• Social theory

      Inter-professional Approaches to Young Fathers

      by Jane Reeves

      With one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe, young fatherhood, as a site of economic and personal adversity, has become a focus of concern in Britain during the late 1990's. However, despite this policy interest there is surprisingly little British empirical evidence to review. One of the aims of the book is to draw together contemporary research evidence, social theory and policy which may effect how practitioners, students and academics conceptualise and work with young fathers. Consequently, each chapter illustrates the points it makes using discrete evidence from that particular field. Moreover, in order to make this process more 'user friendly' each chapter provides a summary of this literature and evidence. Finally, in order to make the book come alive it draws on case studies, which are drawn, variously, from two studies conducted by the editor. Contents include: Contextualising the evidence: Young fathers, family and professional support The legislative and policy context of young fathers and their children I've got to release it: sexual health and young men A father is born: the role of the midwife in involving young fathers in the birth and early parenting of their children Safeguarding young fathers and their children The role of fathers in their children's lives Recklessness, rescue and responsibility

    • Social theory
      January 2016

      Cities and crisis

      by Josef W. Konvitz

      Cities have been missing from analyses of the global economic crisis and debates about how to generate a sustainable recovery. Cities and crisis provides a fresh assessment of what has changed since 1990 and what has not, of policy assumptions about urban economies, and of lessons of experience. A city-centred strategy to lift urban productivity must reduce deficits of urban innovation and of infrastructure investment: the new limits to growth. The outlook of more frequent and more costly crises to come - environmental, health, and even economic - makes these deficits more alarming. Yet governments seem incapable of setting out a vision for the future of cities. Things may get worse before they get better. We may need radical reforms to get practical solutions to improve urban economic performance and to reduce the impact of urban disasters and crises: our major challenges. Putting cities at the centre of policy will challenge how governments, structured by sectors and levels, work. Paradigm shifts in economic governance have been undertaken successfully in the past; we are just out of practice. Drawing on dozens of reports from the OECD to illuminate recent trends, emerging risks and initiatives to improve decision-making, Cities and crisis is about the future, starting where we are. This book is essential for anyone interested in the lessons of the 2008 crisis for the future of cities in the twenty-first century, and is suitable for classroom use in politics, urban studies, development and business.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      January 2016

      Cities and crisis

      by Josef W. Konvitz

      Cities have been missing from analyses of the global economic crisis and debates about how to generate a sustainable recovery. Cities and crisis provides a fresh assessment of what has changed since 1990 and what has not, of policy assumptions about urban economies, and of lessons of experience. A city-centred strategy to lift urban productivity must reduce deficits of urban innovation and of infrastructure investment: the new limits to growth. The outlook of more frequent and more costly crises to come - environmental, health, and even economic - makes these deficits more alarming. Yet governments seem incapable of setting out a vision for the future of cities. Things may get worse before they get better. We may need radical reforms to get practical solutions to improve urban economic performance and to reduce the impact of urban disasters and crises: our major challenges. Putting cities at the centre of policy will challenge how governments, structured by sectors and levels, work. Paradigm shifts in economic governance have been undertaken successfully in the past; we are just out of practice. Drawing on dozens of reports from the OECD to illuminate recent trends, emerging risks and initiatives to improve decision-making, Cities and crisis is about the future, starting where we are. This book is essential for anyone interested in the lessons of the 2008 crisis for the future of cities in the twenty-first century, and is suitable for classroom use in politics, urban studies, development and business. ;

    • Sociology
      January 2017

      Frontiers of the Caribbean

      by Dr Philip Nanton. Series edited by Professor Gurminder K. Bhambra

      This book argues that the Caribbean frontier, usually assumed to have been eclipsed after colonial conquest, remains a powerful but unrecognized element of Caribbean island culture. Combining analytical and creative genres of writing, it explores historical and contemporary patterns of frontier change through a case study of the little-known Eastern Caribbean multi-island state of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Modern frontier traits are located in the wandering woodcutter, the squatter on government land and the mountainside ganja grower. But the frontier is also identified as part of global production that has shaped island tourism, the financial sector and patterns of migration.

    • Sociology
      January 2017

      Frontiers of the Caribbean

      by Dr Philip Nanton. Series edited by Professor Gurminder K. Bhambra

      This book argues that the Caribbean frontier, usually assumed to have been eclipsed after colonial conquest, remains a powerful but unrecognized element of Caribbean island culture. Combining analytical and creative genres of writing, it explores historical and contemporary patterns of frontier change through a case study of the little-known Eastern Caribbean multi-island state of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Modern frontier traits are located in the wandering woodcutter, the squatter on government land and the mountainside ganja grower. But the frontier is also identified as part of global production that has shaped island tourism, the financial sector and patterns of migration.

