Wired for Culture: The Natural History of Human Cooperation
What explains the staggering diversity of cultures in the world? Why are there so many languages, even within small areas? Why do we rejoice in rituals and wrap ourselves in flags? This title reveals how our facility for culture...
The Essential Hirschman
Albert O Hirschman was a master essayist, one who possessed the rare ability to blend the precision of economics with the elegance of literary imagination. This book brings together some of the essays in the social sciences,...
The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life
Two superstars revolutionizing economics provide breakthrough ideas for taking on big problems.
Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants
For centuries the Bay of Bengal served as a maritime highway between India and China, and as a battleground for European empires, while being shaped by monsoons and human migration. Integrating environmental history and mining a...
An American Bride in Kabul: A Memoir
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...
The Pleasure’s All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex
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...
The John Carlos Story
John Carlos, the man behind the most iconic moment of the Black Power movement, tells his story.
The Remarriage Blueprint: How Remarried Couples and Their Families Succeed or Fail
A New York Times bestselling author shares in-depth stories of seven remarried couples-revealing the unique challenges they face.
Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family
A frank and entertaining memoir, from the daughter of Edward Said, about growing up second-generation Arab American and struggling with that identity. The daughter of a prominent Palestinian father and a sophisticated Lebanese...
Zizek Now: Current Perspectives in Zizek Studies
Arguably the most prolific and most widely read philosopher of our time, Slavoj Zizek has made indelible interventions into many disciplines of the so-called human sciences that have transformed the terms of discussion in these...
A revelatory examination of the sharp increase in the number of people who live alone and its surprising benefits
Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
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...
Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire
Eric Berkowitz evokes the entire sweep of Western sex law, from the savage impalement of an Ancient Mesopotamian adulteress to the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde in 1895 for 'gross indecency'.
Key Concepts in Sociology
This is a compact, yet comprehensive, title that clarifies and explains the main concepts within sociology. It is useful both for new students and for students who wants to refresh their memory and come up with new ideas for essay...
Black Swan Lake: Life of a Wetland
The author came to live by Forrestdale Lake in southwestern Australia in 1986. Based in part on a nature journal he kept for several years, this book traces the life of the plants and animals of the surrounding area through the...
Politics of Storytelling: Variations on a Theme by Hannah Arendt
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...
Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Co-operation
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...
Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c.2009 A.D.) in a Large City
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...
Harland’s Half Acre
A revised edition of this seminal Malouf novel, now with an Afterword from the author. Frank Harland's life is centred on his great artistic gift, his passionate love for his father and four brothers, and his desire to regain the...
I Have a Dream: A 50th Year Testament to the March That Changed America
Presents a narrative and pictorial history of the 1963 March on Washington, depicting ordinary marchers along with some of the major figures of the twentieth-century Civil Rights Movement.
The Social Thought of Georg Simmel
A concise introduction to the writings, life, and influences of Georg Simmel - an important sociologist whose work is now taught across sociological theory courses worldwide.
Southeast Asia: Past and Present
A balanced, accessible, and authoritative account of the history of Southeast Asia from ancient to contemporary times
The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
Explores how tribal peoples approach essential human problems, from childrearing to old age to conflict resolution to health. In this book, the author reveals how tribal societies offer a window into how our ancestors lived for...
Best Death Possible, A Guide to Dying in Australia: A Guide to Dying in Australia
Shares with everyday Australians, who get catastrophic news of terminal illness, how to use the Australian healthcare system to get the best death possible. Sarah Winch, University of Queensland.
What Makes Us Tick?: The Ten Desires That Drive Us
Insightful and engaging, WHAT MAKES US TICK? helps to explain what drives us, concerns us and is important to each of us from Australia's leading social researcher, Hugh Mackay. In this new edition he has written a postscript,...
Social Acceleration: A New Theory of Modernity
Hartmut Rosa advances an account of the temporal structure of society from the perspective of critical theory. He identifies three categories of change in the tempo of modern social life: technological acceleration, evident in...
Under the Mountain Wall
In the Baliem Valley in central New Guinea lived a Stone Age tribe which survived into the twentieth century - the Kurelu. This title illuminates the lives of the Kurelu's with respect and sympathy, capturing a culture untouched...
Melanesia: Art and Encounter
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.
The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution
For most of western history, all sex outside marriage was illegal. Between 1600 and 1800, this entire world-view was shattered by revolutionary new ideas. This book shows that the creation of this modern culture of sex was a...
Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu
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...
Language: The Cultural Tool
For years, the prevailing opinion among academics has been that language is embedded in our genes, existing as an innate and instinctual part of us. In this bold and provocative study, linguist Daniel Everett argues that, like...
Raymond Williams on Culture & Society: Essential Writings
The work of Raymond Williams remains hugely influential, not just in the humanities but across the social sciences too. This collection introduces a new generation of students to a major figure in sociology, media studies and...
The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World
Addresses the questions we face every day in our public and private lives. This title argues for the importance of creativity in our increasingly money-driven society.
The Metamorphoses of Fat: A History of Obesity
Translation of: Les metamorphoses du gras.
Fashioning Appetite: Restaurants and the Making of Modern Identity
Takes a fragment of social life, dining out in restaurants, and uses it to examine the nature and meaning of manners and social relations in the modern world. This book explores the restaurant as a liminal space where the...
The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays
A new paperback edition of this essential collection of essays from an eminent critic. Simon Leys' cultural and political commentary has spanned four decades, with no corner of the arts escaping his sharp eye and acerbic wit.
Depression: A Public Feeling
Crafts a cultural analysis that can adequately represent depression not as medical pathology but as a historical category, a felt experience, and a point of entry onto discussions about theory and contemporary culture
World Heritage: Benefits Beyond Borders
This thematic collection of 26 case studies provides a thorough understanding of World Heritage in the context of sustainable development.
Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity
What happens to our society as a whole when smart, high-achieving young women are honing their traditional homemaking skills?
The China Breakthrough: Whitlam in the Middle Kingdom, 1971
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Other Women: The History of the Mistress
Impending environmental catastrophe, threat of terrorism, viruses both biological and virtual, disease: there seem to be so many reasons to panic today. But what is panic and why does it happen? This book uses a range of...
Why Would Anyone Wear That? Fascinating Fashion Facts
Presents and illustrates diverse fashions, including shoes, hats, jewellery, undergarments, and outerwear. This book explains the environmental influences that shape fashion. It helps readers learn that fashion is a reflection of...
Liquid Surveillance: A Conversation
'Today the smallest details of our daily lives are tracked and traced more closely than ever before, and those who are monitored often cooperate willingly with the monitors. From London and New York to New Delhi, Shanghai and...
Yakuza: Japan’s Criminal Underworld
Known for their striking full-body tattoos, Japan's gangsters comprise a criminal class eighty thousand strong - more than four times the size of the American mafia. This title tells the story of Japan's crime syndicates, from...
An affectionate, often hilarious, memoir of growing up in London in the 1970s in an Indian household, and avoiding an arranged marriage.'From the age of fourteen, I was aware my parents expected me to have an arranged...
Introduction to Habermas
This book provides a compact and up-to-date presentation of Jurgen Habermas oeuvre, with particular reference to his theory of communicative action. Segre explores Habermas themes of the rationalization of the life-world and its...
The Makeover: Reality Television and Reflexive Audiences
Intervenes in debates about both reality television and audience research, offering the concept of the reflexive self to move these debates forward
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