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The Bureaucrat and the Poor: Encounters in French Welfare Offices

by Dubois

Welfare offices usually attract negative descriptions of bureaucracy with their queues, routines, and impersonal nature. Are they anonymous machines or the locus of neutral service relationships? Showing how...


The Knowledge Business: The Commodification of Urban and Housing Research

by Allen & Imrie

This book provides a critique of the knowledge business, and describes and evaluates its different manifestations in, and impacts on, the university sector. Its focus is the social sciences and, in particular,...


Family Configurations: A Structural Approach to Family Diversity

by D. Widmer

Family Configurations develops current scholarship on families and intimate lives by demonstrating that family relationships, far from being fluid and inconsequential, are more structured and committed than...


Consumption Challenged: Food in Medialised Everyday Lives

by Halkier

With its innovative theoretical approach and rich empirical data relating particularly to the field of food consumption, Consumption Challenged will appeal not only to sociologists of consumption, risk and the...


Progress or Perish: Northern Perspectives on Social Change

by Linjakumpu & Wallenius-Korkalo

Multidisciplinary in nature, Progress or Perish brings together the work of leading scholars to explore the changes that individual and social agency can effect. It engages with the wider theoretical and methodological...


The Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism

by Ivison

This Companion brings together a collection of new essays by leading and emerging scholars in the humanities and social sciences on some of the key issues facing multiculturalism today. It offers scholars and...


Generations: The Time Machine in Theory and Practice

by Burnett

Generations: The Time Machine in Theory and Practice challenges the fragmented and diverse use of the concept of generation commonly found in the social sciences. Its innovative and exciting view of the field...


Transatlantic Voyages and Sociology: The Migration and Development of Ideas

by Schrecker

Transatlantic Voyages and Sociology explores the transatlantic journeys which have inspired American and European sociologists and contributed to the development of sociology in Europe and in North America....


Spirituality and Social Work

by R. Crisp

Social work has often sought to distance itself from its religious roots and consequently sidelined the role of spirituality in the lives of service users. In this path-breaking book Beth Crisp discusses how...


Pathways to Excessive Gambling: A Societal Perspective on Youth and Adult Gambling Pursuits

by Fabiansson

Pathways to Excessive Gambling draws upon extensive empirical research amongst young people and problem gamblers in Australia and compares it with situations in other territories to shed light on social, recreational...


Collectivistic Religions: Religion, Choice, and Identity in Late Modernity

by Jakelic

Collectivistic Religions draws upon empirical studies of Christianity in Europe to address questions of religion and collective identity, religion and nationalism, religion and public life, and religion and...


Advertising and Cultural Politics in Global Times

by Odih

Advertising and Cultural Politics in Global Times traces daringly transgressive convergences between cultural politics and global advertising media. By drawing on the work of Baudrillard, Giroux, Foucault, Castells...


Professional Discretion in Welfare Services: Beyond Street-Level Bureaucracy

by Evans

Professional discretion has re-emerged as an issue of central importance in social work as a reaction to the intensification of management culture across the public sector. This book presents an innovative framework...


Inclusion and Exclusion of Young Adult Migrants in Europe: Barriers and Bridges

by Fangen & Fossan

A carefully organized and comprehensive exploration of the exclusion and inclusion of young adult migrants in Europe, this volume will appeal to social scientists with interests in migration, population change,...


Migrating Genders: Westernisation, Migration, and Samoan Fa'afafine

by Schmidt

Drawing on rich empirical material, this book tells of both the diversity and the uniqueness of fa'afafine identities, aspects which fa'afafine have maintained in the face of Westernization, migration, and cultural...


My God, My Land: Interwoven Paths of Christianity and Tradition in Fiji

by Ryle

Examining the multifaceted nature of Christianity in Fiji, My God, My Land reveals the deeply complex and often paradoxical dynamics and tensions between the processes of change and continuity within the everyday...


Disability Hate Crimes: Does Anyone Really Hate Disabled People?

by Sherry

Disability hate crimes are a global problem. They are often violent and hyper-aggressive, with life-changing effects on victims, and they send consistent messages of intolerance and bigotry. This ground-breaking...


Multifaceted Identity of Interethnic Young People: Chameleon Identities

by Choudhry

Demonstrating both that identity is fluid and multifaceted rather than fixed, and that people of an interethnic background do not necessarily experience identity conflict as proposed by some social scientists,...


Culture, Bodies and the Sociology of Health

by Ettorre

Culture, Bodies and the Sociology of Health explores the boundaries between bodies and society with special reference to uncovering the cultural components of health and the ways in which bodies are categorized...


Being the Chosen: Exploring a Christian Fundamentalist Worldview

by Scott Jones

Being the Chosen explores Christian fundamentalism in the USA, focusing particularly on the belief system of Protestant fundamentalists. It establishes the key characteristics of these Protestant fundamentalists...