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  1. Introduction to Gender

    Social Science Perspectives, 2nd Edition
    By Jennifer Marchbank and Gayle Letherby

    Thoroughly updated in this second edition, Introduction to Gender offers an interdisciplinary approach to the main themes and debates in gender studies. This comprehensive and contemporary text explores the idea of gender from the perspectives of history, sociology, social policy, anthropology... Read more...

  2. Welfare and the Welfare State

    Present and Future
    By Bent Greve

    The welfare state plays a key role in people’s everyday lives in developed societies. At the same time, the welfare state is contested and there are constant discussions on how and to what degree the state should intervene, influence and have an impact on the development of society... Read more...

  3. Social Problems: A Human Rights Perspective

    By Eric Bonds

    This short book lays out a new definition for what constitutes a social problem: the violation of a group’s human rights, which are understood as commonly upheld standards about what people deserve and should be protected from in life... Read more...

  4. Social Sciences: The Big Issues (3rd Edition)

    By Kath Woodward

    The social sciences are about people and the relationships between individuals and the social and material world we live in. They are about the social structures which shape – and are shaped by – social forces such as ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality and age and the bodies we inhabit. How are these relationships changing and to what extent and how can people influence change... Read more...

  5. Celebrity Culture

    Second Edition
    By Ellis Cashmore

    This fully-updated and rewritten second edition investigates issues in celebrity culture from the paparazzi to politics, from voyeurism to self-perfection. Cashmore presents engaging case studies to analyze how social media has changed the nature of celebrity culture, and explore how we consume celebrity in today’s society... Read more...

  6. Consuming Race

    By Ben Pitcher

    This book explores how the meanings of race are made and remade in acts of creative consumption. Ranging across the terrain of popular culture, and finding race in some unusual and unexpected places, it offers fresh and innovative ways of thinking about the centrality of race to our lives... Read more...


     

  7. Environmental Sociology

    3rd Edition
    By John Hannigan

    The third edition of John Hannigan’s classic undergraduate text has been fully updated and revised to highlight contemporary trends and controversies within global environmental sociology. Environmental Sociology offers a distinctive, balanced treatment of environmental issues, reconciling Hannigan’s much-cited model of the social construction of environmental problems... Read more...

  8. Theories of the Information Society

    4th Edition
    By Frank Webster

    Information is regarded as a distinguishing feature of our world. Where once economies were built on industry and conquest, we are now part of a global information economy. Pervasive media, expanding information occupations and the development of the internet convince many that living in an Information Society is the destiny of us all... Read more...

  9. Sociology Looks at the Arts

    By Julia Rothenberg

    Sociology Looks at the Arts is intended as a concise yet nuanced introduction to the sociology of art. This book will provide a foundation for teaching and discussing a range of questions and perspectives used by sociologists who study the relationship between the arts – including music, performing arts, visual arts, literature, film and new media – and society... Read more...

  10. Fashion Theory

    An Introduction
    By Malcolm Barnard

    Fashion Theory explains some of the most influential and important theories on fashion: it brings to light the presuppositions involved in the things we think and say about fashion every day and shows how they depend on those theories. This clear, accessible introduction contextualises and critiques the ways in which a wide range of disciplines have used different theoretical approaches to... Read more...

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