Sociology

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Academic and general interest in environmental crimes, harms, and threats, as well as in environmental legislation and regulation, has grown sharply in recent years.
The Routledge International Handbook of Race, Class, and Gender chronicles the development, growth, history, impact, and future direction of race, gender, and class studies from a multidisciplina...
Over the last decade or so, the field of science and technology studies (STS) has become an intellectually dynamic interdisciplinary arena.
Human-animal studies is an academic field that has grown exponentially over the past decade.
Citizenship studies is at a crucial moment of globalizing as a field.
Participatory design is about the direct involvement of people in the co-design of the technologies they use.
Communicating science and technology is a high priority of many research and policy institutions, a concern of many other private and public bodies, and an established subject of training and educatio...
If today students of social theory read Jurgen Habermas, Michel Foucault and Anthony Giddens, then proper regard to the question of culture means that they should also read Raymond Williams, Stuart Ha...
Today, the risks associated with global environmental change and the dangers of extreme climatic and geological events remind us of humanity’s dependence on favourable environmental conditions.
Surveillance is a central organizing practice.
Over the past decade there has been a remarkable flowering of interest in food and nutrition, both within the popular media and in academia.
Over the past two decades there has been great interest in cosmopolitanism across the human and social sciences.
The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies presents the enduring debates and emerging challenges in crime and justice studies from an international and multi-disciplinary perspe...
In the last three decades, the human body has gained increasing prominence in contemporary political debates, and it has become a central topic of modern social sciences and humanities.
The impact of mass media on individuals and society is to a great extent based on human emotions.
In mapping out the field of human rights for those studying and researching within both humanities and social science disciplines, the Handbook of Human Rights not only provides a solid foundation for...
The triangular relationship between the social, the political and the cultural has opened up social and political theory to new challenges.
As the time-scales of natural change accelerate and converge with those of society, Routledge Handbook of Climate Change and Society takes the reader into largely uncharted territory in its exploratio...
The current era is marked by an unparalleled level of human migration, the consequence of both recent and long-term political, economic, cultural, social, demographic and technological developments.
The Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies offers an exceptionally clear overview of the analysis of identity in the social sciences, and in so doing seeks to develop a new agenda for identity-studies...
‘The welfare state’ in all its many forms has had a profound role in many countries around the world since at least the Second World War.
This book provides a comprehensive and authoritative account and analysis of restorative justice, one of the most rapidly growing phenomena in the field of criminology and justice studies.
World-systems analysis has developed rapidly over the past thirty years.
The Handbook of Cultural Sociology provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary scholarship in sociology and related disciplines focused on the complex relations of culture to social structures a...
This classic and invaluable reference Handbook, written for sex researchers and their students, has now been completely revised in a new edition complete with its own companion website.
This innovative publication maps out the broad and interdisciplinary field of contemporary European social theory.
The Routledge Handbook of European Sociology explores the main aspects of the work and scholarship of European sociologists during the last sixty years (1950-2010), a period that has sh...
An authoritative Handbook which offers a discussion of the social, political, ethical and economic consequences and implications of the new bio-sciences.
Recent enlargement to the east made the European Union a more diverse social space and brought it into more direct contact with the social and cultural aftermath of communism.
In recent years the concept of ‘diversity’ has gained a leading place in academic thought, business practice and public policy worldwide.
Since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) children’s rights have assumed a central position in a wide variety of disciplines and policies.
The sociology of sport is a core discipline within the academic study of sport.
Once treated as the absence of knowledge, ignorance today has become a highly influential topic in its own right, commanding growing attention across the natural and social sciences where a wide range...
The parameters within which young people live their lives have changed radically.
The Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies offers a comprehensive and unique study of the multi-disciplinary field of international migration and asylum studies.
"Handbook on Evolution and Society" brings together original chapters by prominent scholars who have been instrumental in the revival of evolutionary theorizing and research in the social sciences ove...
The Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art integrates and reviews current scholarship in the field of graffiti and street art.
