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Global Modernity and Social Contestation
by Breno M. Bringel, Jose Mauricio Domingues
Sociology Today

How can we link contemporary social processes – which have typically been theorized in terms of the concept of modernity – with contemporary social movements, conflicts, and mobilizations which aim at social change? [More...]

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Worlds of Difference
by  Said Arjomand, Elisa P. Reis
Sociology Today

How can differences be understood in social theory through comparisons, and how should social theory relate to regional studies to do so? This question has been prevalent within the sociological field for over a century, but is becoming increasingly important in a globalised age in which cultural borders are constantly challenged and rapidly changing. [More...]

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Cities and Crisis
New Critical Urban Theory
by  Kuniko Fujita
Sociology Today

Recognizing the deep relations between politics, finance, cities and citizens, this book argues for a rejuvenated account of urban theory. The book emphasises the need to understand the importance of the 2008 global financial crisis and how the crisis affects cities nested in a variety of political economies. [More...]

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Sociology Today
Social Transformations in a Globalizing World
by Arnaud Sales
Sociology Today

We are living in a turbulent world marked by fast, continuous social changes that affect the lives of individuals, families, communities, organizations, businesses, nation-states, and international networks. This fundamentally commits contemporary sociology to being a science of change. [More...]


The Shape of Sociology for the 21st Century
Tradition and Renewal
by Devorah Kalekin-Fishman, Ann Denis

Over the past century, the field of sociology has experienced extraordinary expansion and vitality. But is this growth positive or negative - a promise of diversity or a threat of fragmentation?
This critical volume explores the meaning of sociology and sociological knowledge in light of the recent growth and institutionalization of the discipline. A stellar group of international authors powerfully identify, question, and transform key assumptions in sociology. [More...]


Reason of Sociology
George Simmel and Beyond
by Kaulo Pietila

Sociology has long lacked the sense of propulsive direction that it possesses in the 1960s and early 70s. The subject has fragmented in a series of interlocking fields and sub-disciplines. Is there a way of revitalizing the subject? Where can we look for guides to build a sociology that combats fragmentation, constantly unites the micro with the macro level, and provides a holistic view of society? [More...]


Professional Men, Professional Women
The European Professions from the 16th Century until Today
by Maria Malatesta

This book tells the story of the principal European intellectual professions from the demise of the ancien régime to the rise of the European Union. A historical study which applies sociological concepts it creates a European-scale picture of the professions spanning over two centuries of change.
Uniting the legal, medical, engineering and accounting professions it provides a comparative historical and sociological exploration of 'Professional Europe'. [More...]


Rethinking Civilizational Analysis
edited by Said Arjomad, Edward A Tiryakianl

Although the concept of 'civilization' has deep roots in the social sciences, there is an urgent need to re-think it for contemporary times. This book points to an exhaustion in using 'the nation state' and 'world system' as the basic macro-units of social analysis because they do not get to grips with the 'soft power' variable of cultural factors involved in global aspects of development. Also, globalization requires us to reconsider the link between civilization and a fixed or given territory. [More...]


The ISA Handbook of Diverse Sociological Traditions
edited by Sujata Patel
The ISA Handbook of Diverse Sociological Traditions

This latest edition to the ISA handbook series actively engages with the many traditions of sociology in the world. Twenty-nine chapters from prominent international contributors discuss, challenge and re-conceptualise the global discipline of sociology; evaluating the diversities within and between sociological traditions of many regions and nation-states. They assess all aspects of the discipline: ideas and theories; scholars and scholarship; practices and traditions; ruptures and continuities through an international perspective. [More...]


The ISA Handbook in Contemporary Sociology
edited by Ann Denis and Devorah Kalekin-Fishman
The ISA Handbook in Contemporary Sociology

This new ISA handbook presents and tracks the transformation of the societies and social relations that characterize the twenty-first century. The volume is organized around a conceptualization of three processes that are fundamental to the analyses of micro, meso and macro social relations: Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation. [More...]


Knowledge, Communication and Creativity
by Arnaud Sales, Marcel Fournier

Knowledge, communication and creativity are obsessions of contemporary modern societies. The rhetoric of information, imagination, improvisation and play have invaded our daily lives and work spaces. However, little attention has been paid to the sociological relationships among these elements, let alone their impacts as processes driving social change. [More...]


The Situated Politics of Belonging
by Nira Yuval-Davis, Kalpana Kannabiran, Ulrike Vieten

This collection of essays examines the racialized and gendered effects of contemporary politics of belonging, issues which lie at the heart of contemporary political and social lives. It encompasses critical questions of identity and citizenship, inclusion and exclusion, emotional attachments, violent conflicts and local/global relationships. [More...]


