Blind to Sameness: Sexpectations and the Social Construction of Male and Female Bodies
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...
Partners: Love is a Law Unto Itself
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...
Contemporary China: Society and Social Change
Introduces readers to key sociological perspectives about modern Chinese society and social change.
I met lucky people: The Story of the Romani Gypsies
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...
A Brief History of Death
From prehistory to the present, this book examines the western traditions and rituals associated with death, dying and the afterlife.
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.
Baby Knows Best: Raising a Confident and Resourceful Child, the RIE Way
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...
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.
Wine and Culture: Vineyard to Glass
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...
What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire
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...
Archaeology and Anthropology: Past, Present and Future
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...
The Death Class: A True Story about Life
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...
The Social Thought of Karl Marx
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.
The Story of Mankind
The winner of the first John Newbery Medal, now updated by Robert Sullivan, remains a timeless classic for all ages.
Does the Richness of the Few Benefit Us All?
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...
Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against it
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...
An Age of Limits: Social Theory for the 21st Century
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...
Infoglut: How Too Much Information is Changing the Way We Think and Know
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...
The Misogyny Factor
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...
Time to Start Thinking: America and the Spectre of Decline
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...
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.
Consent of the Networked
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.
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...
The Making of Men: Raising Boys to be Happy, Healthy and Successful
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...
The Art of Lying Down: A Guide to Horizontal Living
Originally published in the German language as Die kunst des liegens: handbuch der horizontalen lebensform.
The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City
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.
The XX Factor: How Working Women are Creating a New Society
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...
The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath
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...
Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City
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
The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman
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...
Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the Twenty-First Century
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,...
Reinventing Eden: The Fate of Nature in Western Culture
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...
Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture
Companion volume to the PBS documentary series: Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle.
Globalization: A Very Short Introduction
'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...
The Outsourced Self: What Happens When We Pay Others to Live Our Lives for Us
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...
22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World’s Foremost Thinkers
A lasting chronicle of the state of the global community today.
The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life
Two superstars revolutionizing economics provide breakthrough ideas for taking on big problems.
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...
Our Stories are Our Survival
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...
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...
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...
The Social Thought of Emile Durkheim
A concise introduction to the writings, life, and influences of Emile Durkheim - one of the 'founding fathers' of sociology.
Floating City: Hustlers, Strivers, Dealers, Call Girls and Other Lives in Illicit New York
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...
Dispossession: The Performative in the Political
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...
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...
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