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Presenting Data Effectively: Communicating Your Findings for Maximum Impact
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Presenting Data Effectively: Communicating Your Findings for Maximum Impact

Stephanie D. H. Evergreen

This book focuses on the best possible communication strategies for anyone working with data.

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Floodlights and Touchlines: A History of Spectator Sport
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Floodlights and Touchlines: A History of Spectator Sport

Rob Steen

The book covers the main themes, events and issues in the history of sport over the last 200 years. Written in an accessible style in short, themed chapters the book covers everything from bare-knuckle boxing to global mega-events...

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After Queer Theory: The Limits of Sexual Politics
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After Queer Theory: The Limits of Sexual Politics

James Penney

Makes the provocative claim that queer theory has run its course, made obsolete by the elaboration of its own logic within capitalism.

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What Use is Sociology?: Conversations with Michael Hviid Jacobsen and Keith Tester
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What Use is Sociology?: Conversations with Michael Hviid Jacobsen and Keith Tester

Zygmunt Bauman, Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Keith Tester

This book stands as a testimony to Bauman's belief in the enduring relevance of sociology. But it is also a call to us all to start questioning the world in which we live and to transform ourselves from being the victims of...

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The Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption
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The Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption

Marian Quartly (Lecturer in History, Monash University, Australia), Shurlee Swain, Denise Cuthbert

The Market in Children: Stories of Australian Adoption tells the history of adoption in Australia from its beginnings in the nineteenth century to its decline at the beginning of the twenty-first. The authors find that a market in...

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A Country in Mind: Memoir with Landscape
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A Country in Mind: Memoir with Landscape

Saskia Beudel

After a period of loss, and much change, Saskia Beudel began walking. Within eighteen months she had walked in the Snowy Mountains, twice along the South Coast of Tasmania, the MacDonnell Ranges west of Alice Springs, the Arnhem...

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Being & Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy & the Split Self
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Being & Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy & the Split Self

Kajsa Ekis Ekman

Drawing on Marxist and feminist analyses, Ekis Ekman argues that the Self must be split from the body to make it possible to sell your body without selling yourself. The body becomes sex. Sex becomes a service. The story of the...

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The Nanny Piggins Guide to Conquering Christmas
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The Nanny Piggins Guide to Conquering Christmas

R.A. Spratt

Watch out Santa, Nanny Piggins is coming to town this Christmas! This is not a survival guide to Christmas. This is a guide to conquering the Yuletide season! That's right, it is time to take a stand - don't suffer through another...

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History and Popular Memory: The Power of Story in Moments of Crisis
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History and Popular Memory: The Power of Story in Moments of Crisis

Paul A. Cohen

When people experience a traumatic event, such as war or the threat of annihilation, they often turn to history for stories that promise a positive outcome to their suffering. During World War II, the French took comfort in the...

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Is the Planet Full?
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Is the Planet Full?

Ian Goldin

Can our planet support the demands of the ten billion people anticipated to be the world's population by the middle of this century? This book explores the contexts, costs, and benefits of a burgeoning population on our economic,...

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Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy
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Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy

Saskia Sassen

Income inequality, displaced and imprisoned populations, destruction of land and water: today's dislocations cannot be understood in the usual terms of poverty and injustice, Saskia Sassen argues. They are more accurately...

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Caring: A Relational Approach to Ethics and Moral Education 2ed
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Caring: A Relational Approach to Ethics and Moral Education 2ed

Nel Noddings

With numerous examples to supplement her rich theoretical discussion, the author builds a compelling philosophical argument for an ethics based on natural caring, as in the care of a mother for her child. She discusses the extent...

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Gender: the Basics
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Gender: the Basics

Hilary M. Lips

Gender: The Basics is an engaging introduction which examines the impact of cultural, historical, biological, psychological and economic forces on qualities which have come to be defined as masculine or feminine. Highlighting that...

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Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat
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Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat

Bee Wilson

Explores how the implements we use in the kitchen have shaped the way we cook and live. This title tells the story of how we have tamed fire and ice, wielded whisks, spoons, graters, mashers, pestles and mortars, all in the name...

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Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors
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Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors

Anne K. Ream, Patricia Evans, MD, Faan, Faap

In these pages you'll meet a community of rape and sexual violence survivors who have been shaped, but refuse to be defined, by their histories of violence. They are brave, and they are outspoken--but, mostly, they are hopeful. ...

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Japan: The Paradox of Harmony
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Japan: The Paradox of Harmony

Keiko Hirata, Mark Warschauer

A well-rounded, well-informed critique of the Pacific island nation of Japan, its society, economy, demography, and politics

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Beyond Consumer Capitalism: Media and the Limits to Imagination
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Beyond Consumer Capitalism: Media and the Limits to Imagination

Justin Lewis

Consumer capitalism dominates our economy, our politics and our culture. Yet there is a growing body of research from a range of disciplines that suggests that consumer capitalism may be past its sell-by date.

