Contemporary Organization Theory

Author: Campbell Jones,Rolland Munro

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781405132275

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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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.

A New Sociology of Work?

Author: Lynne Pettinger,Jane Perry,Rebecca Taylor,Miriam Glucksmann

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781405139038

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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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.

The SAGE Handbook of Power

Author: Mark Haugaard

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1412934001

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 484

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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.

The Sociology of Space

Materiality, Social Structures, and Action

Author: Martina Löw

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349695688

Category: Social Science

Page: 303

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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.

Live Methods

Author: Les Back,Nirmal Puwar

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781444339598

Category: Social Science

Page: 212

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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

Boundless Worlds

An Anthropological Approach to Movement

Author: Peter Wynn Kirby

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9780857456977

Category: Social Science

Page: 242

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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.

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

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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

The New Sociology of Economic Behaviour

Author: Ralph Fevre

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412931991

Category: Political Science

Page: 277

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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.

Actor Network Theory and After

Author: John Law,John Hassard

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631211945

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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Actor network theory is a powerful approach which combines the insights of post-structuralism with an analysis of the materials of social life. This controversial and path-breaking volume extends ANT beyond studies of technology, power and organisation to the body, subjectivity, politics, and cultural difference, and puts it into cutting-edge dialogue with feminism, anthropology, psychology and economics.

Emotions and Sociology

Author: Jack Barbalet

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781405105576

Category: Psychology

Page: 182

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Comprising eight chapters written by leading sociologists from five countries, this volume demonstrates the significance of emotions for sociological inquiry. Shows what sociology looks like when emotions are taken seriously. Comprises eight chapters by leading sociologists from five countries. Explores major sub-disciplines of sociology, including political sociology, economic sociology, and sociology of science. Takes sociology in an exciting new direction.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Making Projects Critical

Author: Damian Hodgson,Svetlana Cicmil

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137192305

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 376

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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.

The Sociology of Fun

Author: Ben Fincham

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137315792

Category: Social Science

Page: 213

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hat is fun? How is it distinct from happiness or pleasure? How do we know when we are having it? This book is the first to provide a comprehensive sociological account of this taken for granted social phenomenon. Fincham investigates areas such as our memories of fun in childhood, the fun we have as adults, our muted experiences of fun at work and our lived experiences of having fun. Using first-hand accounts and a new approach to interpreting fun, the paradox of fun as not serious or unimportant whilst at the same time essential for a happy life is exposed. Addressing questions of control, transgression and the primacy of social relationships in fun, The Sociology of Fun is intended to provoke discussion about how we want to have fun and who determines the fun we have.

Interrogating the Social

A Critical Sociology for the 21st Century

Author: Fuyuki Kurasawa

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319599488

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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This book brings together a collection of work from emerging and established scholars who have put forth a vision of what critical sociology is and what it could be in the early decades of the 21st century. Pushing beyond the theoretical outlines of sociological critique, the authors demonstrate how critical sociology is practiced through conceptual innovation and empirical analyses interweaving the themes of society, power, and culture. Interrogating the Social reinvents the project of critical sociology in two ways: by reflecting upon society as an object of inquiry; and by questioning the existing social order’s self-evident character and exclusionary effects. In doing so, it answers three related questions: How should social relations and interactions be re-thought today? What new institutional and discursive configurations of power are emerging? How do we make sense of contemporary cultural performances and movements? This edited collection is suited to a w ide and diverse audience across the disciplines of sociology, political science, social and political theory, and cultural studies.

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

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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