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Blind to Sameness: Sexpectations and the Social Construction of Male and Female Bodies
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Blind to Sameness: Sexpectations and the Social Construction of Male and Female Bodies

Asia Friedman

What is the role of the senses in how we understand the world? Drawing on more than sixty interviews with two decidedly different populations - the blind and the transgendered, this title answers provocative questions about the...

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Partners: Love is a Law Unto Itself
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Partners: Love is a Law Unto Itself

Harrison Young

Ten highly intelligent, erotically charged linked short stories set in a top New York law firm, Partners explores the intrigue, sexual politics, romance and misbehaviour that absorb alpha male and alpha female practitioners as...

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Contemporary China: Society and Social Change
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Contemporary China: Society and Social Change

Tamara Jacka, Andrew B. Kipnis, Sally Sargeson

Introduces readers to key sociological perspectives about modern Chinese society and social change.

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I met lucky people: The Story of the Romani Gypsies
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I met lucky people: The Story of the Romani Gypsies

Yaron Matras

In the Middle Ages, it was believed they had come out of Egypt. And yet their language shares a number of words with Greek, and has its roots in India. So who are the Romani people, really? In this book, the author gives us a...

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A Brief History of Death
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A Brief History of Death

W. M. Spellman

From prehistory to the present, this book examines the western traditions and rituals associated with death, dying and the afterlife.

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Melanesia: Art and Encounter
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Melanesia: Art and Encounter

Ben Burt, Elizabeth Bonshek, Julie Adams, Lissant Bolton

The British Museums uniquely important Melanesian collection is pre-eminent among early collections, and the 20,000 items it comprises are core to understanding the cultures of the western Pacific.

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Baby Knows Best: Raising a Confident and Resourceful Child, the RIE Way
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Baby Knows Best: Raising a Confident and Resourceful Child, the RIE Way

Deborah Carlisle Solomon

Raise self-confident, self-reliant children using the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Approach. Your baby knows more than you think. That's the heart of the principles and teachings of Magda Gerber, founder of RIE (Resources...

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Ten Billion
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Ten Billion

Stephen Emmott

A book about our failure: failure as individuals, the failure of business, and the failure of our politicians. It is about an unprecedented planetary emergency. It's about the future of us.

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Wine and Culture: Vineyard to Glass
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Wine and Culture: Vineyard to Glass

Rachel E. Black, Robert C. Ulin

This path-breaking collection by leading scholars explores the cultural, social and historical issues which inform the production and consumption of wine. This book is unique in covering the latest ethnography, theoretical and...

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What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire
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What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire

Daniel Bergner

Are women perhaps the less monogamous sex? What effect do intimacy and emotional connection really have on lust? What is the role of narcissism - the desire to be desired - in female sexuality? Are political gains for women ('No...

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Archaeology and Anthropology: Past, Present and Future
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Archaeology and Anthropology: Past, Present and Future

David Shankland

Though archaeologists have long acknowledged the work of social anthropologists, anthropologists have been slower to repay the compliment. This volume argues for greater collaboration and highlights the insights archaeological...

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The Death Class: A True Story about Life
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The Death Class: A True Story about Life

Erika Hayasaki

Why does a college course on death have a three-year waiting list? When nurse Norma Bowe decided to teach a course on death at a college in New Jersey, she never expected it to be popular. But year after year students crowd into...

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The Social Thought of Karl Marx
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The Social Thought of Karl Marx

Justin P. Holt

Part of the SAGE Social Thinkers series, this is a concise introduction to the writings, life and influences of Karl Marx - one of the 'founding fathers' of sociology.

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The Story of Mankind
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The Story of Mankind

Hendrik Willem Van Loon, Robert Sullivan, John Merriman

The winner of the first John Newbery Medal, now updated by Robert Sullivan, remains a timeless classic for all ages.

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Does the Richness of the Few Benefit Us All?
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Does the Richness of the Few Benefit Us All?

Zygmunt Bauman

It is commonly assumed that the best way to help the poor out of their misery is to allow the rich to get richer, that if the rich pay less taxes then all the rest of us will be better off, and that in the final analysis the...

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Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against it
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Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against it

Jennifer Michael Hecht

Many thousands of people kill themselves every year, and many more are left behind to grieve. This book explains several puzzling aspects of attitudes toward suicide, including the strange fact that secular philosophy has long...