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Queering Fat Embodiment
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Queering Fat Embodiment

Cat Pause, Jackie Wykes, Samantha Murray

Shedding light on the ways in which fat embodiment is lived, experienced, regulated and (re)produced across a range of cultural sites and contexts, Queering Fat Embodiment destabilises established ideas about fat bodies.

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Subcultures: the Basics
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Subcultures: the Basics

Ross Haenfler

Subcultures: The Basics is an accessible, engaging introduction to youth cultures in a global context. Blending theory and practice to examine a range of subcultural movements including hip hop in Japan, global graffiti writing...

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Meeting Place: The Human Encounter and the Challenge of Coexistence
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Meeting Place: The Human Encounter and the Challenge of Coexistence

Paul Carter

In this remarkable and often dazzling book, Paul Carter explores the conditions for sociability in a globalized future. He argues that we make many assumptions about communication but overlook barriers to understanding between...

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Park Land: When Caravan is Home
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Park Land: When Caravan is Home

Janice Newton

The phenomenon of permanent residence in caravan parks has previously been under-reported and under-theorised. Interviews with ten caravan park managers and 50 caravan park residents adorn Park Land.

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The Social Thought of Erving Goffman
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The Social Thought of Erving Goffman

Soren Kristiansen, Michael Hviid Jacobsen

This new volume in the Social Thinkers series serves as an introduction to the life, work, and ideas of Erving Goffman.

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Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love
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Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love

Thomas Maier

Before Sex and the City and Viagra[trademark], America relied on William Masters and Virginia Johnson to teach us everything we needed to know about what goes on in the bedroom. Including interviews with William Masters and...

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Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth
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Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth

Alan Weisman

Every four days there are a million more people on the planet. More people and fewer resources. In this timely work, Alan Weisman examines how we can shrink our collective human footprint so that we don't stomp any more species -...

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Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal
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Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal

J. Jack Halberstam

Part handbook, part guidebook, and part sex manual, Gaga Feminism is the first book to take seriously the collapse of heterosexuality and find signposts in the wreckage to a new and different way of doing sex and gender.

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 Special priceI 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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Demanding the Impossible
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Demanding the Impossible

Slavoj Zizek

Where are we today and what is to be done? Slavoj i ek ponders these questions in this unique and timely book.

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Violence and Vengeance: Religious Conflict and its Aftermath in Eastern Indonesia
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Violence and Vengeance: Religious Conflict and its Aftermath in Eastern Indonesia

Christopher R. Duncan

Christopher R. Duncan spent several years conducting fieldwork in North Maluku, Indonesia, and here examines how individuals taking part in the sectarian violence of 1999 and 2000 understood and experienced that conflict.

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 Read reviewThe World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
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The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

Jared Diamond

Reveals that traditional societies around the world offer an extraordinary window into how our ancestors lived for the majority of human history - until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms.

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After Homosexual: The Legacies of Gay Liberation
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After Homosexual: The Legacies of Gay Liberation

Carolyn D'Cruz, Mark Pendleton

Forty years have passed since the publication of Dennis Altman's crucial text, Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation, which captured the vibrant and violent explosions of the gay liberation movement. On this anniversary, Carolyn...

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Volunteering in Australia
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Volunteering in Australia

Melanie Oppenheimer, Jeni Warburton

Volunteering in Australia provides a critical snapshot of the issues and trends in volunteering today and their impact on Australian society. It demonstrates how change provides a fluid and contested space for volunteers and their...

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Shamanic Regalia in the Far North
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Shamanic Regalia in the Far North

Patricia Rieff Anawalt

Probes into the significance and meaning of shamanic practices in Northeast Siberia, Alaska and British Columbia, and also points up the intriguing differences in the ritual garb as generation after generation sought to influence...

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Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping
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Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping

David M. Lampton

Tells the story of China's political elites from their own perspectives. Based on over five hundred interviews, this title offers a rare glimpse into how the attitudes and ideas of those at the top have evolved over the decades.

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The Culture of Ethics
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The Culture of Ethics

Franco La Cecla, Piero Zanini

What is ethics? Is it a system of transcendent moral imperatives, or can it be produced by ordinary people in everyday life? This title address these questions in a series of thought-provoking reflections that draw their...

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 Special priceThe New Blackwell Companion to the City
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The New Blackwell Companion to the City

Gary Bridge, Sophie Watson

The New Blackwell Companion to the City provides a guide to the major themes in urban studies. Building on well established debates in the field, this volume provides students and scholars with a contemporary update on urban...

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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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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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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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 Special priceSustainability: The Basics
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Sustainability: The Basics

Peter Jacques

Sustainability is concerned with the issues around the ongoing and mutual preservation of both society and the environment. It is a widely used term and supposed goal for many governments but it is also easily misunderstood....

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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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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

Drawing on extensive research and interviews with renowned behavioural scientists, sexologists, psychologists and everyday women, the author asks: Do women really crave intimacy and emotional connection? Are women more disposed to...

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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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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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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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