Global Modernization
Rethinking the Project of Modernity
by Alberto Martinelli

This short book critically reexamines the concepts and theories of modernity and modernization. [More...]


Women and Men in Political and Business Elites
A Comparative Study in the Industrialized World
by Mino Vianello, Gwen Moore

Awarded the Descartes Prize 2004 of the European Commission.
How do gender inequalities translate at the top of politics and business?
Is the gender gap eliminated for the most influential players in industrial democratic society? [More...]


Global Forces and Local Life-Worlds
Social Transformations
by Ulrike Schuerkens

How are global forces impacting on local lifestyles? Where does the personal stand in relation to globalization? Global Forces and Local Life-Worlds explores these questions using a mixture of sociological and anthropological analysis and case study methods. [More...]


The International Handbook of Sociology
by Stella R Quah, Arnaud Sales

This unique Handbook provides state-of-the-art reviews of sociology conducted by prominent scholars. Drawing on dedicated knowledge and expertise, the book constitutes an unrivalled guide to the central theoretical and methodological perspectives in the discipline as a whole.  [More...]


Environment and Global Modernity
by Gert Spaargaren, Arthur P J Mol, Frederick H Buttel

This accomplished book argues that we can only make sense of environmental issues if we consider them as part of a more encompassing process of social transformation. It asks whether there is an emerging consensus between social scientists on the central issues in the debate on environmental change, and if concerns about the environment constitute a major prop to the process of globalization? [More...]


The Future of Global Conflict
by Volker Bornschier, Christopher Chase-Dunn
Sociology Today

This critical analysis of long-term trends and recent developments in world systems examines such questions as: Will the cycles of boom and bust, peace and war of the past 500 years continue? Or have either long-term trends or recent changes so profoundly altered the structure of world systems that these cycles will end or take on a less destructive form? [More...]


Real Civil Societies
Dilemmas of Institutionalization
by Jeffrey C Alexander

Written from an empirical social-science perspective by some of the world's most important social theorists, this volume is a critical examination of the normative sense of `civil society'. It includes analyses of civil society and democracy, citizenship, race and ethnicity, and post-communism. [More...]


International Tourism
Identity and Change
by Marie-Françoise Lanfant, John B Allcock, Edward M Bruner

The contributors to International Tourism reconceptualize the local and the global, avoiding such crude oppositions as centre v periphery, modern v traditional, macro v micro and North v South. Instead, they demonstrate that the local cannot be understood without the global, and that the global can never be isolated from the regional setting within which it operates. [More...]


Social Movements and Social Classes
The Future of Collective Action
by  Louis Maheu
Sociology Today

This book assembles an international cast of eminent contributors who focus on issues of social movements and social class from the perspective of collective action. An important addition to current debate, the text discusses such topics as: middle-class radicalism, racism, class, the institutionalization of movements, urban politics, citizenship, education and democracy. [More...]


The Future of Labour Movements
by Marino Regini
Sociology Today

In the light of the experience of the 1980s this volume provides an interdisciplinary reassessment of the traditions and future of collective worker's action in Western states. [More...]


Changing Classes
Stratification and Mobility in Post-Industrial Societies
by Gøsta Esping-Andersen
Sociology Today

Drawing together comparative research on the dynamics of social stratification in a number of key western societies, the authors develop a framework for the analysis of post-industrial class formation. [More...]


Gender, Work and Medicine
Women and the Medical Division of Labour
by Elianne Riska, Katarina Wegar
Sociology Today

This critical assessment of the division of labour in medicine sets current practice in its historical context. The book demonstrates the centrality of gender divisions both between and within the individual medical and health professions - doctors, nurses, midwives and others. [More...]


Economy and Society
Overviews in Economic Sociology
by Alberto Martinelli, Neil J Smelser
Sociology Today

This is the first overview of the interface between economics and sociology. Normally considered quite separately, the volume reconciles the disciplines. Amongst the many questions considered are: the formal relationship between the two disciplines; the distinctive ranges of empirical data which each discipline calls into question; how the substantive findings of one discipline can modify the assumptions of the other. [More...]


National Traditions in Sociology
by Nikolai Genov
Sociology Today

In this book an international team of authors consider the nature of sociology and its development in a range of countries. Concentrating on the period since 1945, they show how the intellectual and institutional history of sociology has varied widely. [More...]


Capital and Labour in the Urbanized World
by John Walton
Sociology Today
This book examines the impact such a shift of resources will have on the rich Western nations that dominate the international system. Also it describes the likely domestic consequences for countries which have to reconcile the clashing interests of domestic capital and labour and to attract vital foreign industry and investment. [More...]


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