Being Sociological

Author: Steve Matthewman
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781137321725
Release Date: 2013-03-13
Genre: Social Science

Sociology throws new light on the world we think we know. It can challenge long-held assumptions and it offers a spectrum of possibilities to extend our understandings of everyday life, politics, culture and relationships. It opens our eyes to alternatives for tackling social problems and connects every one of us to each other. Being Sociological is an entertaining, inspiring, intelligent introduction to this vast and illuminating subject. Each chapter follows a clear path through a core sociological process – from working and consuming to believing and communicating. With intriguing examples, clear definitions of essential jargon and stimulating theoretical explanation, the book focuses on the most important issues and ideas that inform sociology. The new edition: • Expands the international range of examples and voices represented • Draws on expertise of leading academic contributors from across seven countries • Includes even more coverage of hot topics in new chapters on globalization and the environment • Uses a clear structure throughout each chapter to ease the reading experience • Aids understanding and learning with new features, including discussion points, annotated suggestions for further reading, an expanded glossary, and enhanced web support at http://www.palgrave.com/sociology/matthewman2e. This is the resource all students new to the subject need in order to start their sociological journey with understanding, knowledge, imagination and confidence.

Disasters Risks and Revelation

Author: Steve Matthewman
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137294265
Release Date: 2016-04-29
Genre: Social Science

Disasters are part of the modern condition, a source of physical anxiety and existential angst, and they are increasing in frequency, cost and severity. Drawing on both disaster research and social theory, this book offers a critical examination of their causes, consequences and future avoidance.

Technology and Social Theory

Author: Steve Matthewman
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9780230343955
Release Date: 2011-09-08
Genre: Social Science

From the everyday and unnoticed to the newsworthy and cutting edge, technology is undoubtedly a fundamental element of our daily lives. While saving us time and effort, it can also shape our environment, mediate our relationships, and simultaneously solve problems and create new ones. In studying technology we gain an insight into how society is constructed, maintained and transformed. Unravelling and explaining the complex connections between technology and the social contexts in which it is used, Technology and Social Theory guides the reader through 150 years of thinking in this ever evolving field. The chapters critically evaluate a broad range of theorists, from Marx to Foucault, Orwell to Elias, alongside empirical examples which show theory in action. The significance of technology is assessed within both public spheres and intimate spaces, shedding light on its integral role in society. Showing how theory maps the way for further research, and in turn how new advances in research can inform theory, this book is invaluable reading for students and researchers in Sociology, Social theory, Science and Technology Studies and the Media.

Renewable Energy Governance

Author: Evanthie Michalena
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781447155959
Release Date: 2013-11-29
Genre: Business & Economics

This book focuses on Renewable Energy (RE) governance - the institutions, plans, policies and stakeholders that are involved in RE implementation - and the complexities and challenges associated with this much discussed energy area. Whilst RE technologies have advanced and become cheaper, governance schemes rarely support those technologies in an efficient and cost-effective way. To illustrate the problem, global case-studies delicately demonstrate successes and failures of renewable energy governance. RE here is considered from a number of perspectives: as a regional geopolitical agent, as a tool to meet national RE targets and as a promoter of local development. The book considers daring insights on RE transitions, governmental policies as well as financial tools, such as Feed-in-Tariffs; along with their inefficiencies and costs. This comprehensive probing of RE concludes with a treatment of what we call the “Mega-What” question - who is benefitting the most from RE and how society can get the best deal? After reading this book, the reader will have been in contact with all aspects of RE governance and be closer to the pulse of RE mechanisms. The reader should also be able to contribute more critically to the dialogue about RE rather than just reinforce the well-worn adage that “RE is a good thing to happen”.

Exploring Society

Author: Chris Brickell
Publisher: Auckland University Press
ISBN: 9781776710287
Release Date: 2019-07-07
Genre: Social Science

A brand new edition of the bestselling sociology textbook, written by New Zealand’s leadingsociologists for New Zealand students. To stores 1 February 2019 for first semester adoptions.This is a 4th edition of New Zealand’s leading sociology textbook. The book introduces sociological concepts andmethods before investigating key areas of sociology (class, race, gender, family life, health, death, work, the city,populations, technology, religion, leisure and crime) through the New Zealand experience.The book includes many useful pedagogical features:• key word definitions and push text in the margins• key themes highlighted• study questions• further reading• engaging full colour photography• case studies written by working sociologists.This 4th edition has been revised and rewritten throughout by a renewed author team. Key changes include:• data, examples and case studies completely updated• chapters re-ordered and a new chapter on death added to reflect requests from departments using the bookas a teaching text• more emphasis on tikanga and kaupapa Maori• refreshed photograph selection with a local focusExploring Society is an engaging, comprehensive and up to date introduction for New Zealand sociology students.

