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  • Emile Durkheim: Selected Writings by Emile Durkheim
    Emile Durkheim: Selected Writings (English, Paperback) Emile Durkheim

    This 1972 book is a collection of Durkheim's writings drawing upon the whole body of his work.

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  • Development as Freedom by Amartya Sen
    Development as Freedom (English, Paperback) Amartya Sen

    This title is a synthesis of the thought of economist Amartya Sen, who views economic development as a means to extending freedoms rather than an end in itself. By widening his outlook to include poverty, tyranny, lack of opportunity, individual rights, and political structures, Professor Sen provides a useful overview of the development process.

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  • Dark Ghettos by Tommie Shelby
    Dark Ghettos (English, Paperback) Tommie Shelby

    For Tommie Shelby, the persistence of ghettos raises many thorny questions of morality, and he offers practical answers framed in terms of what justice requires of government and its citizens. His social vision and political ethics calls for putting the abolition of ghettos at the center of reform.

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  • A New Philosophy of Society by Manuel DeLanda
    A New Philosophy of Society (English, Paperback) Manuel DeLanda

    Offers a look at how the contemporary world is characterized by an extraordinary social complexity. This book takes the reader on a journey that starts with personal relations and climbs up one scale at a time to territorial states and beyond.

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  • Blueprint for Revolution by Srdja Popovic
    Blueprint for Revolution (English, Paperback) Srdja Popovic, Matthew Miller

    Outlines the author's philosophy for implementing peaceful world change and provides a model for activists everywhere through stories of his own experience toppling dictatorships (peacefully) and of smaller examples of social change (like Occupy Wall Street or fighting for gay rights).

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  • Cruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant
    Cruel Optimism (English, Paperback) Lauren Berlant

    Ties together political economy and affect in a time of decreased expectations.

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  • Power by Steven Lukes
    Power (English, Paperback) Steven Lukes

    Power Revisited reconsiders Steven Lukes' own views in light of these debates and of criticisms of his original argument. With a new introduction and bibliographical essay, this book has consolidated its reputation as a classic work and a major reference point within Social and Political Theory.

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  • Social Reproduction Theory by Tithi Bhattacharya
    Social Reproduction Theory (English, Paperback) Tithi Bhattacharya

    How do childcare, healthcare, education, family life and the roles of gender, race and sexuality affect our lives under capitalism?

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  • Violence by Slavoj Zizek
    Violence (English, Paperback) Slavoj Zizek

    Argues that the physical violence we see is often generated by the systemic violence that sustains our political and economic systems. With the help of eminent philosophers and frequent references to popular culture, this title examines the causes of violent outbreaks like those seen in Israel and Palestine and in terrorist acts around the world.

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  • The Promise of Happiness by Sara Ahmed
    The Promise of Happiness (English, Paperback) Sara Ahmed

    This provocative cultural critique of the imperative to be happy draws on the work of feminist, black, and queer critics showing how happiness is used to justify social oppression.

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  • An Invitation to Social Construction by Kenneth J. Gergen
    An Invitation to Social Construction (English, Paperback) Kenneth J. Gergen

    This latest edition of Kenneth J Gergen's bestselling textbook is now even more accessible for students, offering a clear and thorough introduction to one of the most significant movements in contemporary social science. It will be adopted widely across psychology, sociology, business, education, counselling, social work, health and linguistics degrees.

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  • Modern Sociological Theory by George Ritzer
    Modern Sociological Theory (English, Paperback) George Ritzer, Jeffrey N. Stepnisky

    Now with SAGE Publishing, and co-authored by one of the foremost authorities on sociological theory, the Eighth Edition of Modern Sociological Theory by George Ritzer and Jeffrey Stepnisky provides a comprehensive overview of the major theorists and theoretical schools, from the Structural Functionalism of early 20th century through the cutting-edge theories of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The integration of key theories with biographical sketches of theorists and the requisite historical and intellectual context helps students to better understand the original works of contemporary thinkers. New to this Edition A new chapter focuses theories of race, racism, and colonialism, as well as theories about indigenous peoples and theories from the "Global South" that challenge the work of scholars from Europe and North America. New material on colonialization, classical women theorists, and race, as well as new timelines in history chapters. The chapter on Symbolic Interactionism now discusses work on the sociology of emotions. The concluding chapter now discusses affect theory and theories of prosumption, one of the newest developments in consumer theory. The chapter on Contemporary Theories of Modernity includes new section on the work of Charles Taylor. New perspectives on the work of Immanuel Wallerstein have been added to the chapter on Neo-Marxian theories. The opening historical sketch chapters now include a discussion of colonialism as one of the forces that shaped modern society; new material on the historical significance of early women founders; and a section on theories of race.

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  • Simone Weil: An Anthology by Simone Weil
    Simone Weil: An Anthology (English, Paperback) Simone Weil

    Simone Weil was one of the foremost thinkers of the twentieth century: a philosopher, theologian, critic, sociologist and political activist. This anthology spans the wide range of her thought, and includes an extract from her best-known work 'The Need for Roots', exploring the ways in which modern society fails the human soul; her thoughts on the misuse of language by those in power; and the...

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  • Antisocial Media by Siva Vaidhyanathan
    Antisocial Media (English, Hardback) Siva Vaidhyanathan

    Antisocial Media, is the path-breaking initial step toward understanding how social media is quickly undermining not only centuries of democratic progress, but civil society itself.

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  • Grand Hotel Abyss by Stuart Jeffries
    Grand Hotel Abyss (English, Paperback) Stuart Jeffries

    Who were the Frankfurt School?Benjamin, Adorno, Marcuse, Horkheimer?and why do they matter today?...

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  • World-Systems Analysis by Immanuel Wallerstein
    World-Systems Analysis (English, Paperback) Immanuel Wallerstein

    An introduction to world systems analysis by its creator.

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  • An Introduction to Criminological Theory by Roger Hopkins Burke
    An Introduction to Criminological Theory (English, Paperback) Roger Hopkins Burke

    "This book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to criminological theory for students taking courses in criminology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The text is divided into five parts, the first three addressing ideal type models of criminal behaviour the rational actor, predestined actor, and victimised actor models. The fourth part discusses integrated theories from...

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  • Introduction to Systems Theory by Niklas Luhmann
    Introduction to Systems Theory (English, Paperback) Niklas Luhmann

    Niklas Luhmann ranks as one of the most important sociologists and social theorists of the twentieth century. Through his many books he developed a highly original form of systems theory that has been hugely influential in a wide variety of disciplines.

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  • Liquid Surveillance by Zygmunt Bauman
    Liquid Surveillance (English, Paperback) Zygmunt Bauman, David Lyon

    Today the smallest details of our daily lives are tracked and traced more closely than ever before, and those who are monitored often cooperate willingly with the monitors. From London and New York to New Delhi, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro, video cameras are a familiar and accepted sight in public places.

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  • An Invitation to Social Theory by David Inglis
    An Invitation to Social Theory (English, Paperback) David Inglis, Christopher Thorpe

    Wide-ranging introduction to social theory that carefully avoids simplification of ideas whilst presenting theories in an accessible language for students. Inspired by the authors own teaching and dissatisfaction with current books on the market to provide accessible yet sophisticated guides to social theory.

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