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New Approaches in Sociology: Studies in Social Inequality, Social Change, and Social Justice


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Queer Inclusion in the United Methodist Church

Queer Inclusion in the United Methodist Church

1st Edition

Amanda Udis-Kessler
September 03, 2015

The United Methodist Church has been in conflict over lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender inclusion issues since 1972. That year, in response to the gay liberation and gay rights movements, wording was added to the UMC Book of Discipline (the compilation of denominational policies and doctrines)...

Judicial Reform and Reorganization in 20th Century Iran: State-Building, Modernization and Islamicization

Judicial Reform and Reorganization in 20th Century Iran: State-Building, Modernization and Islamicization

1st Edition

Majid Mohammadi
September 11, 2014

Iran is now at the center of political and social developments in the Middle East. This book examines the reform of the judicial system in 20th century Iran and is the first to relate state-building process with rule of law promotion and judicial reform in the region. This subject occupies the...

No Place Like Home: Organizing Home-Based Labor in the Era of Structural Adjustment

No Place Like Home: Organizing Home-Based Labor in the Era of Structural Adjustment

1st Edition

David Staples
October 23, 2013

No Place Like Home examines the emergence of home-based women workers as paradigmatic figures of contemporary capitalism, neoliberal governmentality, and socio-political contestation. Far from an isolated or contingent situation, home-based work constitutes today an enormous arena of 'invisible'...

The Struggle Over Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Rights: Facing off in Cincinnati

The Struggle Over Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Rights: Facing off in Cincinnati

1st Edition

Kimberly B. Dugan
May 01, 2013

In November 1993 voters in Cincinnati, Ohio passed Issue 3, an amendment to the City Charter eliminating gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons' legal protection against discrimination and prohibiting their recognition as a group or class. This Christian right initiative emerged largely in response to...

Domestic Democracy: At Home in South Africa

Domestic Democracy: At Home in South Africa

1st Edition

Jennifer Fish
May 01, 2013

First published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Parenting for the State: An Ethnographic Analysis of Non-Profit Foster Care

Parenting for the State: An Ethnographic Analysis of Non-Profit Foster Care

1st Edition

Teresa Toguchi Swartz
May 01, 2013

Through careful ethnography and rich in-depth interviews at a non-profit foster family agency, this book takes a look behind the scenes of our troubled foster care system....

Unequal Partnerships: Beyond the Rhetoric of Philanthropic Collaboration

Unequal Partnerships: Beyond the Rhetoric of Philanthropic Collaboration

1st Edition

Ira Silver
May 01, 2013

Through an examination of the Chicago Initiative, Silver analyzes how elite philanthropists exercise social control over community organizations that do work in poor neighborhoods....

Negotiating Decolonization in the United Nations: Politics of Space, Identity, and International Community

Negotiating Decolonization in the United Nations: Politics of Space, Identity, and International Community

1st Edition

Vrushali Patil
March 21, 2013

Combining discourse and comparative historical methods of analysis, this book explores how colonialists and anti-colonialists renegotiated transnational power relationships within the debates on decolonization in the United Nations from 1946-1960. Shrewdly bringing together Sociology, Women’s...

The Social Organization of Policy: An Institutional Ethnography of UN Forest Deliberations

The Social Organization of Policy: An Institutional Ethnography of UN Forest Deliberations

1st Edition

Lauren E. Eastwood
March 21, 2013

This book provides a specific case study--based upon direct research with UN processes--which enables the reader to situate larger theoretical arguments regarding civil society, globalization, and sustainable development within the context of the actual activities of practitioners working within...

Striving and Surviving: A Daily Life Analysis of Honduran Transnational Families

Striving and Surviving: A Daily Life Analysis of Honduran Transnational Families

1st Edition

Leah Schmalzbauer
January 11, 2013

Drawing on data the author gathered in Honduras and the United States from weekly time diaries, in-depth interviews, participant observation and interpretive focus groups, she looks specifically at the experience and prospects of transmigrant labor in the United States; the aspirations and...

Minority within a Minority: Black Francophone Immigrants and the Dynamics of Power and Resistance

Minority within a Minority: Black Francophone Immigrants and the Dynamics of Power and Resistance

1st Edition

Amal Ibrahim Madibbo
November 14, 2012

This book examines the institutional racism and language discrimination that Black Francophones – who constitute a racial minority situated within a linguistic minority – face and identifies the strategies of resistance Black Francophones invent to gain access to power structures....

The Everyday Lives of Sex Workers in the Netherlands

The Everyday Lives of Sex Workers in the Netherlands

1st Edition

Katherine Gregory
September 10, 2012

This ethnographic account details the experiences of migrant and transgendered streetwalkers, and window prostitutes in The Netherlands. Through the in-depth interviews and observations, the author explores the meaning sex-workers give to their work and personal lives....

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