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Naked Lives
Naked Lives (May 2009)
Inside the Worlds of Exotic Dance
Mindy S. Bradley-Engen - Author

Looks at the experience of being an exotic dancer in different kinds of strip clubs.

Is stripping good or bad for the women who do it? According to sociologist Mindy S. Bradley-Engen, there’s no simple answer. An exotic dancer’s experiences can be both empowering and degrading: at times a dancer can feel like a goddess, at times ashamed and dirty. Drawing on extensive interviews as well as her own exper...(Read More)
 
 
College Life through the Eyes of Students
College Life through the Eyes of Students (May 2009)
Mary Grigsby - Author

Presents the perspectives of contemporary college students on their lives and educations.

The struggles and achievements of today’s college students are thrown into stark relief in this fascinating account of how such students make meaning of their lives. Author Mary Grigsby uses the voices of students themselves to discuss how they view, adjust to, and participate in the college student culture of a large mid...(Read More)
 
 
Dreams in Exile
Dreams in Exile (March 2009)
Rediscovering Science and Ethics in Nineteenth-Century Social Theory
George E. McCarthy - Author

Examines the influence of Aristotle and Kant on the nineteenth-century social theory of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber.

The classical origins of nineteenth-century social theory are illuminated in this sequel to the award-winning Classical Horizons: The Origins of Sociology in Ancient Greece. George E. McCarthy stresses the importance of Aristotle and Kant in the creation of a new type of social science in the n...(Read More)
 
 
Same-Sex Partners
Same-Sex Partners (March 2009)
The Social Demography of Sexual Orientation
Amanda K. Baumle - Author
D'Lane Compton - Author
Dudley L. Poston Jr. - Author

A demographic portrait of gay and lesbian couples who live together in committed relationships.

Addressing the lack of understanding regarding the lives of same-sex couples, this book examines the sociodemographic characteristics of partnered gay men and lesbians. The authors draw on U.S. census data to present quantitative analyses of topics pertaining to gay men and lesbians that have previously been relatively ...(Read More)
 
 
The Failure of Civil Society?
The Failure of Civil Society? (March 2009)
The Third Sector and the State in Contemporary Japan
Akihiro Ogawa - Author

2010 Japan NPO Research Association Book Award

A look at the voluntary sector in Japan, which has emerged strongly only in recent years.

The global discourse on civil society is both complicated and enriched in this participant study of Japan’s volunteers, known as the third sector. In the wake of the Japanese government’s failed response to the 1995 earthquake, ...(Read More)
 
 
Improving Urban Middle Schools
Improving Urban Middle Schools (February 2009)
Lessons from the Nativity Schools
L. Mickey Fenzel - Author

2010 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award in the category of "The Professional Studies”, presented by Association of Jesuit Colleges and University and Alpha Sigma Nu

A look at Nativity schools, alternative middle schools that have had great success educating at-risk, urban students.


Nativity schools—there are over forty in urban areas throughout the United States—provide an im...(Read More)
 
 
Imagined Families, Lived Families
Imagined Families, Lived Families (January 2009)
Culture and Kinship in Contemporary Japan
Akiko Hashimoto - Editor
John W. Traphagan - Editor

An interdisciplinary look at the dramatic changes in the contemporary Japanese family, including both empirical data and analyses of popular culture.

The Japanese family is at a crossroads of demographic change and altered cultural values. While the population of children has been shrinking and that of elders rising, attitudes about rights and responsibilities within the family have changed significantly. The rea...(Read More)
 
 
Resilience
Resilience (December 2008)
Queer Professors from the Working Class
Kenneth Oldfield - Editor
Richard Greggory Johnson III - Editor

First collection of essays by queer scholars with working-class backgrounds.

Academia can be overwhelmingly foreign and hostile to those who have poor or working-class backgrounds. For people who are from the working class and also queer, the obstacles to earning a graduate degree may prove insurmountable. Frequently discouraged from attending college in the first place, these students often struggle to pay for...(Read More)
 
 
Race and Police Brutality
Race and Police Brutality (November 2008)
Roots of an Urban Dilemma
Malcolm D. Holmes - Author
Brad W. Smith - Author

Disputes standard explanations of police brutality against minority citizens to offer new insights and suggestions on dealing with this problem.

What causes police brutality, and why are minority citizens the primary victims? Social scientists often attribute the behavior to poorly managed police departments, bad cops, or the interests of the powerful in controlling minorities perceived as criminal threats. Malcolm...(Read More)
 
 
Portable Communities
Portable Communities (October 2008)
The Social Dynamics of Online and Mobile Connectedness
Mary Chayko - Author

RUNNER-UP – 2009 Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award

Looks at the social implications of having constant access to others through cell phones, wireless computers, and other electronic devices.

“I blog, text, IM, email, and I don’t like to be without my cell phone or have to shut it off—even in a theater. Let’s put it this way, my ‘connections&r...(Read More)
 
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