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North Korea under Kim Jong Il
North Korea under Kim Jong Il (October 2006)
From Consolidation to Systemic Dissonance
Sung Chull Kim - Author

Examines internal changes in North Korea under the expanding rule of Kim Jong Il.

North Korea has long been a country of mystique, both provoking two nuclear crises and receiving aid from the international community and South Korea in more recent times. North Korea under Kim Jong Il examines how internal changes in North Korea since the early 1970s have structured that nation’s apparently provocative nu...(Read More)
The Eclipse of the State Mental Hospital
The Eclipse of the State Mental Hospital (April 1996)
Policy, Stigma, and Organization
George W. Dowdall - Author

Examines the origins, recent history, and future of state hospitals.
State hospitals still account for the majority of the state dollars spent on mental health care across the nation. Why do state hospitals persist and expand despite public scandal and professional disapproval? What role does the state mental hospital play in the current system of care for the seriously mentally ill? What role should it play, and at what cost? Dowdall exp...(Read More)
Multiculturalism and Education
Multiculturalism and Education (July 1994)
Diversity and its Impact on Schools and Society
Thomas J. La Belle - Author
Christopher R. Ward - Author

"This book is very useful. Because it is unique--a sound, balanced, political and theoretical work rather than a 'cookbook' on how to do multicultural education. It stands out from the many other books now appearing on the subject. It is a thoughtful, knowledgeable treatment of a topic that is too often treated, by authors, in a superficial or simplistic manner." -- Maxine S. Seller, University of Buffalo

This book introduces multiculturalis...(Read More)
Schooling in the Light of Popular Culture
Schooling in the Light of Popular Culture (June 1994)
Paul Farber - Editor
Eugene F. Provenzo Jr. - Editor
Gunilla Holm - Editor

Many factors contribute to the way individuals come to an understanding of what schooling is about and where it might be headed. This book explores the role of popular culture in that process.

The authors illustrate how powerful and suggestive images and ideas about teachers, learning, and other aspects of schooling are constructed in the "texts" of various modes of popular culture. As a basis for further inquiry, the book describes important...(Read More)
All Things to All People
All Things to All People (June 1994)
The Catholic Church Confronts the AIDS Crisis
Mark R. Kowalewski - Author

This book examines the Roman Catholic Church in the United States as it responds to the AIDS crisis and persons with AIDS from a critical sociological perspective using organizational theory.

"This topic is significant for two reasons: (1) AIDS and the Church's response to it will continue to create conflict and force issues regarding moral deliberation to the forefront of theological ethics; (2) the Church's use of power and its openness to...(Read More)
Work and Inequality in Urban China
Work and Inequality in Urban China (January 1994)
Yanjie Bian - Author

"The work under review provides systematic evidence of the importance of organizational location in the system of rewards in one Chinese city and invites us to think more deeply about the sources of segmentation phenomena....The resulting book is a wide-ranging and informative discussion of the dynamics of stratification in urban China, set in a comparative context. It should be of interest not only to those interested in Chinese society, but a...(Read More)
Communication in Japan and the United States
Communication in Japan and the United States (October 1993)
William B. Gudykunst - Editor

This book is the first to provide a summary of the state of knowledge about communication in Japan and the United States. Included is an overview of the major approaches used in the study of communication in these two countries, an overview of the major cultural factors influencing communication, a description of the sociolinguistic differences between English and Japanese, an examination of Japanese-American communication as a function of the cult...(Read More)
Hate Prejudice and Racism
Hate Prejudice and Racism (August 1993)
Milton Kleg - Author

Hate Prejudice and Racism provides a comprehensive overview of the problems created by prejudiced attitudes, racist beliefs, and acts of discrimination, from the casual racial or ethnic joke to the unrestrained violence of a lynch mob. It addresses such topics as the nature of ethnicity, stereotyping, aggression, and hate groups and individuals who promote ethnic and racial hatred.

Kleg's discussion of ethnicity and ethnic groups chal...(Read More)
The Professional Quest for Truth
The Professional Quest for Truth (July 1992)
A Social Theory of Science and Knowledge
Stephan Fuchs - Author

This book argues that the power of science as the most respected and authoritative world view is based on its superior material and organizational resources, not on its superior rationality. Fuchs approaches science as a social construct, and utilizing a theory of scientific organizations, he analyzes knowledge production in scientific fields--how they differ in their resources and how these differences affect how science is conducted. The book ex...(Read More)
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