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An Age of Limits: Social Theory for the 21st Century
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An Age of Limits: Social Theory for the 21st Century

Ralph Schroeder

An Age of Limits outlines a new social theory for understanding contemporary society. Providing an analysis of why political, economic and cultural powers face constraints across the global North and beyond, this bold book argues...

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Infoglut: How Too Much Information is Changing the Way We Think and Know
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Infoglut: How Too Much Information is Changing the Way We Think and Know

Mark Andrejevic

Today, more mediated information is available to more people than at any other time in human history. New and revitalized sense-making strategies multiply in response to the challenges of cutting through the clutter of competing...

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 Read reviewThe Misogyny Factor
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The Misogyny Factor

Anne Summers

In 2012, Anne Summers gave two landmark speeches about women in Australia, attracting more than 120,000 visits to her website. Within weeks of their delivery Prime Minister Julia Gillards own speech about misogyny and sexism went...

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Time to Start Thinking: America and the Spectre of Decline
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Time to Start Thinking: America and the Spectre of Decline

Edward Luce

On its present course, the US faces a world of rising new countries that will compete with it ever more fiecely as its own power is declining. In order to slow and improve this steady leakage of power, the US must change course...

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Penguin Underground Lines Boxset
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Penguin Underground Lines Boxset

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Tube, this title brings together 12 books by writers ranging from John O'Farrell to John Lanchester.

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Consent of the Networked
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Consent of the Networked

Rebecca MacKinnon

The future of your freedom depends on whether you assert your rights within the digital spaces you inhabit. But, as corporations and countries square off on--and over--the internet, the likely losers are us.

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Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu
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Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu

David L. Swartz (University of Boston)

Power is the central organizing principle of all social life, from culture and education to stratification and taste. In this title, the author delves deeply into Bourdieu's work to show how central - but often overlooked - power...

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The Making of Men: Raising Boys to be Happy, Healthy and Successful
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The Making of Men: Raising Boys to be Happy, Healthy and Successful

Arne Rubinstein, Steve Biddulph

Do you ever worry about your teenage son and what will become of him? Do you want to see him happy, successful and excited about life? Are you alarmed about the influence of technology on his life? Do you wonder how the...

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The Art of Lying Down: A Guide to Horizontal Living
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The Art of Lying Down: A Guide to Horizontal Living

Bernd Brunner, Lori Lantz

Originally published in the German language as Die kunst des liegens: handbuch der horizontalen lebensform.

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The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City
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The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City

William B. Helmreich

Teaches university courses about New York. This title draws on insights to examine essential aspects of urban social life such as ethnicity, gentrification, and the use of space.

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The XX  Factor: How Working Women are Creating a New Society
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The XX Factor: How Working Women are Creating a New Society

Alison Wolf

The reality of female professional success in today's world - a challenge to long held assumptions about female achievement and sexual inequality. For most of history, being female defined limits of a woman's achievements. This...

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The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath
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The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath

Nicco Mele

Will the end of 'big' result in greater freedom, or social chaos? This is a vital forecast on the fundamental shift in power wrought by the Internet. Seemingly innocuous technologies are unsettling the balance of power by putting...

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Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City
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Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City

Constance Rosenblum

Offers a mosaic of domestic life in one of the world's most fascinating cities and a vivid portrait of the true meaning of home in the 21st-century metropolis

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The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman
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The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman

Davi Kopenawa, Research Bruce Albert (Research Institute for Development Paris and Sao Paulo), Translator Nicholas Elliott, Translator Alison Dundy

Captures the poetic voice of Davi Kopenawa, shaman and spokesman for the Yanomami of the Brazilian Amazon. This is a coming-of-age story, historical account, and shamanic philosophy, but most of all an impassioned plea to respect...

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Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the Twenty-First Century
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Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the Twenty-First Century

James Clifford

Explores the ways people recover and renew their roots. The author looks at native people who have become not victims but inventive agents of a tangled, open-ended modernity - their returns to the land, performances of heritage,...

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 Special priceReinventing Eden: The Fate of Nature in Western Culture
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Reinventing Eden: The Fate of Nature in Western Culture

Carolyn Merchant

Visionary quests to return to the Garden of Eden have shaped Western culture from Columbus' voyages to today's tropical island retreats. Few narratives are so powerful and, as Carolyn Merchant shows, so misguided and destructive...