The second edition of the Routledge International Handbook of Globalization Studies offers students clear and informed chapters on the history of globalization and key theories that have considered th...
The Ashgate Research Companion to Black Sociology provides the most up to date exploration and analysis of research focused on Blacks in America.
The Handbook of Social Justice in Loss and Grief is a scholarly work of social criticism, richly grounded in personal experience, evocative case studies, and current multicultural and sociocultural th...
The study of Cosmopolitanism has been transformed in the last 20 years and the subject itself has become highly discussed across the social sciences and the humanities.
The Ashgate Research Companion to Giorgio Vasari brings together the world's foremost experts on Vasari as well as up-and-coming scholars to provide, at the 500th anniversary of his birth, a comprehen...
Fans constitute a very special kind of audience.
The Ashgate Research Companion to Moral Panics offers a comprehensive assemblage of cutting-edge critical and theoretical perspectives on the concept of moral panic.
The Ashgate Research Companion to Lesbian and Gay Activism provides scholars and students with a comprehensive and authoritative state-of-the-art review of the current research in this subject.
Memory has long been a subject of fascination for poets, artists, philosophers and historians.
It is over 40 years since we began to reflect upon risk in a more social than technological and economic fashion, firstly making sense of the gap between expert and public assessment of risks, such as...
This is the first handbook to cover the sociological approaches to higher education.
The Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism 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 mu...
This interdisciplinary volume of thirty original essays engages with four key concerns of queer theoretical work - identity, discourse, normativity and relationality.
Despite the much vaunted ’end of religion’ and the growth of secularism, people are engaging like never before in their own ’spiritualities of life’.
Rural societies around the world are changing in fundamental ways, both at their own initiative and in response to external forces.
Since the 1990s, in response to dramatic transformations in the worlds of technology and the economy, design - a once relatively definable discipline, complete with a set of sub-disciplines - has beco...
Latina/o popular culture has experienced major growth and change with the expanding demographic of Latina/os in mainstream media.
Comprehensive and authoritative, this state-of-the-art review both charts and develops the rich sub-discipline geographies of sexualities, exploring sex-gender, sexuality and sexual practices.
Few issues have engaged sports scholars more than those of race and ethnicity.
The second and completely revised edition of the Routledge Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood draws on the work of leading academics from four continents in order to introduce up-to-date perspectiv...
The Routledge Companion to Media and Race serves as a comprehensive guide for scholars, students, and media professionals who seek to understand the key debates about the impact of media messages on r...
Comprised of 43 innovative contributions, this companion is both an overview of, and intervention into the field of cinema and gender.
Physical cultural studies (PCS) is a dynamic and rapidly developing field of study.
In the context of the increasing global movement of people and a growing evidence base for differing outcomes in child welfare, Routledge Handbook of Global Child Welfare provides a compelling ac...
Consumption research is burgeoning across a wide range of disciplines.
The Handbook of the Sociology of Death, Grief, and Bereavement sets issues of death and dying in a broad and holistic social context.
As a cultivated form of invention, product design is a deeply human phenomenon that enables us to shape, modify and alter the world around us ? for better or worse.
Few issues apply universally to people as poignantly as death and dying.
Veils and veiling are controversial topics in social and political life, generating debates across the world.
Handbook of Human Behaviour and the Social Environment is a compendium of new theories for all aspects of social work practice.
The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality is a vibrant and authoritative exploration of the ways in which sex and sexualities are mediated in modern media and everyday life.
Trafficking in human beings (THB) has been described as modern slavery.
Cultural policy intersects with political, economic, and socio-cultural dynamics at all levels of society, placing high and often contradictory expectations on the capabilities and capacities of the m...
The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health offers the most comprehensive collection of theoretical and applied writings to date with which students, scholars, researchers and pract...
In recent years, the Leveson Inquiry in Great Britain, as well as the EU High-Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism, have stirred heated debates about media accountability and media self-regulati...
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