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Confederacy of Silence: A True Tale of the New Old South

by Richard Rubin

A compelling and vivid portrait of a Deep South community poised between the past and the future, this is the stunning true story of how a young New York writer plunged into a closed Mississippi society, and...


Pop Culture Freaks: Identity, Mass Media, and Society

by Dustin Kidd

This introductory “field guide” to the sociology of popular culture provides the tools to think critically about the cultural soup served daily by film, television, music, print media, and the internet.

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Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts: Using the Power of Pleasure to Have Your Way with the World

by Regena Thomashauer

The irrepressible founder of a hugely popular "school for goddesses" shows you how celebrating your sensuality can help you achieve your dreams.

You've heard the saying "Do what you love, and the money will...


Indian Transnationalism Online: New Perspectives on Diaspora

by Ajaya Kumar Sahoo & Johannes G. de Kruijf

Indian Transnationalism Online investigates the online organization of, and exchanges within the global Indian diaspora. Bringing together research from around the world and presenting studies drawn from the...


Emotions and Religious Dynamics

by Douglas J. Davies & Nathaniel A. Warne

Religious communities often select and foster certain emotions over others. Often, it is the underlying emotional pattern of a group rather than its doctrines that either divides it from, or attracts it to,...


Insider Research on Migration and Mobility: International Perspectives on Researcher Positioning

by Lejla Voloder & Liudmila Kirpitchenko

Bringing together the latest international scholarship in the sociology and anthropology of migration, this volume explores the complexities, joys and frustrations of conducting 'insider' research. The book...


Street Level: Los Angeles in the Twenty-First Century

by Rob Sullivan

The first section of this book, provides a critique of the various theories applied to Los Angeles during the last century, balancing the positive with the negative. The second part of the book is an investigation...


Disability, Obesity and Ageing: Popular Media Identifications

by Debbie Rodan, Katie Ellis & Pia Lebeck

Disability, Obesity and Ageing offers an engaging account of a new area of pressing concern, analysing the way in which 'spurned' identities are depicted and reacted to in televisual genres and on-line forums....


Affectivity and the Social Bond: Transcendence, Economy and Violence in French Social Theory

by Tiina Arppe

Affectivity and the Social Bond offers a fresh and original perspective on the relationship between affectivity and transcendence in nineteenth and twentieth century French social theory. Engaging in a conceptual...


LGBT People and the UK Cultural Sector: The Response of Libraries, Museums, Archives and Heritage since 1950

by John Vincent

This book examines the complex and conflicting relationships between LGBT people and our cultural and heritage organisations. To set the work of libraries, museums and archives in context, Vincent traces the...


Policing Digital Crime

by Robin Bryant & Sarah Bryant

This timely volume offers a theoretical perspective on the policing of digital crime in the western world. Using numerous case-study examples to illustrate the theoretical material introduced, this volume examines...


The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters

by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

This concise encyclopedia provides scholars and students with a comprehensive and authoritative A-Z of monsters throughout the ages. It is the first major reference book on monsters for the scholarly market....


Last Harvest: From Cornfield to New Town

by Witold Rybczynski

In Last Harvest, the award-winning author of Home and A Clearing in the Distance tells the compelling story of New Daleville, a brand-new residential subdivision in rural Pennsylvania. When Witold Rybczynski...


Squandering Aimlessly: My Adventures in the American Marketplace

by David Brancaccio

Poor, misguided fellow. David Brancaccio, host of public radio's rambunctious and eclectic business program Marketplace, used to think the big problem with money was getting some. Didn't he understand that during...


Media and the Rhetoric of Body Perfection: Cosmetic Surgery, Weight Loss and Beauty in Popular Culture

by Deborah Harris-Moore

Drawing on rich interview material with cosmetic surgery patients and offering fresh analyses of various texts from popular culture, including internationally-screened reality-television, entertainment programs...


Ethnic Diversity and Social Cohesion: Immigration, Ethnic Fractionalization and Potentials for Civic Action

by Merlin Schaeffer

Drawing attention to the importance of peoples' perceptions of diversity in explaining levels of social cohesion, Ethnic Diversity and Social Cohesion shows how specific types of perceived diversity can help...


Religions as Brands: New Perspectives on the Marketization of Religion and Spirituality

by Jean-Claude Usunier & Jörg Stolz

During the twentieth century, religion has gone on the market place. Churches and religious groups are forced to 'sell god' in order to be attractive to 'religious consumers'. More and more, religions are seen...


Understanding Deviance: Connecting Classical and Contemporary Perspectives

by Tammy L. Anderson

In this collection of 48 reprinted and completely original articles, Tammy Anderson gives her fellow instructors of undergraduate deviance a refreshing way to energize and revitalize their courses. [36 are reprints;...


The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America

by Amy Chua & Jed Rubenfeld

"That certain groups do much better in America than othersas measured by income, occupational status, test scores, and so onis difficult to talk about. In large part this is because the topic feels racially...


Worse Than Slavery

by David M. Oshinsky

The brutal conditions and inhuman treatment of African-Americans in Southern prisons has been immortalized in blues songs and in such movies as Cool Hand Luke. Now, drawing on police and prison records and oral...