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Re-imagining the City: Art, Globalization and Urban Spaces
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Re-imagining the City: Art, Globalization and Urban Spaces

Elizabeth Grierson, Kristen Sharp

Examines how contemporary processes of globalization are transforming cultural experience and production in urban spaces. This title maps how cultural productions in art, architecture, and communications media are contributing to...

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 Read reviewFar from the Tree
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Far from the Tree

Andrew Solomon

Tells stories of parents who learn to deal with their exceptional children and find profound meaning in doing so. This book explores themes of generosity, acceptance and tolerance - and shows how love for one's children can...

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 Special priceDoing Visual Ethnography
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Doing Visual Ethnography

Sarah Pink

Drawing on her own research and the experience of other ethnographers, Sarah Pink provides an indispensible guide for anyone looking to use images and visual technologies as part of their research

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Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation
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Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation

Eva Illouz

A new book by the award-winnning sociologist Eva Illouz on modern love. Sets out to explain why love is such a painful experience for many people - why we invest so much in the search for love and why it so often disappoints us.

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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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Making Capitalism Fit For Society
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Making Capitalism Fit For Society

Colin Crouch

Capitalism is the only complex system known to us that can provide an efficient and innovative economy, but the financial crisis has brought out the pernicious side of capitalism and shown that it remains dependent on the state to...

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Cloning Wild Life: Zoos, Captivity, and the Future of Endangered Animals
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Cloning Wild Life: Zoos, Captivity, and the Future of Endangered Animals

Carrie Friese

Demonstrates just how much bioscience reproduces and changes our ideas about the meaning of life itself.

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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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Superdads: How Fathers Balance Work and Family in the 21st Century
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Superdads: How Fathers Balance Work and Family in the 21st Century

Gayle Kaufman

Provides an overview of an emerging trend in fatherhood and the policy solutions that may help support its growth

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 Special priceUnderstanding Death: An Introduction to Ideas of Self and the Afterlife in World Religions
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Understanding Death: An Introduction to Ideas of Self and the Afterlife in World Religions

Angela Sumegi

This illuminating book examines how different religions understand death, dying, and the afterlife, drawing on examples from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shamanism.

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Vital Signs 2013
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Vital Signs 2013

The Worldwatch Institute

From meat consumption to automobile production to hydropower, this title documents over two dozen trends that are shaping our future in concise analyses and clear tables and graphs. It demonstrates that while remarkable progress...

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Books of the Dead: Manuals for Living and Dying
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Books of the Dead: Manuals for Living and Dying

Stanislav Grof

Explores the secrets of the afterlife. This title guides readers through Egyptian, Tibetan, Mesoamerican and Christian texts, art and iconography of death, as well as modern consciousness research into near-death experiences,...

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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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From the Dragon's Mouth: 10 True Stories That Unveil the Real China
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From the Dragon’s Mouth: 10 True Stories That Unveil the Real China

Ana Fuentes

WHO ARE THE CHINESE? Through on-the-ground interviews, Ana Fuentes uncovers the real China and offers a panoramic look at Chinese culture from the point of view of its citizens. She spent nearly 4 years living and working in China...

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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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Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor
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Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor

Sandro Mezzadra, Brett Neilson

In this major work of political theory, the use of the border as method enables new perspectives on transformations of the nation-state and political concepts such as citizenship and sovereignty.

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Sorry!: The English and Their Manners
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Sorry!: The English and Their Manners

Henry Hitchings

Manners: the quintessential business of being English.

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Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to a Clockwork Orange - How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos
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Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to a Clockwork Orange - How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos

Robert Hofler

An exploration of the origins of sexual expression in popular culture from 1968 to 1973 places the writers, producers, and actors responsible for creating these controversial works within their cultural and social frameworks.

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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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Phenomenology of Perception
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Phenomenology of Perception

Maurice Merleau-Ponty

In this work Maurice Merleau-Ponty, described as the foremost academic French philosopher of the post-war period, writes on theories of perception.

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Community Development in an Uncertain World
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Community Development in an Uncertain World

Jim Ife

Provides a comprehensive introduction to modern community development, exploring the interrelated frameworks of social justice, ecological responsibility and post-Enlightenment thinking.

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Case Study Research: Design and Methods
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Case Study Research: Design and Methods

Robert K. Yin

Providing a complete portal to the world of case study research, this Fifth Edition offers comprehensive coverage of the design and use of the case study method as a valid research tool

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Belonging: Solidarity and Division in Modern Societies
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Belonging: Solidarity and Division in Modern Societies

Montserrat Guibernau

It is commonly assumed that we live in an age of unbridled individualism, but in this important new book Montserrat Guibernau argues that the need to belong to a group or community - from peer groups and local communities to...

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The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud
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The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud

Patrik Wikstrom

Patrik Wikstrom illuminates the workings of the music industry, and captures the dynamics at work in the production of musical culture between the transnational media conglomerates, the independent music companies and the public.

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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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When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health
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When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health

Joao Biehl, Adriana Petryna

When People Come First critically assesses the expanding field of global health. It brings together an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars to address the medical, social, political, and economic dimensions of the...

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The Five Stages of Collapse: Survivors' Toolkit
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The Five Stages of Collapse: Survivors' Toolkit

Dmitry Orlov

A user's guide to economic, political, social and cultural collapse.

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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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Wives and Sweethearts: Love Letters Sent During Wartime
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Wives and Sweethearts: Love Letters Sent During Wartime

Frances Parton, Alastair Massie

A selection of 50 charming, heart-breaking and romantic letters sent to and from army personnel of all ranks during the First and Second World Wars.

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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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All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
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All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

Jennifer Senior

Tracks every 3 minutes for easy bookmarking --Container.

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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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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Paul Tough

A foremost The New Yorker and New York Times journalist reverses three decades of thinking about what creates successful children, solving the mysteries of why some succeed and others fail - and of how to move individual...

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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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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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Reclaiming the F Word: The New Feminist Movement
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Reclaiming the F Word: The New Feminist Movement

Catherine Redfern, Kristin Aune

Updated edition of a generation-defining book demanding nothing less than freedom and equality, for all.

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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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The Therapy Industry: The Irresistible Rise of the Talking Cure, and Why It Doesn't Work
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The Therapy Industry: The Irresistible Rise of the Talking Cure, and Why It Doesn’t Work

Paul Moloney

Argues that therapeutic and applied psychology have little basis in science and that they prosper because they serve the interests of power.

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Someplace Like America
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Someplace Like America

Dale Maharidge, Bruce Springsteen, Michael S. Williamson

Take us to the working-class heart of America by providing the deepening crises of poverty and homelessness. This title presents an intimate and devastating portrait of workers going jobless.

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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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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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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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The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World
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The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World

Stephen Castles, Hein de Haas, Mark J. Miller

This leading text in the field provides a comprehensive assessment of the nature, extent and dimensions of international population movements and of their consequences. Thoroughly revised and updated, the 5th edition assesses the...

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