This text draws on the expertise of an international team of scholars providing both an entry point into the sociological study of religion and an in-depth survey into its changing forms. The role of religion and spirituality on politics, culture, education and health in the modern world is rigorously discussed and debated.
This book queries notions of moral decline by revealing a remarkable persistence of commitment and reciprocity across cultures in traditional and new family relations. This insightful and innovative work examines factors such as gender, race, ethnic identity and new sexual lifestyles in relation to cultural customs, government policies and social inequalities.
Drawing upon a wealth of examples, Portes identifies three strategic sites of research--the informal economy, ethnic enclaves, and transnational communities--and he eschews grand narratives in favor of mid-range theories that help us understand specific kinds of social action.
In recent years medical sociology has evolved into a field that is both applied and theoretical, and in control of its own approach to research. With its global perspective and international authorship, the New Companion provides an authoritative, topical, and comprehensive reference to the key concepts and the most important traditional and contemporary issues in medical sociology.
In order to enable the rethinking of relations between politics and society, Michael Drake synthesizes the theoretical developments that social transformations have produced, including the analysis of power, representation, social identities, social movements, sovereignty, statehood, globalization, revolution, risk and security.
Drawing on sociological theories, Jones frames the discipline as a field of symbolic and material conflict over social identities. This volume contests the notion of architecture as an apolitical endeavor and suggests that architectural projects can act as expressions of collective identities, thus shedding light on how those with power both legitimate and mark their position in the world.
To foster a deeper understanding of the interconnection of the social sciences, this overview by prominent social scientists gives an accessible, non-technical sense of how quantitative research is done in different areas. Readers will find out about models and ways of thinking in economics, history, sociology, political science, and psychology, which in turn they can bring back to their own work.
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