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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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European Integration as an Elite Process: The Failure of a Dream?

European Integration as an Elite Process: The Failure of a Dream?

1st Edition

Max Haller
May 06, 2011

Max Haller's impressive book presents an analysis of the process of European integration which keeps the relation between elites and citizens at the forefront. It is shown on the basis of new empirical data (surveys, interviews, analyses of documents and biographies) that European...

Cosmopolitan Spaces: Europe, Globalization, Theory

Cosmopolitan Spaces: Europe, Globalization, Theory

1st Edition

Chris Rumford
May 05, 2011

Cosmopolitan Spaces: Europe, Globalization, Theory endeavors a highly innovative reading of both globalization theory and contemporary European transformations. Interpreting cosmopolitanism as a politics of space, Rumford positions his analysis at the intersection of two exciting...

Exploring the Networked Worlds of Popular Music: Milieux Cultures

Exploring the Networked Worlds of Popular Music: Milieux Cultures

1st Edition

Peter Webb
April 08, 2010

This book provides an `insider’ view of worlds of popular music. It shows the relationship between music, creativity, ideas and localities by looking at cities, independents, genre, globalization and musician’s relationships with each other. Webb examines groups of musicians, audiences and...

The Social after Gabriel Tarde: Debates and Assessments

The Social after Gabriel Tarde: Debates and Assessments

1st Edition

Matei Candea
February 15, 2010

The social sciences and humanities are now being swept by a Tardean revival, a rediscovery and reappraisal of the work of this truly unique thinker, for whom ‘everything is a society and every science a sociology’. Tarde is being brought forward as the misrecognised forerunner of a post-Durkheimian...

Rave Culture and Religion

Rave Culture and Religion

1st Edition

Graham St John
May 21, 2009

The collection provides insights on developments in post-traditional religiosity (especially 'New Age' and 'Neo-Paganism') through studies of rave's Gnostic narratives of ascensionism and re-enchantment, explorations of the embodied spirituality and millennialist predispositions of dance culture,...

Youth Cultures: Scenes, Subcultures and Tribes

Youth Cultures: Scenes, Subcultures and Tribes

1st Edition

Paul Hodkinson, Wolfgang Deicke
April 29, 2009

Youth Cultures offers a comprehensive outline of youth cultural studies in the twenty-first century, with reference to a range of new research case studies. Featuring both well known and emerging scholars from the UK, the US and mainland Europe, the book addresses core theoretical and...

The Obituary as Collective Memory

The Obituary as Collective Memory

1st Edition

Bridget Fowler
April 29, 2009

The first serious academic study of obituaries, this book focuses on how societies remember. Bridget Fowler makes great use of the theories of Pierre Bordieu, arguing that obituaries are one important component in society's collective memory. This book, the first of its kind, will find a place...

Weber and the Persistence of Religion: Social Theory, Capitalism and the Sublime

Weber and the Persistence of Religion: Social Theory, Capitalism and the Sublime

1st Edition

Joseph W. H. Lough
March 13, 2009

There is an increasing interest in religion and belief and the diverse forms these take in the contemporary world. This timely book provides a unique analysis of these issues through a discussion of the work of Marx and Weber. Taking Max Weber’s interpretations of capitalism and religion as its...

Social Isolation in Modern Society

Social Isolation in Modern Society

1st Edition

Roelof Hortulanus, Anja Machielse, Ludwien Meeuwesen
March 06, 2009

Social isolation has serious repercussions for people and communities across the globe, yet knowledge about this phenomenon has remained rather limited – until now. The first multidisciplinary study to explore this issue, Social Isolation in Modern Society integrates relevant research traditions...

Agricultural Governance: Globalization and the New Politics of Regulation

Agricultural Governance: Globalization and the New Politics of Regulation

1st Edition

Vaughan Higgins, Geoffrey Lawrence
March 06, 2009

Food security and sustainability are arguably the most important issues facing the agri-food sector at the beginning of a new millennium. In an era of globalization, where nation states appear to have a diminishing role in governing these matters, the existing and emerging power relations...

A General Theory of Emotions and Social Life

A General Theory of Emotions and Social Life

1st Edition

Warren D. TenHouten
November 04, 2008

Founded upon the psychoevolutionary theories of Darwin, Plutchik and Izard, a general socioevolutionary theory of the emotions - affect-spectrum theory - classifies a wide spectrum of the emotions and analyzes them on the sociological, psychological and neurobiological levels. This neurocognitive...

Jewish Eating and Identity Through the Ages

Jewish Eating and Identity Through the Ages

1st Edition

David C Kraemer
October 28, 2008

This book explores the history of Jewish eating and Jewish identity, from the Bible to the present. The lessons of this book rest squarely on the much-quoted insight: 'you are what you eat.' But this book goes beyond that simple truism to recognise that you are not only what you eat, but also how,...

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