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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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11-20 of 24 results in Contemporary Sociological Perspectives
  1. 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 19th 2012 by Routledge

  2. 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 19th 2011 by Routledge

  3. 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 8th 2011 by Routledge

  4. 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 20th 2010 by Routledge

  5. Sociologists Backstage

    Answers to 10 Questions About What They Do

    By Sarah Fenstermaker, Nikki Jones

    Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

    Published social science rarely gives real attention to the actual doing of research, making the process appear magical, or at least self-evident and simple. This book is intended to right the balance by illuminating the craft and the choices made as the research process unfolds for the sociologist...

    Published November 8th 2010 by Routledge

  6. Surviving the Holocaust

    A Life Course Perspective

    By Ronald Berger

    Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

    Surviving the Holocaust is a compelling sociological account of two brothers who survived the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Poland. One brother, the author’s father, endured several concentration camps, including the infamous camp at Auschwitz, as well as a horrific winter death march; while the...

    Published July 6th 2010 by Routledge

  7. Gender Circuits

    Bodies and Identities in a Technological Age

    By Eve Shapiro

    Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

    Gender Circuits explores the impact of new technologies on the gendered lives of individuals through substantive sociological analysis and in-depth case studies. Examining the complex intersections between gender ideologies, social scripts, information and biomedical technologies, and embodied...

    Published February 9th 2010 by Routledge

  8. The Internet and Social Inequalities

    By James C. Witte, Susan E. Mannon

    Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

    Ideal for use as a core or secondary text in lower division social inequalities or social problems courses, this book explains how the changing nature and uses of the Internet not only mirror today’s social inequalities, but also are at the heart of how stratification is now taking place. A...

    Published December 21st 2009 by Routledge

  9. The State of Sex

    Tourism, Sex and Sin in the New American Heartland

    By Barbara G. Brents, Crystal A. Jackson, Kathryn Hausbeck

    Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

    The State of Sex is a study of Nevada’s brothels that situates the nation's only legal brothel industry in the political economy of contemporary tourism. Nevada is part of the "new American heartland," as its pastimes, people, and politics have become more central to the nation. The rise of a...

    Published December 15th 2009 by Routledge

  10. Watching TV Is Not Required

    Thinking About Media and Thinking About Thinking

    By Bernard McGrane, John Gunderson

    Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

    This book uses a social world–today's undergraduate students' ubiquitous everyday experience of television–as a vehicle for helping awaken students to the true possibilities for learning and their responsibilities inherent in achieving those goals. The book also introduces students to the social...

    Published October 21st 2009 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Sociological Perspectives on Sport: The Games Outside the Games
    Edited by David Karen, Robert E. Washington
    To Be Published February 27th 2015
  2. Social Worlds of Imagination
    By Chandra Mukerji
    To Be Published January 2nd 2016
  3. Social Theory Re-Wired: New Connections to Classical and Contemporary Perspectives, 2nd Edition
    By Wesley Longhofer, Daniel Winchester
    To Be Published January 15th 2016

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