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Secularization

Secularization

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Charles Turner
October 25, 2019

‘Secularization’ sounds simple, a decline in the power of religion. Yet, the history of the term is controversial and multi-faceted; it has been useful to both religious believers and non-believers and has been deployed by scholars to make sense of a variety of aspects of cultural and social change...

The Stranger

The Stranger

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Shaun Best
June 21, 2019

This book explores the concept of the stranger as a ‘modern’ social form, identifying the differing conceptions of strangerhood presented in the literature since the publication of Georg Simmel’s influential essay ‘The Stranger’, questioning the assumptions around what it means to be regarded as ‘...

Welfare Conditionality

Welfare Conditionality

1st Edition

Beth Watts, Suzanne Fitzpatrick
May 14, 2018

Welfare conditionality has become an idea of global significance in recent years. A ‘hot topic’ in North America, Australia, and across Europe, it has been linked to austerity politics, and the rise of foodbanks and destitution. In the Global South, where publicly funded welfare protection systems...

Community: 3rd edition

Community: 3rd edition

3rd Edition

Gerard Delanty
March 29, 2018

The increasing atomization of modern society has been accompanied by an enduring nostalgia for the idea of community as a source of security and belonging in an increasingly insecure world. Far from disappearing, community has been revived by transnationalism and by new kinds of individualism....

Sustainability

Sustainability

1st Edition

Thomas Pfister, Martin Schweighofer, André Reichel
February 12, 2018

Sustainability as a reference frame for dealing with the interconnection of environmental, economic and social issues on a global scale is not only characterized by complex problems and long-term strategies but also by differences and disagreements with regard to its meanings and how they should be...

Populism: An Introduction

Populism: An Introduction

1st Edition

Manuel Anselmi
August 22, 2017

Populism: An Introduction is the first introduction to the theme of populism. It will introduce the principal theories, definitions, models and contemporary debates. A number of global case studies will be used to illustrate the concept: • Russian populism; • Latin American populism; • Italian...

Patriarchy

Patriarchy

1st Edition

Pavla Miller
June 05, 2017

Patriarchy, particularly as embedded in the Old and New Testaments, and Roman legal precepts, has been a powerful organising concept with which social order has been understood, maintained, enforced, contested, adjudicated and dreamt about for over two millennia of western history. This brief book...

Social Capital

Social Capital

3rd Edition

John Field
October 21, 2016

The term ‘social capital’ is a way of defining the intangible resources of community, shared values and trust upon which we draw in daily life. It has achieved considerable international currency across the social sciences through the very different work of Pierre Bourdieu in France and James...

Knowledge: Is Knowledge Power?

Knowledge: Is Knowledge Power?

2nd Edition

Marian Adolf, Nico Stehr
September 19, 2016

As we move through our modern world, the phenomenon we call knowledge is always involved. Whether we talk of know-how, technology, innovation, politics or education, it is the concept of knowledge that ties them all together. But despite its ubiquity as a modern trope we seldom encounter knowledge...

Sexuality

Sexuality

4th Edition

Jeffrey Weeks
September 15, 2016

The new edition of Sexuality displays the qualities which have made this book a key text for understanding human sexuality. Jeffrey Weeks blends deep empirical knowledge with theoretical sophistication and a sensitivity to the politics of sexuality. Framing and shaping the analysis is an acute...

Renewable Energies

Renewable Energies

1st Edition

Matthias Gross, Rüdiger Mautz
October 12, 2015

Renewable Energy normally refers to usable energy sources that are an alternative to fuel sources, but without the negatively evaluated consequences of the replaced fuels. Although energy issues have a long tradition in sociology and other social sciences, it may now be high time to conceptualize...

Experts: The Knowledge and Power of Expertise

Experts: The Knowledge and Power of Expertise

1st Edition

Nico Stehr, Reiner Grundmann
April 27, 2015

In this book, Stehr and Grundmann outline the theoretical significance and practical importance of the growing stratum of experts, counsellors and advisors in contemporary society, and claim that the growing spectrum of knowledge-based occupations has led to the pluralisation of expertise. As...

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