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The Portable Community: Place and Displacement in Bluegrass Festival Life

The Portable Community: Place and Displacement in Bluegrass Festival Life

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Robert Owen Gardner
March 10, 2020

This book explores the various ways in which individuals use music and culture to understand and respond to changes in their natural and built environments. Drawing on over fifteen years of ethnographic fieldwork, interviews and participant observation, the author develops the thesis that the...

The Terminal Self: Everyday Life in Hypermodern Times

The Terminal Self: Everyday Life in Hypermodern Times

1st Edition

Simon Gottschalk
September 11, 2019

Living at the dawn of a digital twenty-first century, people living in Western societies spend an increasing amount of time interacting with a terminal and interacting with others at the terminal. Because the self emerges out of interaction with others (humans and non-humans), this increasingly...

‘Doing’ Coercion in Male Custodial Settings: An Ethnography of Italian Prison Officers Using Force

‘Doing’ Coercion in Male Custodial Settings: An Ethnography of Italian Prison Officers Using Force

1st Edition

Luigi Gariglio
January 17, 2019

This book offers a sustained study of one feature of the prison officer’s job: the threat and use of force, which the author calls ‘doing’ coercion. Adopting an interactionist, micro-sociological perspective, the author presents new research based on almost two years of participant...

The Politics of Sorrow: Families, Victims, and the Micro-Organization of Youth Homicide

The Politics of Sorrow: Families, Victims, and the Micro-Organization of Youth Homicide

1st Edition

Daniel D. Martin
November 17, 2016

Drawing on several years of research with grief support organizations and the families and friends of murdered children, this book examines the emotional experience of families in the aftermath of a homicide. It examines the politics of sorrow, offering a comparative analysis of White and...

Microsociological Perspectives for Environmental Sociology

Microsociological Perspectives for Environmental Sociology

1st Edition

Bradley H. Brewster, Antony J. Puddephatt
November 04, 2016

Environmental sociology tends to be dominated by macrosociological theories, to the point that microsociological perspectives have been neglected and ignored. This collection of original work is the first book dedicated to demonstrating the utility of microsociological perspectives for...

Challenging Myths of Masculinity: Understanding Physical Cultures

Challenging Myths of Masculinity: Understanding Physical Cultures

1st Edition

Lee F. Monaghan, Michael Atkinson
October 11, 2016

Many myths surround male bodies and associated bodywork, especially when such bodywork is labelled culturally or socially atypical or 'problematic'. Bodybuilding, for example, has been explained in terms of gender inadequacy and an 'Adonis complex' akin to reverse anorexia, while men electing to...

Gendered Bodies and Leisure: The practice and performance of American belly dance

Gendered Bodies and Leisure: The practice and performance of American belly dance

1st Edition

Rachel Kraus
July 25, 2016

With its roots in Middle Eastern and North African dance, belly dance is a popular leisure activity in the West with women (and some men) of all ages and body types pursing the activity for diverse reasons. Drawing on empirical research, fieldwork, and interviews with participants, this book...

The Drama of Social Life: A Dramaturgical Handbook

The Drama of Social Life: A Dramaturgical Handbook

1st Edition

Charles Edgley
August 23, 2013

Whatever else they may be doing, human beings are also and always expressing themselves whenever they are in the awareness of others. As such, the metaphor of life as theater - of people playing roles to audiences who review them and then coordinate further action - is an ancient idea that has...

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