Punk Sociology

Author: D. Beer
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137371218
Release Date: 2014-01-06
Genre: Music

This book explores the possibility of drawing upon a punk ethos to inspire and invigorate sociology. It uses punk to think creatively about what sociology is and how it might be conducted and aims to fire the sociological imaginations of sociologists at any stage of their careers, from new students to established professors.

Stretching the Sociological Imagination

Author: Andrew Smith
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137493644
Release Date: 2015-11-08
Genre: Social Science

This edited collection calls for renewed attention to the concept of the sociological imagination, allowing social scientists to link private issues to public troubles. Inspired by the eminent Glasgow-based sociologist, John Eldridge, it re-engages with the concept and shows how it can be applied to analyzing society today.

An End to the Crisis of Empirical Sociology

Author: Linda McKie
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317572961
Release Date: 2015-12-22
Genre: Social Science

Research data are everywhere. In our everyday interactions, through social media, credit cards and even public transport, we generate and use data. The challenge for sociologists is how to collect, analyse and make best use of these vast arrays of information. The chapters in this book address these challenges using varied perspectives and approaches: The economics of big data and measuring the trajectories of recently arrived communities Social media and social research Researching 'elites', social class and 'race' across space and place Innovations in qualitative research and use of extended case studies Developing mixed method approaches and social network analysis Feminist quantitative methodology Teaching quantitative methods The book provides up to date and accessible material of interest to diverse audiences, including students and teachers of research design and methods, as well as policy analysis and social media.

More than Human Sociology

Author: Olli Pyyhtinen
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137531858
Release Date: 2015-11-06
Genre: Social Science

More-than-Human Sociology is a call for a bolder, more creative sociology. Olli Pyyhtinen argues that to make sociology responsive to life in the 21st century we need a new sociological imagination, one that addresses connectivity, understands the world in which we live as both a human and non-human world, and is sensitive to the multiple scales on which things exist. A fresh and innovative take on the promise of sociology, this book will appeal to scholars and students both within sociology and the social sciences more broadly.

Theory of Mind and Science Fiction

Author: N. Pagan
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137399120
Release Date: 2014-01-06
Genre: Literary Criticism

Theory of Mind and Science Fiction shows how theory of mind provides an exciting 'new' way to think about science fiction and, conversely, how science fiction sheds light not only on theory of mind but also empathy, morality, and the nature of our humanity.

Der lange Weg zur Freiheit

Author: Nelson Mandela
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104031545
Release Date: 2014-01-25
Genre: History

»Ich bin einer von ungezählten Millionen, die durch Nelson Mandelas Leben inspiriert wurden.« Barack Obama Eine fast drei Jahrzehnte währende Gefängnishaft ließ Nelson Mandela zum Mythos der schwarzen Befreiungsbewegung werden. Kaum ein anderer Politiker unserer Zeit symbolisiert heute in solchem Maße die Friedenshoffnungen der Menschheit und den Gedanken der Aussöhnung aller Rassen wie der ehemalige südafrikanische Präsident und Friedensnobelpreisträger. Auch nach seinem Tod finden seine ungebrochene Charakterstärke und Menschenfreundlichkeit die Bewunderung aller friedenswilligen Menschen auf der Welt. Mandelas Lebensgeschichte ist über die politische Bedeutung hinaus ein spannend zu lesendes, kenntnis- und faktenreiches Dokument menschlicher Entwicklung unter Bedingungen und Fährnissen, vor denen die meisten Menschen innerlich wie äußerlich kapituliert haben dürften.

Women in Narcotics Anonymous Overcoming Stigma and Shame

Author: J. Sanders
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137430496
Release Date: 2014-03-05
Genre: Social Science

This book looks at a sample of female drug addicts seeking recovery in Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Through working the Twelve Steps and by attending women-only groups, these women are able to confront the double standard that makes recovery from addiction especially difficult.

Cinema and the Imagination in Katherine Mansfield s Writing

Author: M. Ascari
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137400369
Release Date: 2014-01-10
Genre: Performing Arts

Using silent cinema as a critical lens enables us to reassess Katherine Mansfield's entire literary career. Starting from the awareness that innovation in literature is often the outcome of hybridisation, this book discusses not only a single case study, but also the intermedia exchanges in which literary modernism at large is rooted.

The Demilitarization of American Diplomacy

Author: L. Pope
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137298553
Release Date: 2014-01-29
Genre: Political Science

Laurence Pope describes the contemporary dysfunction of the State Department and its Foreign Service. He contends that in the information age diplomacy is more important than ever, and that, as President Obama has stressed, without a "change of thinking" the U.S. may be drawn into more wars it does not need to fight.

The Digital Currency Challenge Shaping Online Payment Systems through US Financial Regulations

Author: P. Mullan
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137382559
Release Date: 2014-01-30
Genre: Political Science

Private online digital currency systems offer people accessible, convenient, and inexpensive everyday financial tools outside of traditional bank-owned and operated platforms. Digital currency systems facilitate local and international fund transfers, online and offline payments, and simple cash-to-digital everyday financial products without the need for a conventional bank account of any retail bank product. Over the past several years, Bitcoin has grown into an efficient person-to-person and person-to-business payment system without the backing of any bank or financial institution. This phenomenon is producing a new level of an on- and offline commerce and a society much more attuned to digital currency systems. The Digital Currency Challenge details how new 2007-2008 U.S. legal issues surrounding digital currency products forced companies from the U.S. market and caused the Treasury Department to enact stricter regulations. Mullan profiles new and innovative present day digital currency systems, such as Bitcoin, and illustrates how software designers and monetary theorists use new technology to circumvent current U.S. regulations. This work also explains how new digital currency systems are not just software products, but tools providing financial freedom to people in countries all around the world.

Data Driven Decision Making in Schools Lessons from Trinidad

Author: J. Yamin-Ali
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137412393
Release Date: 2014-01-24
Genre: Education

Yamin-Ali shows how schools can undertake responsible decision-making through gathering and evaluating data, using as examples six fully developed case studies that shed light on common questions of school culture and student life, including student stress, subject selection, and the role of single-sex classes.

Contemporary Debates in Holocaust Education

Author: M. Gray
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137388575
Release Date: 2014-01-13
Genre: Religion

Holocaust education is a rapidly evolving and controversial field. This book, which critically analyses the very latest research, adopts a global perspective and discusses a number of the most important debates which are emerging within it such as teaching the Holocaust without survivors and the role of digital technology in the classroom.

DiY WiFi Re imagining Connectivity

Author: K. Jungnickel
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137312532
Release Date: 2013-12-19
Genre: Computers

Based on extensive fieldwork, Jungnickel's research into community WiFi networking explores the innovative digital cultures of ordinary people making extra-ordinary things. Committed to making 'ournet, not the internet', these digital tinkerers re-inscribe wireless broadband technology with new meanings and re-imagined possibilities of use.