This book examines the ways in which knowledge that is inordinate, excessive, and overwhelming comes to mark everyday life in low-income, poor neighborhoods in Delhi with crumbling infrastructures and pervasive violence. Based on long term ethnography in these spaces, this book provides a detailed analysis of the institutions of the state, particularly of policing and law in India. It argues that ...... Read More
There are more Wi-Fi devices than humans. From café culture to home automation, remote community networks to smart cities, Wi-Fi is an invisible but fundamental element of contemporary life. Loosely regulated, low-cost, and largely overlooked by researchers, this hugely successful technology has driven the rise of the smartphone and broadband internet and is a vital element in the internet ...... Read More
Segregation is one of the starkest social realities of contemporary societies. Though often associated with explicitly racist laws of the past, it is a phenomenon that persists to this day and is a crucial element for understanding group relations and the wellbeing of different populations in society.In this book, Eric Fong and Kumiko Shibuya provide a thorough discussion of the evolving ...... Read More
The third edition of Race: A Philosophical Introduction continues to provide the definitive guide to a topic of major contemporary importance. In this thoroughly updated and revised volume, Paul Taylor outlines the main features and implications of race-thinking, while engaging the ideas of important figures such as Linda Alcoff, K. Anthony Appiah, W. E. B. Du Bois, Michel Foucault and S ...... Read More
There is little question about the colossal importance of inequality in society today. With huge amounts of wealth concentrated in the hands of a few ‘super-rich’, growing social movements challenging the power wielded by rich elites, and opinion polls demonstrating popular concern with the gaps between the better and worse off, contemporary inequality is of great public and political in ...... Read More
As one of the leading proponents of the view that sociology’s mission must be to engage the world outside of the university, Michael Burawoy has helped to revolutionize the theory and practice of sociology across the western world. Public Sociology is Burawoy’s most thoroughgoing attempt to explore what a truly committed, engaged sociology should look like in the twenty-first century ...... Read More
Far from being merely ‘frivolous’, scholars in diverse fields now recognise how central games, play and playfulness are to human culture, development and ingenuity, and how vital to the great scientific, political and artistic endeavours of the Renaissance world. From comic verse to practical jokes, pornography to satire, acting to acrobatics, the Renaissance witnessed the floweri ...... Read More
The contentious role of social media in recent elections and referendums has brought to the fore once again the fundamental question of media freedom and the extent to which, and the way in which, the media should be regulated in a modern democratic society. This book surveys the history of media in the US, the UK and Europe in order to develop a new theory of media freedom that is capable of r ...... Read More
Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority population in the country. Moreover, they provide a unique lens on the wider experiences of immigrants and minorities in the United States, both historically and today. Pawan Dhingra and Robyn Magalit Rodriguez’s acclaimed introduction to understanding this diverse group is here updated in a thoroughly revised new edition. Incorporating ...... Read More
Given the escalating and existential nature of our current environmental crises, environmental sociology has never mattered more. We now face global environmental threats, such as climate change and biodiversity loss, as well as local threats, such as pollution and household toxins. The complex interaction of such pervasive problems demands an understanding of the social nature of en ...... Read More
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