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The Appeal of Art in Modernity

The Appeal of Art in Modernity

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Michael Symonds
December 20, 2019

This book explores the place of art in the modern world, but instead of asking what art is, it begins with the question of art’s appeal in modernity. Why is the appellation ‘art’ so desired for movies, food and fashion, for example? Why is there the assumption of esteem when someone calls...

Entanglements of Modernity, Colonialism and Genocide: Burundi and Rwanda in Historical-Sociological Perspective

Entanglements of Modernity, Colonialism and Genocide: Burundi and Rwanda in Historical-Sociological Perspective

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Jack Palmer
December 19, 2019

This book offers a novel sociological examination of the historical trajectories of Burundi and Rwanda. It challenges both the Eurocentric assumptions which have underpinned many sociological theorisations of modernity, and the notion that the processes of modernisation move gradually, if...

The Iron Cage Revisited: Max Weber in the Neoliberal Era

The Iron Cage Revisited: Max Weber in the Neoliberal Era

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R. Bruce Douglass
December 19, 2019

At the start of the twentieth century, when Germany, among other nations, was undergoing industrialization, Max Weber famously characterized modern life in words that have often been translated as "iron cage." During the industrial era, that image caught on and was often used by scholars to express...

(Inter)Facing Death: Life in Global Uncertainty

(Inter)Facing Death: Life in Global Uncertainty

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Sam Han
November 05, 2019

In modern times, death is understood to have undergone a transformation not unlike religion. Whereas in the past it was out in the open, it now resides mostly in specialized spaces of sequestration—funeral homes, hospitals and other medical facilities. A mainstay in so-called traditional societies...

Depressive Love: A Social Pathology

Depressive Love: A Social Pathology

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Emma Engdahl
September 11, 2019

Love and depression are key elements in the cultural script of emotions or affectual life within contemporary Western society, and the two have become intertwined to such an extent that it is informative to talk about depressive love. Indeed, the most common source of depression is intimate...

We Count, We Matter: Voice, Choice and the Death of Distance

We Count, We Matter: Voice, Choice and the Death of Distance

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Christopher Steed
September 11, 2019

This book examines the meaning of Brexit, the election of Trump and the rising tide of populist revolt on the right amidst the collapse of the left. Exploring the reaction against the establishment or ‘the system’, the author contends that we are witnessing a new divide between those who wish to...

Writing the Body Politic: A John O’Neill Reader

Writing the Body Politic: A John O’Neill Reader

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Mark Featherstone, Thomas Kemple
August 08, 2019

This book brings together key essays from the career of social theorist John O’Neill, including his uncollected later writings, focusing on embodiment to explore the different ways in which the body trope informs visions of familial, economic, personal, and communal life. Beginning with an...

Emotions through Literature: Fictional Narratives, Society and the Emotional Self

Emotions through Literature: Fictional Narratives, Society and the Emotional Self

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Mariano Longo
July 26, 2019

Engaging with the wide sociological literature on emotions, this book explores the social representation of emotions, their management and their effects by making reference to creative sources. With a specific focus on literary narrative, including the works of figures such as Dante, Austen,...

The Unmasking Style in Social Theory

The Unmasking Style in Social Theory

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Peter Baehr
May 13, 2019

This book examines the nature of unmasking in social theory, in revolutionary movements and in popular culture. Unmasking is not the same as scientific refutation or principled disagreement. When people unmask, they claim to rip off a disguise, revealing the true beneath the feigned. The author...

The New Narcissus in the Age of Reality Television

The New Narcissus in the Age of Reality Television

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Megan Collins
April 15, 2019

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....

Critical and Cultural Interactionism: Insights from Sociology and Criminology

Critical and Cultural Interactionism: Insights from Sociology and Criminology

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Michael Hviid Jacobsen
March 21, 2019

One of the longest standing traditions in sociology, interactionism is concerned with studying human interaction and showing how society to a large part is constituted by patterns of interaction. In spite of the work of figures such as Robert E. Park, Everett C. Hughes, Erving Goffman, Herbert...

Morality Made Visible: Edward Westermarck’s Moral and Social Theory

Morality Made Visible: Edward Westermarck’s Moral and Social Theory

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Otto Pipatti
March 12, 2019

While highly respected among evolutionary scholars, the sociologist, anthropologist and philosopher Edward Westermarck is now largely forgotten in the social sciences. This book is the first full study of his moral and social theory, focusing on the key elements of his theory of moral emotions as...

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