• Philosophy

Power, action, and belief

a new sociology of knowledge?
Author: John Law
Publisher: Routledge Kegan & Paul
Category: Philosophy
Page: 280
View: 8901

    • Social Science

Contemporary Organization Theory

Author: Campbell Jones,Rolland Munro
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9781405132275
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
View: 455
This research monograph reviews the advances in thinking about organization, but also articulates a vision of the possible future of organization theory. Introduces and evaluates the work of eighteen key theorists writing over the last two decades. Comments directly on the approach of those writers who have most stimulated and enlargened the recent study of organization. Articulates a vision of the possible future of organization theory.

    • Social Science

A New Sociology of Work?

Author: Lynne Pettinger,Jane Perry,Rebecca Taylor,Miriam Glucksmann
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9781405139038
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
View: 812
This book asks what might be required of “a new sociology of work” and why such a project is vital for understanding people’s working lives at the start of the twenty-first century. A collection of essays examining the concept of work, questioning what constitutes work, and where work ends and other activities begin. Acknowledges the work that goes on outside formal employment, in the family, the community and within various institutions. Highlights the importance of understanding the broad range of experiences of work in order to provide a more meaningful account of people’s work practices. Draws on studies which explore how localized temporal, temporal and socio-economic factors shape people’s experiences. The editors develop a distinctive theoretical framework and draw together key conclusions and policy recommendations.

    • Social Science

Ideas of Difference

Social Spaces and the Labour of Division
Author: Kevin Hetherington,Rolland Munro
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9780631207689
Category: Social Science
Page: 312
View: 8117
This book introduces contemporary writing about difference through the idea of the labour of division. The contributors see divisions as artefacts that are not only produced in representations of the social but are performed as a continuous labour. Ideas of Difference will appeal to anyone working on identity, organizing, materiality, ethics or spatiality. In reversing the traditional 'division of labour'. the book puts the issue of difference in question. The issue is not so much that differences are reproduced through social constructions, but of identifying the work that social construction allows in creating, consuming and switching 'divisions'. Divisions are no longer seen as fixed, or natural, but are implicated in performing difference.

    • Social Science

Consumption Matters

The Production and Experience of Consumption
Author: Stephen Edgell,Kevin Hetherington,Alan Warde
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9780631203506
Category: Social Science
Page: 332
View: 5360
This up-to-date selection of papers considers some of the key changes in the patterning and social significance of consumption.

    • Business & Economics

The SAGE Handbook of Power

Author: Mark Haugaard
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1412934001
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 484
View: 7707
Power is arguably one of the key concepts within the social sciences. The SAGE Handbook of Power is the first touchstone for any student or researcher wishing to initiate themselves in the state of the art. Internationally acclaimed, Stewart R Clegg and Mark Haugaard have joined forces to select a collection of papers written by scholars with global reputations for excellence. These papers bridge different conceptual and theoretical positions and draw on many disciplines, including politics, sociology and cultural studies. The sweep and richness of the resulting handbook will help readers contextualise and grow their understanding of this dynamic and important subject area.

    • Social Science

The Sociology of Space

Materiality, Social Structures, and Action
Author: Martina Löw
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1349695688
Category: Social Science
Page: 303
View: 2738
In this book, the author develops a relational concept of space that encompasses social structure, the material world of objects and bodies, and the symbolic dimension of the social world. Löw’s guiding principle is the assumption that space emerges in the interplay between objects, structures and actions. Based on a critical discussion of classic theories of space, Löw develops a new dynamic theory of space that accounts for the relational context in which space is constituted. This innovative view on the interdependency of material, social, and symbolic dimensions of space also permits a new perspective on architecture and urban development.

    • Social Science

Boundless Worlds

An Anthropological Approach to Movement
Author: Peter Wynn Kirby
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9780857456977
Category: Social Science
Page: 242
View: 548
Where lived experience of surroundings is shifting, visceral, and immersive, interpretation of social spaces tends to be static and remote. "Space" and "place" are also often analyzed without grappling much (if at all) with the social, political, and historical roots of spatial practice. This volume embarks upon the novel strategy of focusing on movement as a way of understanding social spaces, which offers a means to get beyond biases inherent in the social science of space. Ethnographic studies of social life in settings as varied as nomadic Mongolia and island Melanesia, as distinct as contemporary Tokyo and war-torn Palestine, challenge Western assumptions about the universality of "space" and allow concrete understanding of how life plays out over different socio-cultural topographies. In a world that is becoming increasingly "bounded" in many ways - despite enormous changes wrought by technological, ideological, and other social developments - Boundless Worlds urges a scholarly turn, away from the purely global, toward the human dimension of social lives lived in conditions of conflict, upheaval, remapping, and improvisation through movement.

    • Social Science

Body Work in Health and Social Care

Critical Themes, New Agendas
Author: Julia Twigg,Carol Wolkowitz,Rachel Lara Cohen,Sarah Nettleton
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444345842
Category: Social Science
Page: 182
View: 2881
The first book to fully explore the multiple ways in which body work features in health and social care and the meanings of this work both for those employed to do it and those on whose bodies they work. Explores the commonalities between different sectors of work, including those outside health and social care Contributions come from an international range of experts Draws on perspectives from across the medical, therapeutic, and care fields Incorporates a variety of methodological approaches, from life history analysis to ethnographic studies and first person accounts

    • Education

Toward a New Sociology of Education

Author: John Beck
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9781412840187
Category: Education
Page: 569
View: 4298
By including material from literary, philosophical, and anthropological sources, and by selecting readings which consider educational practice both within and beyond formal educational contexts, this book broadens the character of sociological inquiry in education. The editors bring together material they have found valuable when working with students of education and DEGREESsociology at all levels. Many of these articles and extracts are either inaccessible or have not been reprinted. The collection should stimulate inquiry about the assumptions underlying current debates on curriculum, streaming, school organization, methods of teaching, and preconceived notions of ability. Toward a Sociology of Education develops an alternative theoretical approach to and engages in critical dialogue with mainstream sociology, and also points to other theoretical and practical probabilities.

