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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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Social Movements in Global Politics
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Social Movements in Global Politics

David West

A very topical and wide-ranging account of the important activities of social movements at a time of global crises. Provides a comprehensive overview of influential social movements, from the genealogy of liberal democratic...

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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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The Fragility of Things: Self-Organizing Processes, Neoliberal Fantasies, and Democratic Activism
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The Fragility of Things: Self-Organizing Processes, Neoliberal Fantasies, and Democratic Activism

William E. Connolly

Seeking to extend sensitivity to the world's fragilities and intensify democratic activism, William E. Connolly explores how neoliberal capitalism collides with the fragile self-organizing systems that help to constitute our...

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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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Doing 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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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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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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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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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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The 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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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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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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Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life
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Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life

Dr Bill Thomas, William H Thomas, Dr Dr Bill Thomas

How do you know that you are outgrowing adulthood? When you begin to feel that the life you have been living is out of balance; when the need to perform, to hurry, and to acquire is no longer compelling. It's like the moment when...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thai Stick: Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade
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Thai Stick: Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade

Peter Maguire, Mike Ritter

Located on the left bank of the Chao Phya River, Thailand's capital, Krungthep, known as Bangkok to Westerners and the City of Angels to Thais, has been home to smugglers and adventurers since the late eighteenth century. During...

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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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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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