Riding Toward Everywhere

By William T. Vollmann

Arelentlessly curious, perpetually delicate, and unequivocally adventurous examiner of human life, William T. Vollmann now takes to the rails. within the corporation of skilled fellow train-hopper Steve, Vollmann trawls the secretive waters of a distinct underground lifestyle—subjecting either our nationwide romance with and skepticism concerning the hobo existence to his finely tuned, analytical eye. sporting on within the footloose culture of Huckleberry Finn, he deals a relocating, strikingly smooth imaginative and prescient of the yank dream, brilliantly exploring either our deeply ingrained romanticizing of "freedom" and the myriad methods we limit the very freedoms we profess to admire.

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Queer Media Images: LGBT Perspectives

By Jason Zingsheim

Queer Media photos: LGBT Perspectives provides fifteen chapters that handle how the homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered groups are depicted within the media. This assortment specializes in how the LGBT group has been silenced or given voice during the media. via a examine of queer media photos, this ebook scrutinizes LGBT media representations and the way those representations give a contribution to a discussion approximately civil rights for this marginalized group. whereas the communique self-discipline has been open to the LGBT group, there was a lack of released examine and a marginalizing or tokenizing of the queer voice. via a learn of media representations, this exact assortment presents a image into the problems surrounding LGBT id in the course of a time whilst the safety of Marriage Act is termed into query and explores what it skill to review photographs via a queer lens.

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The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life

By Elijah Anderson

An acclaimed sociologist illuminates the general public lifetime of an American urban, delivering a massive reinterpretation of the racial dynamics in America.

Elijah Anderson, known as "one of our greatest city ethnographers" by means of the New York instances e-book Review, introduces the concept that of the "cosmopolitan canopy": the city islands of civility amid segregated ghettos, suburbs, and ethnic enclaves.

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Zygmunt Bauman (Key Sociologists)

By Tony Blackshaw

This well timed ebook presents the definitive concise creation to the phenomenon of Zygmunt Bauman. After introducing the guy, his significant affects and his detailed method of 'thinking sociologically', writer Blackshaw lines the improvement of Bauman's venture through deciding upon and explaining the foremost shifts of emphasis in his paintings – the holiday with Marxism and the postmodern 'turn', and the next refocusing on 'liquid' modernity – in addition to providing a transparent and available consultant to the most important conceptual hinges which stream the reader on.

This booklet, the single concise advent to Bauman's paintings at the market, is going directly to clarify the significance of the total diversity of continual topics pertaining to Bauman, dealing particularly with individualization, freedom, identification, neighborhood, social keep an eye on, intake and waste, construction a penetrating knowing of why those concerns topic for this Key Sociologist.

Bauman's principles have impacted past sociology into criminology, political idea, cultural experiences, relaxation reviews etc, and feature additionally now penetrated outdoor the partitions of the academy into social coverage, welfare reform, social paintings and politics. utilising pedagogical good points corresponding to boxed sections, bankruptcy summaries, an annotated bibliography and hyperlinks to additional reading, this well-written textual content assumes no earlier familiarity with Bauman's paintings and may attract an individual in any of those fields wishing to get familiar with the guidelines of 1 of the world's so much wide-ranging thinkers.

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The Practice of Eating

This booklet reconstructs and extends sociological techniques to the knowledge of nutrition intake. It identifies new how one can method the reason of nutrition selection and it develops new strategies on the way to support reshape and reorient universal understandings. prime sociologist of foodstuff, Alan Warde, bargains either with summary concerns approximately theories of perform and substantial analyses of elements of consuming, demonstrating how theories of perform will be elaborated and systematically utilized to the task of eating.

The booklet falls into elements. the 1st half establishes a foundation for a practice-theoretic account of consuming. Warde reports learn on consuming, introduces theories of perform and constructs consuming as a systematic item. the second one half develops key options for the research of consuming as a convention, displaying how recommendations like behavior, regimen, embodiment, repetition and conference may be utilized to provide an explanation for how consuming is organised and coordinated throughout the new release, replica and transformation of a large number of person performances.

The perform of Eating hence addresses either substantial difficulties in regards to the rationalization of nutrients conduct and at present arguable concerns in social thought, illustrated through targeted empirical research of a few features of latest culinary existence. it is going to turn into required interpreting for college students and students of nutrients and intake in a variety of disciplines, from sociology, anthropology and cultural reports to foodstuff reports, culinary stories and nutrients technology.

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Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present

A shiny background of the economics of greed advised throughout the tales of these significant figures basically in charge.
 
Age of Greed indicates how the single-minded and egocentric pursuit of colossal own wealth has been at the upward push within the usa over the past 40 years. fiscal journalist Jeff Madrick tells this tale via incisive profiles of the participants liable for this dramatic shift in our country’s fortunes, from the architects of the free-market financial philosophy (such as Milton Friedman and Alan Greenspan) to the politicians and businessmen (including Nixon, Reagan, Boesky, and Soros) who placed it into perform. Their tales element how a flow before everything conceived as an ethical conflict for freedom as an alternative caused a few of our nation's so much urgent fiscal difficulties, together with the serious monetary inequity and instability the US suffers from this present day. this is often an indispensible advisor to figuring out the 1 percent.

