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Chrysalis Effect: The Metamorphosis of Global Culture

by Philip Slater

The Chrysalis Effect shows that the chaos and conflict experienced worldwide today are the result of a global cultural metamorphosis, one which has accelerated so rapidly in recent decades as to provoke fierce...


Societies of Social Innovation: Voices and Arguments

by Ander Gurrutxaga Abad

Social innovation is a concept that is associated with a range of experiences, dimensions, and fields within the language of management and economics and in the social and productive uses of technology, and...


The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream

by Sam Gennawey & Jeff Kurtti

The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream is the story of how Walt Disney’s greatest creation was conceived, nurtured, and how it grew into a source of joy and inspiration...


To Create: Black Writers, Filmmakers, Storytellers, Artists, and Media-Makers Riff on Art, Careers, Life, and the Beautiful Mess in Between

by Felicia Pride

To Create is a collection of illuminating interviews with an eclectic set of black artists—including Harry Belafonte, Method Man, Nikki Giovanni, Edwidge Danticat, Edward P. Jones, Booker T. Mattison, and more—as...


US Guys: The True and Twisted Mind of the American Man

by Charlie LeDuff

From the New York Times bestselling author of Detroit: An American Autopsy

“A fearless, clear eyed companion into parts of America that rarely see print.”—Entertainment Weekly

Charlie LeDuff has made a career...


Urban Ills: Twenty-first-Century Complexities of Urban Living in Global Contexts

by Carol Camp Yeakey, Vetta Sanders Thompson & Anjanette Wells

Urban Ills: Confronting Twenty First Century Dilemmas of Urban Living in Global Contexts brings together original research by a wide array of interdisciplinary scholars to examine contemporary dilemmas impacting...


Holy Terror

by Mel White

The best-selling author of Stranger at the Gate returns with an insider's exposé of the origins of the Christian fundamentalist movement and how its virulent anti-gay agenda has led to the rise of the Tea Party...


Irresistible Revolution

by Urvashi Vaid

From one of the nation's best-known and most widely-respected LGBT leaders comes an impassioned and informed argument for gay equality to move beyond the limiting confines of the equality movement. The LGBT...


Raised Up Down Yonder: Growing Up Black in Rural Alabama

by Angela McMillan Howell

Raised Up Down Yonder attempts to shift focus away from why black youth are "problematic" to explore what their daily lives actually entail. Howell travels to the small community of Hamilton, Alabama, to investigate...


Sport and Social Movements: From the Local to the Global

by John Horne & Parissa Safai

From neighborhood coalitions organizing against the building of a sport facility for professional sports teams subsidized by public funds, to global campaigns for equity for women in sport, to worldwide bans...


Using Corpora to Analyze Gender

by Paul Baker

Corpus linguistics uses specialist software to identify linguistic patterns in large computerised collections of text - patterns which then must be interpreted and explained by human researchers.

This book critically...


Living Beings: Perspectives on Interspecies Engagements

by Penny Dransart & James Staples

Living Beings examines the vital characteristics of social interactions between living beings, including humans, other animals and trees.

Many discussions of such relationships highlight the exceptional qualities...


Brezhnev and the Decline of the Soviet Union

by Thomas Crump

Leonid Brezhnev was leader of the Soviet Union from 1964-1982, a longer period than any other Soviet leader apart from Stalin. During Brezhnev's time Soviet power seemed at its height and increasing. Living...


Women in Modern Burma

by Tharaphi Than

This book challenges the popular notion that Burmese women are powerful and are granted equal rights as men by society. Throughout history Burmese women have been represented as powerful and as having equal...


The Politics of Expertise

by Stephen P. Turner

This book collects case studies and theoretical papers on expertise, focusing on four major themes: legitimation, the aggregation of knowledge, the distribution of knowledge and the distribution of power. It...


Managing Social Change and Social Policy in Greater China: Welfare Regimes in Transition

by Ka Ho Mok & Maggie K. W. Lau

East Asia is at the heart of the global economic transformation, and the countries of the region are witnessing rapidly changing labour markets, alongside the pressure to cut production costs and lower taxes...


Popular Music Fandom: Identities, Roles and Practices

by Mark Duffett

This book explores popular music fandom from a cultural studies perspective that incorporates popular music studies, audience research, and media fandom. The essays draw together recent work on fandom in popular...


Revisiting Institutionalism in Sociology: Putting the Institution Back in Institutional Analysis

by Seth Abrutyn

There may not be a concept so central to sociology, yet so vaguely defined in its contemporary usages, than institution. In Revisiting Institutionalism in Sociology, Abrutyn takes an in-depth look at what institutions...


Green Consumption: The Global Rise of Eco-Chic

by Bart Barendregt & Rivke Jaffe

Green lifestyles and ethical consumption have become increasingly popular strategies in moving towards environmentally-friendly societies and combating global poverty. Where previously environmentalists saw...


The Dialectics of Inquiry Across the Historical Social Sciences

by David Baronov

This book turns conventional global-historical analysis on its head, demonstrating, first, that local events cannot be derived - logically or historically - from large-scale, global-historical structures and...