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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 online forums....


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 including libraries, museums and archives. In this unique book established author...


Policing Digital Crime

by Robin Bryant & Sarah Bryant

By its very nature digital crime may present a number of specific detection and investigative challenges. The use of steganography to hide child abuse images for example, can pose the kind of technical and legislative...


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....


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

by Deborah Harris-Moore

Against the background of the so-called ‘obesity epidemic’, Media and the Rhetoric of Body Perfection critically examines the discourses of physical perfection that pervade Western societies, shedding new...


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

by Merlin Schaeffer

Exploring the debate within social sciences on the consequences of ethnic diversity for social cohesion and the production of public goods, this book draws on extensive survey data from Germany to engage with...


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...


Subversive Family

by Ferdinand Mount

British politician and writer, Ferdinand Mount, challenges contemporary beliefs about society and family—including the history of divorce, childcare, and the concept of the nuclear family.

In Subversive Family...


Female Alliances: Gender, Identity, and Friendship in Early Modern Britain

by Amanda E. Herbert

In the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, cultural, economic, and political changes, as well as increased geographic mobility, placed strains upon British society. But by cultivating friendships...


Field Experiments and Their Critics: Essays on the Uses and Abuses of Experimentation in the Social Sciences

by Dawn Langan Teele

In recent years, social scientists have engaged in a deep debate over the methods appropriate to their research. Their long reliance on passive observational collection of information has been challenged by...


Pantomime Terror: Music and Politics

by John Hutnyk

The war on terror thrives on pantomime demons, created and maintained by political opportunism, convenient stereotype and uncritical celebrity scholarship.


Vampires Are Us: Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side

by Margot Adler

"Vampires. Why do we care? In these pages you will find what is very simply, the most literate, imaginative, and just plain fascinating answer to that question ever written." -Whitley Strieber

In a culture that...


A Treatise on Good Robots

by Krzysztof Tchon & Wojciech W. Gasparski

This volume investigates the ways emerging technologies in the fields of robotics and bio-robotics are influencing society. It considers both the philosophical and technological study of robots, including what...


Paying For Welfare: Towards 2000

by Howard Glennerster

This is a third edition of a successful textbook that provides a contemporary account of how social services in the UK are paid for. The new edition brings the textbook up-to-date with its fast-moving subject...


Hardship & Health Womens Lives

by Hilary Graham

First published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Sociology of Postmodernism

by Dr Scott Lash

First published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


The History of Korea

by H. B. Hulbert

With a modern introduction by Clarence Weems, originally published in Seoul in 1905 to wide acclaim as the only authentic history of Korea from prehistory to the Twentieth Century, this two volume work remains...