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Fury: Women Write About Sex, Power and Violence

By Meena Kandasamy, Helen Razer, Anne Summers, Van Vadham, Many Sayer, Susan Chenery, Nancy Lombard, Ruth Hessey, Clem Bastow, Marg

In Fury: girls write approximately intercourse, energy and violence, sixteen unparalleled writers, led by means of editor Samantha Trenoweth, placed violence opposed to ladies into the spotlight.

Their views diversity from the searingly own to the certainly political. What emerges is an interesting exploration of the facility dynamic among women and men, and a few inventive recommendations to deal with the inequalities equipped into it.

Mandy Sayer provides a relocating account of her adolescence spent fleeing a violent stepfather; Anne Summers revisits the anarchic early days of the women's shelter circulate; Van Badham and Susan Chenery supply bills of violence in suburban Australia and pastoral Tuscany that recommend even the neatest girls are liable to attack; Indian poet and novelist Meena Kandasamy addresses rape tradition at the subcontinent; and encouraging younger activist Fahma Mohamed writes of her campaign opposed to girl genital mutilation.

In fresh occasions, we've seen girlfriends shot of their toilets and thrown from balconies; moms and youngsters became clear of underfunded refuges; girls raped on Indian buses, American campuses, and in Australian houses. It's time we spoke of it. Fury explores the intersection among tradition, gender and social switch via voices which are passionate, insightful and, particularly, empowering.

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Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings

By Miriam Schneir

Listed below are the fundamental historic writings of feminism. lots of those works, lengthy out of print or forgotten in what Miriam Schneir describes as a male-dominated literary culture, are ultimately introduced out of obscurity and into the sunshine of latest research and feedback. incorporated are greater than 40 choices, coveting a hundred and fifty years of writings on women's fight for freedom -- from the yankee Revolution to the 1st many years of the 20 th century.

This up-to-date, wide-ranging assortment encompasses the an important problems with women's oppression. a shocking measure of continuity among the information of the outdated and the hot feminism is clear all through. In her choice, Miriam Schneir has by way of handed writings that deal completely with the outmoded subject of suffrage so as to concentration awareness at the nonetheless unsolved feminist difficulties: marriage as an device of oppression; woman's wish to regulate her personal physique; the industrial independence of ladies; the quest for selfhood.

This richly assorted assortment comprises excerpts from books, essays, speeches, files, letters, in addition to poetry, drama, and fiction. vast commentaries through the editor support the reader see the historic context of every choice.

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A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America

By James E. McWilliams

Sugar, red meat, beer, corn, cider, scrapple, and hoppin' John all grew to become staples within the nutrition of colonial the USA. The methods american citizens cultivated and ready foodstuff and the values they attributed to it performed an incredible function in shaping the id of the child country. In A Revolution in consuming, James E. McWilliams offers a colourful and lively travel of culinary attitudes, tastes, and methods all through colonial America.

Confronted by means of unusual new animals, vegetation, and landscapes, settlers within the colonies and West Indies discovered new how you can produce meals. Integrating their British and ecu tastes with the calls for and bounty of the rugged American surroundings, early american citizens built a variety of neighborhood cuisines. From the kitchen tables of standard Puritan households to Iroquois longhouses within the backcountry and slave kitchens on southern plantations, McWilliams portrays the grand type and inventiveness that characterised colonial delicacies. As colonial the US grew, so did its palate, as interactions between eu settlers, local american citizens, and African slaves created new dishes and attitudes approximately nutrition. McWilliams considers how Indian corn, as soon as inspiration through the colonists as "fit for swine," grew to become a fixture within the colonial vitamin. He additionally examines the ways that African slaves motivated West Indian and American southern cuisine.

While a mania for all issues British was once a unifying function of eighteenth-century food, the colonies came upon a countrywide beverage in locally brewed beer, which got here to represent harmony and loyalty to the patriotic reason within the innovative period. The beer and alcohol additionally instigated remarkable exchange one of the colonies and extra built-in colonial conduct and tastes. Victory within the American Revolution initiated a "culinary assertion of independence," prompting the antimonarchical conduct of simplicity, frugality, and frontier ruggedness to outline American delicacies. McWilliams demonstrates that this used to be a shift no longer rather a lot in new parts or cooking tools, as within the approach american citizens imbued meals and delicacies with values that proceed to form American attitudes to at the present time.

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Sociology: A Biosocial Introduction

By Rosemary L. Hopcroft

In an period of human genome examine, environmental demanding situations, new reproductive applied sciences, and extra, scholars can take advantage of an introductory sociology textual content that may be a biologically educated. This leading edge textual content integrates mainstream sociological study in all parts of sociology with a scientifically-informed version of an developed, organic human actor. this article permits scholars to higher comprehend their emotional, social, and institutional worlds. It additionally illustrates how organic knowing evidently complements the sociological technique. This grounding of sociology in a biosocial notion of the person actor is coupled with a comparative method, as human biology is common and sometimes unearths itself as adaptations on issues throughout human cultures. Tables, Figures, images, and the author's concise and remarkably energetic type make this a really relaxing e-book to learn and train.

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