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Free-to-View Online in November 2016: Selected Ashgate Sociology Research Titles!

We are delighted to welcome Ashgate to the Taylor and Francis Group.  To highlight the breadth and depth of the newly acquired titles we are pleased to launch this special free to view promotion across Humanities and Social Sciences, allowing you to view selected monographs online in their entirety for one month.

With nearly 50 years of distinguished publishing in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities, Ashgate compliments Routledge’s commitment to support academic research and scholarly publishing.  Ashgate is a leading research publisher in Art History, Music, History, Social Work, Politics, Literary Studies, and many other disciplines and we are delighted to now offer these titles through the Taylor and Francis Group.

Browse these selected Sociology titles to explore this subject further.  Interested in browsing free to view titles in other subject areas?  If so, you can read more about all of the Ashgate titles that are available free to view in November 2016 here.

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A Selection of Featured Titles

  • Academic Life and Labour in the New University

    Hope and Other Choices

    By Ruth Barcan

    What does it mean to be an academic today? What kinds of experiences do students have, and how are they affected by what they learn? Why do so many students and their teachers feel like frauds? Can we learn to teach and research in ways that foster hope and deflate pretension? Academic Life and…

    Hardback – 2013-12-18

  • A Genealogy of Social Violence

    Founding Murder, Rawlsian Fairness, and the Future of the Family

    By Clint Jones

    Examining the mimetic theory of René Girard, this book investigates the development of society as a result of an original crime (a murder) that shaped the way the earliest humans organized the social structures we live with today - an analysis that reveals the dangerous structure of the most basic…

    Hardback – 2013-11-20
    Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

  • The Liminal Worker

    An Ethnography of Work, Unemployment and Precariousness in Contemporary Greece

    By Manos Spyridakis

    The Liminal Worker examines the experience of work, employment, employment insecurity and precariousness in a context of high unemployment and welfare state crisis in modern Greece. A theoretically-informed, anthropological exploration of the notion of work in contemporary western society and its…

    Hardback – 2013-11-06
    Urban Anthropology

  • Postcolonial Masculinities

    Emotions, Histories and Ethics

    By Amal Treacher Kabesh

    Exploring the similarities and differences between and across masculinities in the Middle East and the West, Postcolonial Masculinities avoids the constant reinforcement of divisions and stereotypes created by the process of 'othering' and the problematic discourse of the clash of civilisations,…

    Hardback – 2013-11-06

  • Violence, Society and Radical Theory

    Bataille, Baudrillard and Contemporary Society

    By William Pawlett

    Shedding light on the relationship between violence and contemporary society, this volume explores the distinctive but little-known theories of violence in the work of Georges Bataille and Jean Baudrillard, applying these to a range of violent events - events often labelled ’inexplicable’ - in…

    Hardback – 2013-10-28
    Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

  • Rereading Jean-François Lyotard

    Essays on His Later Works

    By Heidi Bickis

    Edited by Rob Shields

    What does Lyotard's thought offer contemporary theory? By focusing on key concepts and themes from his later texts, such as affect, aesthetics, Andre Malraux, St Paul, nihilism, infancy, space and writing, Rereading Jean-François Lyotard: Essays on His Later Works explores the impact and relevance…

    Hardback – 2013-09-01

  • Zygmunt Bauman

    Why Good People do Bad Things

    By Shaun Best

    In this ground-breaking book, Shaun Best analyses the intellectual knowledge production of Zygmunt Bauman and his rise to academic stardom in the English speaking world by evaluating the relation between his biography, the contexts in which he found himself, and why his intellectual creativity is…

    Hardback – 2013-08-12
    Public Intellectuals and the Sociology of Knowledge

  • Imperialism and Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century

    A System in Crisis

    By James Petras, Henry Veltmeyer, Humberto Márquez

    We live in a time of dynamic, but generally regressive regime change-a period in which major political transformations and a rollback of a half-century of legislation are accelerated under conditions of a prolonged and deepening economic crisis and a worldwide offensive against the citizenry and…

    Hardback – 2013-06-13
    Globalization, Crises, and Change

  • Criminal Resistance?

    The Politics of Kidnapping Oil Workers

    By Temitope B. Oriola

    Crude oil extraction in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria generates 96% of all foreign earnings and 85% of state revenues, making it crucial to the survival of the Nigerian state. Several generations of state neglect, corruption and mismanagement have ensured that the Delta region is one of the…

    Hardback – 2013-05-23

  • Second-Generation Transnationalism and Roots Migration

    Cross-Border Lives

    By Susanne Wessendorf

    Second-Generation Transnationalism and Roots Migration represents the first comprehensive study of second-generation transnationalism, exploring the manner in which the children of migrants grow up amid travel back and forth between the country of origin and the country of immigration, while at the…

    Hardback – 2013-03-28
    Studies in Migration and Diaspora

  • Dangerous Others, Insecure Societies

    Fear and Social Division

    Edited by Michalis Lianos

    Dangerous Others, Insecure Societies examines the turn in post-industrial societies towards a fear of cultural, racial or religious externality, adopting a ground-breaking analysis which considers 'insecurity' a constituent part of 'otherness', rather than something separate or following from it.…

    Hardback – 2013-03-08

  • Irregular Migrant Domestic Workers in Europe

    Who Cares?