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Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture
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Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture

Laurence Maslon, Michael Kantor

Companion volume to the PBS documentary series: Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle.

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Globalization: A Very Short Introduction
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Globalization: A Very Short Introduction

Manfred Steger

'Globalization' is one of the defining buzzwords of our time, describing a variety of accelerating economic, political, and cultural processes that constantly change our experience of the world. The third edition of this Very...

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The Outsourced Self: What Happens When We Pay Others to Live Our Lives for Us
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The Outsourced Self: What Happens When We Pay Others to Live Our Lives for Us

Arlie Russell Hochschild

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year From the famed author of the bestselling The Second Shift and The Time Bind, a pathbreaking look at the transformation of private life in our for-profit worldThe family has long been...

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22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World's Foremost Thinkers
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22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World’s Foremost Thinkers

Piotr Dutkiewicz, Richard Sakwa

A lasting chronicle of the state of the global community today.

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The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life
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The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life

Uri Gneezy, John A List, Steven D Levitt

Two superstars revolutionizing economics provide breakthrough ideas for taking on big problems.

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 Special priceAn American Bride in Kabul: A Memoir
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An American Bride in Kabul: A Memoir

Phyllis Chesler

In 1961 Phyllis Chesler, a Jewish-American girl embarked on an adventure to meet her westernized husband's family in Afghan. Back home he reverted to traditional customs and she found herself unexpectedly trapped. This dramatic...

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The Pleasure's All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex
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The Pleasure’s All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex

Julie Peakman

The Pleasure's All Mine explores the gamut of sexual activity that has been seen as strange, abnormal or deviant over the last 2,000 years. This first comprehensive history of sexual perversion examines an abundance of original...

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Our Stories are Our Survival
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Our Stories are Our Survival

Lawrence Bamblett

Our stories are our survival centres on the continuity of Wiradjuri culture. It is a celebration of storytelling and the joys of life within an Aboriginal Australian community. Our stories offers an alternative to the commonly...

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Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
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Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World

Shereen El-Feki

As political change sweeps the streets and squares, parliaments and presidential palaces of the Arab world, the author has been looking at upheaval a little closer to home - in the sexual lives of men and women in Egypt and across...

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Offshoring
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Offshoring

John Urry

The concealment of income, wealth and profits in tax havens has brought the topic of offshoring into public debate, but as John Urry shows in this important new book offshoring is a much more pervasive feature of contemporary...

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The Social Thought of Emile Durkheim
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The Social Thought of Emile Durkheim

Alexander T. Riley

A concise introduction to the writings, life, and influences of Emile Durkheim - one of the 'founding fathers' of sociology.

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Floating City: Hustlers, Strivers, Dealers, Call Girls and Other Lives in Illicit New York
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Floating City: Hustlers, Strivers, Dealers, Call Girls and Other Lives in Illicit New York

Sudhir Venkatesh

Explores New York from high to low, tracing the invisible threads that bind a handful of ambitious urban hustlers, from a Harvard-educated socialite running a high-end escort service to a Harlem crack dealer adapting to changing...

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Dispossession: The Performative in the Political
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Dispossession: The Performative in the Political

Judith Butler, Athena Athanasiou

Dispossession describes the condition of those who have lost land, citizenship, property, and a broader belonging to the world. This thought-provoking book seeks to elaborate our understanding of dispossession outside of the...

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Politics of Storytelling: Variations on a Theme by Hannah Arendt
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Politics of Storytelling: Variations on a Theme by Hannah Arendt

Michael Jackson

Hannah Arendt famously argued that politics are best understood as a power relationship between private and public realms. And storytelling, she argued, creates a vital bridge between these realms, a place where individual...

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Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Co-operation
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Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Co-operation

Richard Sennett

Living with people who differ - racially, ethnically, religiously or economically - is one of the most urgent challenges facing civil society. This book argues that co-operation needs more than good will: it is a craft that...

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Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c.2009 A.D.) in a Large City
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Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c.2009 A.D.) in a Large City

Choire Sicha

A voice from the future is piecing together a record of life in a massive city on the eastern coast of this country, and follows John, a sexually profligate reporter with a weekly newspaper, and his circle of friends as they...

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