    • Social Science

The Meaning of General Theoretical Sociology

Tradition and Formalization
Author: Thomas J. Fararo
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521437950
Category: Social Science
Page: 404
View: 8973
This book sets out a generative structuralist conception of general theoretical sociology; its philosophy, its problems, and its methods. The field is defined as a comprehensive research tradition with many intersecting subtraditions that share conceptual components.

    • Social Science

Live Methods

Author: Les Back,Nirmal Puwar
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9781444339598
Category: Social Science
Page: 212
View: 3401
A study of live methods including experimentation, attentiveness, collaboration, multi-media platforms, public sociology, the game of social life and research, idiotic methods, scavenging, mapping and topologies Global in scope and inter-woven by theoretical and methodological considerations Chapters emerge from the Methods Lab at Goldsmiths University which is committed to developing inventive ways of 'doing sociology' Studies the practice of sociological imagination and the aim is to make social research responsive to social life - to bring it alive

    • Adult learning

More Than It Seems

Household Work and Lifelong Learning
Author: Margrit Eichler,Patrizia Albanese,Susan Ferguson,Nicky Hyndman,Lichun Willa Liu,Ann Mattews
Publisher: Canadian Scholars’ Press
ISBN: 0889614814
Category: Adult learning
Page: 280
View: 9913
Household work is an essential part of many people's lives, yet all too often it is rendered invisible. More Than It Seems aims not only to make this vitally important work visible, but also to reconsider it as a source of learning. Drawing on a large study conducted in Canada, the authors consider diverse forms of household work, including carework. They highlight the experiences of people at the margins -- including immigrants, Aboriginal women, people with disabilities, nannies, and people who provide and receive care -- and analyze those experiences through the prism of lifelong learning theory. The result is a pioneering work that challenges our assumptions about both household work and lifelong learning.

    • Political Science

The New Sociology of Economic Behaviour

Author: Ralph Fevre
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412931991
Category: Political Science
Page: 277
View: 3644
What are the solid achievements of the sociology of economic behaviour? What have been the main failures and omissions? How will the subject develop? In this assured and timely volume, the author demonstrates how the sociology of economic behaviour was hijacked by the economic sociology which grew out of Parsons' interpretation of Weber. This development meant that the moral considerations of classical sociology only received attention as means to economic ends. Economic sociology is based on insupportable assumptions about the power of economic rationality which also obscures the political nature of economic behaviour. The book seeks to revitalize the classical approach and introduces students to the essential ideas in the field. It also shows researchers and graduate students how to make use of concepts like demoralization, cheap labour, dignity at work and a fair day's pay to develop critiques of current economic arrangements.

    • Education

Management of Education in the Information Age

The Role of ICT
Author: Ian D. Selwood,A. Fung,Christopher D. O'Mahoney
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0387356894
Category: Education
Page: 212
View: 650
This volume presents findings and insights from contemporary thinking and research on the application of Information Technology in Educational Management. It analyzes the ways in which ICT has been used, across a range of educational institutions, to support various aspects of educational management. It is the latest in a series of books produced by IFIP Working Group 3.7.

    • Business & Economics

Making Projects Critical

Author: Damian Hodgson,Svetlana Cicmil
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137192305
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 376
View: 5918
Making Projects Critical is an edited collection contributed by a range of international scholars linking the area of project management with critical management perspectives. Challenging recent debates on inherent problems in project management, the text considers project management within a wider organizational and societal context.

    • Medical

Pharmaceuticals and Society

Critical Discourses and Debates
Author: Simon J. Williams,Jonathan Gabe,Peter Davis
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405190841
Category: Medical
Page: 160
View: 8504
Drawing on the latest international sociological research, this monograph takes a critical look at contemporary developments, discourses and debate on pharmaceuticals and society. Key issues covered include: Pharmaceuticals and medicalisation The science and politics of drug development, testing and regulation Constructions of pharmaceuticals in professional and popular culture The meaning and use of medications in everyday life Pharmaceuticals, consumerism and citizenship Innovation and expectations regarding pharmaceutical futures Pharmaceuticals and the Internet Written in a lively, accessible style, with many engaging and important insights from key international figures in the field, this timely and topical monograph will appeal to a truly interdisciplinary audience of students, academics, researchers, professionals, practitioners and policy makers with an in interest in pharmaceuticals and society.

    • Social Science

Biosocial Matters

Rethinking the Sociology-Biology Relations in the Twenty-First Century
Author: Maurizio Meloni,Simon J. Williams,Paul Martin
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9781119236511
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
View: 9441
Biosocial Matters: Rethinking the Sociology-Biology Relations in the Twenty-First Century features a collection of readings from scholars on the vanguard of a reframing of biology/society debates within the sociological disciplines. Brings together voices who are contributing to a reframing of the biology/sociology debate within sociology and sister disciplines such as anthropology, history, and philosophy Gathers theoretical and historically-oriented contributions to gain an understanding of the current renegotiation of the biological/social boundaries Presents in-depth analyses of two frontiers of ongoing biology/sociology debates: epigenetics and neuroscience Reveals how a new biosocial terrain can revitalize both sociology and the biological imagination