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Routledge Advances in Sociology


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This series examines the cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology, covering the latest theories and issues from around the world.

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The Criminal Spectre in Law, Literature and Aesthetics: Incriminating Subjects

The Criminal Spectre in Law, Literature and Aesthetics: Incriminating Subjects

1st Edition

Peter J. Hutchings
January 21, 2016

This book analyses the legal and aesthetic discourses that combine to shape the image of the criminal, and that image's contemporary endurance. The author traces the roots of contemporary ideas about criminality back to legal, philosophical and aesthetic concepts originating in the nineteenth...

Irish Insanity: 1800–2000

Irish Insanity: 1800–2000

1st Edition

Damien Brennan
December 09, 2015

The national public asylum system in Ireland was established during the early nineteenth century and continued to operate up to the close of the twentieth century. These asylums / mental hospitals were a significant physical and social feature of Irish communities. They were used intensively and...

The Social after Gabriel Tarde: Debates and Assessments

The Social after Gabriel Tarde: Debates and Assessments

2nd Edition

Matei Candea
December 08, 2015

Gabriel Tarde was a highly influential figure in 19th century French sociology: a prolific and evocative writer whose understanding of the social differed radically from that of his younger opponent Emile Durkheim. Whereas Durkheimian sociology went on to become the core of the social scientific...

Revisiting Institutionalism in Sociology: Putting the “Institution” Back in Institutional Analysis

Revisiting Institutionalism in Sociology: Putting the “Institution” Back in Institutional Analysis

1st Edition

Seth Abrutyn
December 07, 2015

There may not be a concept so central to sociology, yet so vaguely defined in its contemporary usages, than institution. In Revisiting Institutionalism in Sociology, Abrutyn takes an in-depth look at what institutions are by returning to some of the insights of classical theorists like Max Weber...

Medicine, Risk, Discourse and Power

Medicine, Risk, Discourse and Power

1st Edition

John Martyn Chamberlain
November 24, 2015

This book critically explores from a comparative international perspective the role medicine plays in constructing and managing natural and social risks, including those belonging to modern medical technology and expertise. Drawing together chapters written by professional practitioners and social...

Retail and the Artifice of Social Change

Retail and the Artifice of Social Change

1st Edition

Steven Miles
November 24, 2015

In Retail and Social Change Steven Miles, presents a cross-disciplinary analysis of the evolution of retail and how in both its material and virtual guises it has come to reframe our relationship with the social world. Retail has become increasingly influential in homogenising the urban experience....

Addiction, Modernity, and the City: A Users’ Guide to Urban Space

Addiction, Modernity, and the City: A Users’ Guide to Urban Space

1st Edition

Christopher B.R. Smith
November 24, 2015

Examining the interdependent nature of substance, space, and subjectivity, this book constitutes an interdisciplinary analysis of the intoxication indigenous to what has been termed "our narcotic modernity." The first section – Drug/Culture – demonstrates how the body of the addict and the social...

Theorizing Social Memories: Concepts and Contexts

Theorizing Social Memories: Concepts and Contexts

1st Edition

Gerd Sebald, Jatin Wagle
November 16, 2015

Public debates over the last two decades about social memories, about how as societies we remember, make sense of, and even imagine and invent, our collective pasts suggest that grand narratives have been abandoned for numerous little stories that contest the unified visions of the past. But, while...

Beyond Capital: Values, Commons, Computing, and the Search for a Viable Future

Beyond Capital: Values, Commons, Computing, and the Search for a Viable Future

1st Edition

David Hakken, Maurizio Teli, Barbara Andrews
November 16, 2015

The financial/social cataclysm beginning in 2007 ended notions of a “great moderation” and the view that capitalism had overcome its systemic tendencies to crisis. The subsequent failure of contemporary social formations to address the causes of the crisis gives renewed impetus to better analysis...

Global Justice Activism and Policy Reform in Europe: Understanding When Change Happens

Global Justice Activism and Policy Reform in Europe: Understanding When Change Happens

1st Edition

Peter Utting, Mario Pianta, Anne Ellersiek
November 03, 2015

Civil society activism around issues of global justice has proliferated in Europe during the past two decades. Has such contestation and advocacy made a difference? This book examines whether and how the organizations, networks and campaigns involved have attained their policy objectives in the...

The Synchronization of National Policies: Ethnography of the Global Tribe of Moderns

The Synchronization of National Policies: Ethnography of the Global Tribe of Moderns

1st Edition

Pertti Alasuutari
October 27, 2015

The Synchronization of National Policies shows how it is possible that there is remarkable uniformity in the policies that the nation-states adopt, although there is no world government. Mainstream research attributes such global governance to the influence of leading countries, to functional...

Perspectives on Genetic Discrimination

Perspectives on Genetic Discrimination

1st Edition

Thomas Lemke
October 12, 2015

Over the past 15 years, a series of empirical studies in different countries have shown that our increasing genetic knowledge leads to new forms of exclusion, disadvantaging and stigmatization. The spectrum of this "genetic discrimination" ranges from disadvantages at work, via problems with...

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