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Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

Series Editor: Valerie Jenness, Jodi Obrien, Doug Hartmann

This innovative series is for all readers interested in books that provide frameworks for making sense of the complexities of contemporary social life. Each of the books in this series uses a sociological lens to provide current critical and analytical perspectives on significant social issues, patterns and trends. The series consists of books that integrate the best ideas in sociological thought with an aim toward public education and engagement. These books are designed for use in the classroom as well as for scholars and socially curious general readers.

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  1. Social Statistics

    Managing Data, Conducting Analyses, Presenting Results, 2nd Edition

    By Thomas J. Linneman

    Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

    Many fundamentally important decisions about our social life are a function of how well we understand and analyze DATA. This sounds so obvious but it is so misunderstood. Social statisticians struggle with this problem in their teaching constantly. This book and its approach is the ally and support...

    Published February 23rd 2014 by Routledge

  2. Understanding Deviance

    Connecting Classical and Contemporary Perspectives

    By Tammy L. Anderson

    Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

    In this collection of 48 reprinted and completely original articles, Tammy Anderson gives her fellow instructors of undergraduate deviance a refreshing way to energize and revitalize their courses. [36 are reprints; 12 are original to this text/anthology] First, in 12 separate sections, she...

    Published January 27th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Life and Death Decisions

    The Quest for Morality and Justice in Human Societies

    By Sheldon Ekland-Olson

    Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

    Issues of Life and Death such as abortion, assisted suicide, capital punishment and others are among the most contentious in many societies. Whose rights are protected? How do these rights and protections change over time and who makes those decisions? Based on the author’s award-winning and hugely...

    Published December 9th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Religion in Today’s World

    Global Issues, Sociological Perspectives

    By Melissa M. Wilcox

    Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

    Religion is a major force in contemporary society. It is also one of the least understood social and political influences on individuals and communities. In this innovative collection of original essays and classic readings, experts explore the significance of contemporary religiosity: as a source...

    Published November 20th 2012 by Routledge

  5. Surviving Dictatorship

    A Work of Visual Sociology

    By Jacqueline Adams

    Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

    Written as a book for undergraduate students as well as scholars, Surviving Dictatorship is a work of visual sociology and oral history, and a case study that communicates the lived experience of poverty, repression, and resistance in an authoritarian society: Pinochet’s Chile. It focuses on...

    Published March 6th 2012 by Routledge

  6. Social Theory Re-Wired

    New Connections to Classical and Contemporary Perspectives

    By Wesley Longhofer, Daniel Winchester

    Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

    This social theory text combines the structure of a print reader with the flexibility of an interactive website. The reader includes original texts from classical and contemporary theorists as well as short synopses of key ideas and brief biographies of each theorist. The website will contain a...

    Published January 18th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides?

    Abortion, Neonatal Care, Assisted Dying, and Capital Punishment

    By Sheldon Ekland-Olson

    Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

    Issues of Life and Death such as abortion, assisted suicide, capital punishment and others are among the most contentious in many societies. Whose rights are protected? How do these rights and protections change over time and who makes those decisions? Based on the author’s award-winning and hugely...

    Published October 18th 2011 by Routledge

  8. The Senses in Self, Society, and Culture

    A Sociology of the Senses

    By Phillip Vannini, Dennis Waskul, Simon Gottschalk

    Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

    The Senses in Self, Society, and Culture is the definitive guide to the sociological and anthropological study of the senses. Vannini, Waskul, and Gottschalk provide a comprehensive map of the social and cultural significance of the senses that is woven in a thorough analytical review of classical,...

    Published August 7th 2011 by Routledge

  9. Transforming Scholarship

    Why Women's and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and the World

    By Michele Tracy Berger, Cheryl Radeloff

    Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

    Transforming Scholarship is a user-friendly work of practical guidance and inspiration for supporting a student's interest in a Women's Studies degree. It focuses on three of the major barriers students face when exploring Women's Studies: a lack of awareness that Women's Studies...

    Published February 9th 2011 by Routledge

  10. Stargazing

    Celebrity, Fame, and Social Interaction

    By Kerry O. Ferris, Scott R. Harris

    Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

    The sociology of fame and celebrity is at the cutting edge of current scholarship in a number of different areas of study. Stargazing highlights the interactional dynamics of celebrity and fame in contemporary society, including the thoughts and feelings of stars on the red carpet, the thrills and...

    Published December 19th 2010 by Routledge