    Edited by Anna Triandafyllidou

    With specific attention to irregular migrant workers - that is to say, those without legal permits to stay in the countries in which they work - this volume focuses on domestic work, presenting studies from ten European countries, including Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the…

    Hardback – 2013-02-20

  • Multiple Modernities and Postsecular Societies

    By Kristina Stoeckl

    Edited by Massimo Rosati

    Engaging with the idea that the world reveals not one, but many routes to modernity, this volume explores the role of religion in the emergence of multiple forms of modernity, which evolve according to specific cultural conditions and interpretations of the 'modern project'. It draws upon case…

    Hardback – 2012-12-10

  • The Aftermath of War

    Experiences and Social Attitudes in the Western Balkans

    By Albert Simkus

    Edited by Kristen Ringdal

    At a time when most observers saw war in Europe as belonging to an ever more distant past, the wars of Yugoslav succession shattered this illusion. The direct and indirect consequences of these wars for people in the region are still not fully understood, but it is clear that the war has had far…

    Hardback – 2012-12-06

  • Posthuman Ethics

    Embodiment and Cultural Theory

    By Patricia MacCormack

    Posthuman theory asks in various ways what it means to be human in a time when philosophy has become suspicious of claims about human subjectivity. Those subjects who were historically considered aberrant, and our future lives becoming increasingly hybrid show we have always been and are…

    Hardback – 2012-11-28

  • Whiteness and Postcolonialism in the Nordic Region

    Exceptionalism, Migrant Others and National Identities

    Edited by Kristín Loftsdóttir, Lars Jensen

    This book examines the influence of imperialism and colonialism on the formation of national identities in the Nordic countries, exploring the manner in which contemporary discourses in Nordic society are rendered meaningful or obscured by references to past events and tropes related to the…

    Hardback – 2012-10-05
    Studies in Migration and Diaspora

  • Passion and Paranoia

    Emotions and the Culture of Emotion in Academia

    By Charlotte Bloch

    Analysing emotions and emotion-management in the academic organization, Passion and Paranoia shows how focusing on emotions in organizations can offer insights into important aspects and the dynamics of organizational processes. Drawing on rich interview material, this book demonstrates the…

    Hardback – 2012-10-03

  • Passing/Out

    Sexual Identity Veiled and Revealed

    By Kelby Harrison

    Edited by Dennis R. Cooley

    Passing/Out adopts an inter-generational, inter-disciplinary, and inter-subjective approach to the closeting and revelation of sexual identity, exploring questions of embodiment, ethics and identity in relation to 'passing' or being 'out'. Presenting the latest theoretical and empirical work from…

    Hardback – 2012-07-28

  • Individualisation at Work

    The Self between Freedom and Social Pathologies

    By Norbert Ebert

    Individualisation has become an ambiguous, but defining feature of late modern societies and while it is in part characterised by an increase in individual autonomy and a sense of liberation, individuals are equally required to negotiate a fragmented, pluralised and ambiguous social order by…

    Hardback – 2012-07-28

  • Doing Harder Time?

    The Experiences of an Ageing Male Prison Population in England and Wales

    By Natalie Mann

    In his seminal text Society of Captives, Gresham Sykes discusses the general pains of imprisonment to which all prisoners are subjected: the deprivation of liberty, the deprivation of heterosexual relationships, and the deprivation of autonomy. Sykes recognised that different prisoners…

    Hardback – 2012-04-28

  • Wittgenstein among the Sciences

    Wittgensteinian Investigations into the 'Scientific Method'

    By Rupert Read, Edited by Simon Summers

    Engaging with the question of the extent to which the so-called human, economic or social sciences are actually sciences, this book moves away from the search for a criterion or definition that will allow us to sharply distinguish the scientific from the non-scientific. Instead, the book favours…

    Hardback – 2012-04-28
    Philosophy and Method in the Social Sciences

  • The Television Entrepreneurs

    Social Change and Public Understanding of Business

    By Raymond Boyle, Lisa W. Kelly

    With business seemingly everywhere on television, from the risks of the retail and restaurant trade to pitching for investment or competing to become the next 'apprentice', The Television Entrepreneurs draws upon popular business-oriented shows such as The Apprentice and Dragons' Den to explore…

    Hardback – 2012-02-28