp at Auschwitz, as well as a horrific winter death march; while the…

    Paperback – 2010-07-06
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  • The Internet and Social Inequalities

    By James C. Witte, Susan E. Mannon

    Ideal for use as a core or secondary text in lower division social inequalities or social problems courses, this book explains how the changing nature and uses of the Internet not only mirror today’s social inequalities, but also are at the heart of how stratification is now taking place. A…

    Paperback – 2009-12-21
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  • The State of Sex

    Tourism, Sex and Sin in the New American Heartland

    By Barbara G. Brents, Crystal A. Jackson, Kathryn Hausbeck

    The State of Sex is a study of Nevada’s brothels that situates the nation's only legal brothel industry in the political economy of contemporary tourism. Nevada is part of the "new American heartland," as its pastimes, people, and politics have become more central to the nation. The rise of a…

    Paperback – 2009-12-15
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  • Watching TV Is Not Required

    Thinking About Media and Thinking About Thinking

    By Bernard McGrane, John Gunderson

    This book uses a social world–today's undergraduate students' ubiquitous everyday experience of television–as a vehicle for helping awaken students to the true possibilities for learning and their responsibilities inherent in achieving those goals. The book also introduces students to the social…

    Paperback – 2009-10-21
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  • Violence Against Women

    Vulnerable Populations

    By Douglas A. Brownridge

    Violence Against Women: Vulnerable Populations investigates under-researched and underserved groups of women who are particularly vulnerable to violent victimization from an intimate male partner. In the past, there has been an understandable reluctance to address this issue to avoid stereotyping…

    Paperback – 2009-01-15
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  • Hoop Dreams on Wheels

    Disability and the Competitive Wheelchair Athlete

    By Ronald Berger

    Hoop Dreams on Wheels is a life-history study of wheelchair athletes associated with a premier collegiate wheelchair basketball program. The book, which grapples with the intersection of biography and history in society, situates the study in broader context with background on the history and…

    Paperback – 2008-09-12
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  • GIS and Spatial Analysis for the Social Sciences

    Coding, Mapping, and Modeling

    By Robert Nash Parker, Emily K. Asencio

    This is the first book to provide sociologists, criminologists, political scientists, and other social scientists with the methodological logic and techniques for doing spatial analysis in their chosen fields of inquiry.  The book contains a wealth of examples as to why…

    Paperback – 2008-07-10
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  • Political Justice and Religious Values

    By Charles Andrain

    Why do individuals and groups hold distinctive theological views? Why do these beliefs change? In what ways do theological interpretations influence concepts of spiritual and political justice? How and why do these concepts of justice affect policy preferences held by religious liberals and…

    Paperback – 2008-05-28
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