Zygmunt Bauman (Key Sociologists)

By Tony Blackshaw

This well timed booklet presents the definitive concise advent to the phenomenon of Zygmunt Bauman. After introducing the guy, his significant impacts and his precise manner of 'thinking sociologically', writer Blackshaw lines the advance of Bauman's undertaking through opting for and explaining the key shifts of emphasis in his paintings – the holiday with Marxism and the postmodern 'turn', and the following refocusing on 'liquid' modernity – in addition to providing a transparent and obtainable consultant to the major conceptual hinges which movement the reader on.

This e-book, the single concise creation to Bauman's paintings at the market, is going directly to clarify the significance of the complete diversity of chronic subject matters bearing on Bauman, dealing particularly with individualization, freedom, identification, neighborhood, social keep watch over, intake and waste, construction a penetrating figuring out of why those matters subject for this Key Sociologist.

Bauman's rules have impacted past sociology into criminology, political concept, cultural reviews, rest reviews etc, and feature additionally now penetrated outdoors the partitions of the academy into social coverage, welfare reform, social paintings and politics. employing pedagogical positive factors corresponding to boxed sections, bankruptcy summaries, an annotated bibliography and hyperlinks to additional reading, this well-written textual content assumes no earlier familiarity with Bauman's paintings and should entice a person in any of those fields wishing to get familiar with the information of 1 of the world's such a lot wide-ranging thinkers.

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Max Weber and Michel Foucault: Parallel Life-Works (Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought)

Max Weber and Michael Foucault are one of the such a lot debatable and engaging thinkers of our century. This e-book is the 1st to together examine them intimately, and to make powerful hyperlinks among their lives and paintings; it coincides with a considerable resurgence of curiosity of their writings. The author's intriguing interpretative process unearths a brand new measurement in analyzing the paintings of Foucault and Weber; it will likely be helpful to scholars and people learning in sociology and philosophy.

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The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works--and How It's Transforming the American Economy

By Charles Fishman

Wal-Mart isn't simply the world's greatest corporation, it's most likely the world's such a lot written-about. yet no booklet until eventually this one has controlled to penetrate its wall of silence or transcend the standard polemics to research its real results on its buyers, staff, and providers. Drawing on exceptional interviews with former Wal-Mart executives and a wealth of remarkable information (e.g., american citizens spend $36 million an hour at Wal-Mart shops, and in 2004 its progress by myself used to be larger than the entire profit of 469 of the Fortune 500), The Wal-Mart influence is an intimate examine a enterprise that's dramatically reshaping our lives.

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Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years

By Tom Standage

Social media is whatever yet a brand new phenomenon. From the papyrus letters that Cicero and different Roman statesmen used to switch information, to the hand-printed tracts of the Reformation and the pamphlets that unfold propaganda throughout the American and French revolutions, the methods humans shared details with their friends long ago are echoed within the current. After many years of newspapers, radio, and tv dominating in dissemination of data, the web has spawned a reemergence of social media as a strong new approach for people to proportion info with their buddies, using public discourse in new ways.

Standage reminds us how ancient social networks have a lot in universal with smooth social media. The Catholic Church's dilemmas in responding to Martin Luther's assaults are just like these of latest huge associations in responding to feedback on the web, for instance, and seventeenth-century proceedings concerning the distractions of coffeehouses replicate sleek matters approximately social media. Invoking figures from Thomas Paine to Vinton Cerf, co-inventor of the web, Standage explores topics that experience lengthy been debated, from the strain among freedom of expression and censorship to social media's function in spurring innovation and fomenting revolution. Writing at the Wall attracts on historical past to solid provocative new gentle on cutting-edge social media and encourages debate and dialogue approximately how we are going to converse within the future.

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Nationalism, Social Theory and Durkheim

Ethno-national and non secular id and violence dominate sleek politics, from Northern eire to terrorism in Sri Lanka, the previous Yugoslavia or Afghanistan and Iraq. This booklet exhibits that social concept might be a massive device in aiding clarify nationwide, spiritual and identification difficulties.

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Understanding European Trade Unionism: Between Market, Class and Society

By Richard Hyman

`Everyone involved over the development of a really social Europe will study a lot from this considerate and probing study." - Professor Colin Crouch, Istituto Universitario Europeo

In this entire assessment of exchange unionism in Europe and past, Richard Hyman deals a clean viewpoint on exchange union id, ideology and approach. He exhibits how the various types and influence of other nationwide events mirror historic offerings on even if to stress a job as marketplace bargainers, mobilizers of sophistication competition or companions in social integration. The booklet demonstrates how those inherited traditions can function either assets and constraints in responding to the demanding situations which confront exchange unions in

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More Studies in Ethnomethodology (SUNY series in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences)

By Kenneth Liberman

Phenomenological analyses of the orderliness of evidently taking place collaboration.

Pioneered by means of Harold Garfinkel within the Fifties and ’60s, ethnomethodology is a sociological technique rooted in phenomenology that's concerned about investigating the unstated principles based on which individuals comprehend and create order in unstructured events. in accordance with greater than thirty years of training ethnomethodology, Kenneth Liberman—himself a scholar of Garfinkel’s—provides an updated advent via a chain of classroom-based reviews. each one bankruptcy makes a speciality of a regimen event during which humans collaborate to make experience of and coordinate an unscripted task: organizing the coherence of the principles of a video game, describing the target flavor of a cup of gourmand espresso, making feel of intercultural dialog, analyzing a imprecise map, and discovering order amidst chaotic site visitors stream. targeted descriptions of the forms of ironies that evidently come up in those and different usual affairs breathe new lifestyles into phenomenological theorizing and sociological understanding.

“This publication bargains a few of the liveliest and most up to date of all ethnomethodological stories. We see why a hectic intersection packed with pedestrians, motorcycles, and vehicles has smoother site visitors stream whilst individuals paintings out their very own coordinating units than whilst formal ideas are enforced; why humans in India who swarm a provider gate instead of queuing up or taking turns have an orderly potency in their personal. How Tibetan debates punctuated by means of rhythmic handclaps make philosophy extra engrossing and deeply communicative than Western content-obsessed debating kinds; and why maps by no means supply entire instructions yet rely on clients maintaining an embodied feel of the terrain. Ken Liberman makes the culture of phenomenological inquiry as common because it has ever been.” — Randall Collins, Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology, collage of Pennsylvania

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The Invention of Tradition (Canto Classics)

By Terence Ranger

Some of the traditions which we predict of as very historic of their origins weren't in reality sanctioned via lengthy utilization over the centuries, yet have been invented relatively lately. This booklet explores examples of this technique of invention - the construction of Welsh and Scottish 'national culture'; the elaboration of British royal rituals within the 19th and 20th centuries; the origins of imperial rituals in British India and Africa; and the makes an attempt via radical routine to strengthen counter-traditions in their personal. It addresses the complicated interplay of prior and current, bringing jointly historians and anthropologists in a desirable examine of formality and symbolism which poses new questions for the certainty of our heritage.

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