Pornography

Author: Simon Stephens
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781408179864
Release Date: 2014-01-02
Genre: Drama

Pornography looks at the events of the first week of July 2005 (the G8 summit, Live 8, the announcement of the 2012 Olympics and the 7/7 bombings) through the perspectives of eight anonymous individuals, including a terrorist. The play can be performed by any number of actors with the scenes presented in any order. This flexibility means that it is ideal for student groups: containing four monologues, two duologues and fifty-two self-contained anecdotal speeches. This Student Edition offers a study of the meaning, context and performance choices available in this subtle and political play. The in-depth commentary explores the play's themes, its kaleidoscopic structure and the play's production history, looking at both the German and UK premieres. The editor, Jacqueline Bolton, incorporates previously unpublished interviews with Simon Stephens and the directors and dramaturgs associated with the early productions. The commentary reveals the play's performance possibilities, as well as discussing its accomplished form, innovative structure and compassionate impetus. It also includes a chronology of the playwright's life and work, an introduction giving the background to the play, commentary on themes, characters, language and style, notes on individual words and phrases in the text, questions for further study and bibliography and further reading.

iCommunism

Author: Colin Cremin
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 9781780999043
Release Date: 2012-09-28
Genre: Political Science

Our relationship to consumption is not an easy one. Apart from being self-centred, superficial and narcissistic, the consumer is held responsible for global warming, poverty and now, by binging on easy credit, economic crisis. A straw man has many uses, including being part of the solution by reducing carbon footprints, consuming more ethically and tightening the proverbial belt. iCommunism defends the consumer against the prevailing politics of austerity. It splits the fetish from the commodity fetish by taking the shine away from the commodity now signified in the ubiquitous i of i branded products and transfers it over to communism. With ideology once again alive on the streets of Europe, iCommunism reimagines Herbert Marcuse 1960s artistic critique of capitalism s repressive performance principle for today s consumer society. Capitalism promised us shiny things but only communism can deliver them in a different, more liberating, universal and sustainable form.

Exploring Society

Author: Chris Brickell
Publisher:
ISBN: 1869409361
Release Date: 2019-01-24
Genre: Sociology

A brand new edition of the bestselling sociology textbook, written by New Zealand's leading sociologists for New Zealand students. To stores 1 February 2019 for first semester adoptions. This is a 4th edition of New Zealand's leading sociology textbook. The book introduces sociological concepts and methods before investigating key areas of sociology (class, race, gender, family life, health, death, work, the city, populations, technology, religion, leisure and crime) through the New Zealand experience. The book includes many useful pedagogical features: key word definitions and push text in the margins key themes highlighted study questions further reading engaging full colour photography case studies written by working sociologists. This 4th edition has been revised and rewritten throughout by a renewed author team. Key changes include: data, examples and case studies completely updated chapters re-ordered and a new chapter on death added to reflect requests from departments using the book as a teaching text more emphasis on tikanga and kaupapa Maori refreshed photograph selection with a local focus Exploring Society is an engaging, comprehensive and up to date introduction for New Zealand sociology students.

Once Were Warriors

Author: Emiel Martens
Publisher: Aksant Academic Pub
ISBN: 9052602360
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Social Science

In 1990 unknown Maori author Alan Duff suddenly became both famous and notorious in New Zealand for his first novel Once Were Warriors. The violent story of a poor urban Maori family aroused much controversy in New Zealand society, and the Maori community in particular. Many Maori commentators condemned the novel for its negative and allegedly racist portrayal of the indigenous Maori people, accusing Duff for hanging out the dirty linen and blaming the victim. Four years later, the homonymous film by Maori director Lee Tamahori led to similar fame and controversy. On the one hand, critics strongly disapproved of the commercial indigenous film on social, political and aesthetic grounds. On the other hand however, Once Were Warriors became the most successful motion picture in the history of New Zealand cinema, grossing over 6.7 million NZ dollars in the national box office and reaching a large international audience. Once Were Warriors was not just a novel or film, but a powerful cultural representation which had a significant impact on New Zealand society. In this richly illustrated book Emiel Martens examines the impact of Once Were Warriors in Aotearoa New Zealand by exploring the two cultural representations (with a specific emphasis on the film) and their aftermath in postcolonial New Zealand society: Why did Once Were Warriors cause such a controversy within the Maori community? Which were the underlying metaphors of the public debate on both the novel and the film in New Zealand society? And what did the heated reception of Once Were Warriors say about the position and identity of the indigenous Maori people within modern New Zealand? Bringing together a wide variety of popular and academic texts, the author discusses these urgent questions in relation to timely New Zealand and wider postcolonial issues such as racial stereotypes, cultural politics, ethnic relations, indigenous media and Maori identity. As an interdisciplinary Cultural Studies endeavour, this book is surprisingly accessible and will prove interesting reading for anyone who wishes to know more about cultural identity, postcolonial representation and indigenous filmmaking in Aotearoa New Zealand.