    • Sociology
      January 2017

      Frontiers of the Caribbean

      by Dr Philip Nanton. Series edited by Professor Gurminder K. Bhambra

      This book argues that the Caribbean frontier, usually assumed to have been eclipsed after colonial conquest, remains a powerful but unrecognized element of Caribbean island culture. Combining analytical and creative genres of writing, it explores historical and contemporary patterns of frontier change through a case study of the little-known Eastern Caribbean multi-island state of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Modern frontier traits are located in the wandering woodcutter, the squatter on government land and the mountainside ganja grower. But the frontier is also identified as part of global production that has shaped island tourism, the financial sector and patterns of migration.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      May 2016

      Cities and crisis

      by Josef W. Konvitz

      Cities have been missing from analyses of the global economic crisis and debates about how to generate a sustainable recovery. Cities and crisis provides a fresh assessment of what has changed since 1990 and what has not, of policy assumptions about urban economies, and of lessons of experience. A city-centred strategy to lift urban productivity must reduce deficits of urban innovation and of infrastructure investment: the new limits to growth. The outlook of more frequent and more costly crises to come - environmental, health, and even economic - makes these deficits more alarming. Yet governments seem incapable of setting out a vision for the future of cities. Things may get worse before they get better. We may need radical reforms to get practical solutions to improve urban economic performance and to reduce the impact of urban disasters and crises: our major challenges. Putting cities at the centre of policy will challenge how governments, structured by sectors and levels, work. Paradigm shifts in economic governance have been undertaken successfully in the past; we are just out of practice. Drawing on dozens of reports from the OECD to illuminate recent trends, emerging risks and initiatives to improve decision-making, Cities and crisis is about the future, starting where we are. This book is essential for anyone interested in the lessons of the 2008 crisis for the future of cities in the twenty-first century, and is suitable for classroom use in politics, urban studies, development and business.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      August 2017

      Bauman and contemporary sociology

      A critical analysis

      by Ali Rattansi

      This is the first single-authored critical engagement with the major works of Zygmunt Bauman. Where previous books on Bauman have been exegetical, here an unwavering light is shone on key themes in the sociologist's work, exposing serious weaknesses in Bauman's interpretations of the Holocaust, Western modernity, consumerism, globalisation and the nature of sociology. The book shows how Eurocentrism, the neglect of issues of gender and a lack of awareness of the racism faced by Europe's non-white ethnic minorities seriously limit Bauman's analyses of Western societies. At the same time, it points to Bauman's repeated insistence on the need for sociologists to take a moral stance in favour of the world's poor and downtrodden as being his most valuable legacy. The book will be of great interest to sociologists. Its readability will be valued by undergraduates and postgraduates and it will attract a readership well beyond the discipline.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      August 2017

      Bauman and contemporary sociology

      A critical analysis

      by Ali Rattansi

      This is the first single-authored critical engagement with the major works of Zygmunt Bauman. Where previous books on Bauman have been exegetical, here an unwavering light is shone on key themes in the sociologist's work, exposing serious weaknesses in Bauman's interpretations of the Holocaust, Western modernity, consumerism, globalisation and the nature of sociology. The book shows how Eurocentrism, the neglect of issues of gender and a lack of awareness of the racism faced by Europe's non-white ethnic minorities seriously limit Bauman's analyses of Western societies. At the same time, it points to Bauman's repeated insistence on the need for sociologists to take a moral stance in favour of the world's poor and downtrodden as being his most valuable legacy. The book will be of great interest to sociologists. Its readability will be valued by undergraduates and postgraduates and it will attract a readership well beyond the discipline.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      August 2017

      Beginning classical social theory

      by Marcel Stoetzler, Peter Barry

      Beginning classical social theory introduces students and educated general readers to thirteen key social theorists by way of examining a single, exemplary text by each author, ranging from Comte to Adorno. It answers the need for a book that helps students develop the skill to critically read theory. Rather than learning how to admire the canonical theorists, readers are alerted to the flow of their arguments and the texts' contradictions and limitations. Having gotten 'under the skin' of one key text by each author will provide readers with a solid starting point for further study. The book will be suitable as the principal textbook in social theory modules as much as alongside a more conventional textbook as a recommended additional tool for self-study. It will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as educated lay readers.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      August 2017

      Beginning classical social theory

      by Marcel Stoetzler, Peter Barry

      Beginning classical social theory introduces students and educated general readers to thirteen key social theorists by way of examining a single, exemplary text by each author, ranging from Comte to Adorno. It answers the need for a book that helps students develop the skill to critically read theory. Rather than learning how to admire the canonical theorists, readers are alerted to the flow of their arguments and the texts' contradictions and limitations. Having gotten 'under the skin' of one key text by each author will provide readers with a solid starting point for further study. The book will be suitable as the principal textbook in social theory modules as much as alongside a more conventional textbook as a recommended additional tool for self-study. It will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as educated lay readers.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      December 2017

      Democratic inclusion

      Rainer Bauböck in dialogue

      by Rainer Bauböck, David Owen

      Who has a claim to be included in a democratic political community? Rainer Bauböck's lead essay splits this question into three: whose interests should be represented in democratic decisions? Whose rights ought to be protected by democratic governments? Who has a claim to citizenship and voting rights? These questions call for different responses. Democratic legitimacy requires taking into account interests negatively affected by a decision. It requires the provision of equal rights and contestation options for all subjected to the law. And it requires access to citizenship status and the vote for membership stakeholders with genuine links to a particular polity. Bauböck applies this theory to multilevel citizenship with different inclusion rules for states, municipalities and sub-national or supranational regions. The book includes commentaries by Joseph Carens, Iseult Honohan, Will Kymlicka, David Miller, David Owen and Peter Spiro and a rejoinder by Bauböck.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      December 2017

      Democratic inclusion

      Rainer Bauböck in dialogue

      by Rainer Bauböck, David Owen

      Who has a claim to be included in a democratic political community? Rainer Bauböck's lead essay splits this question into three: whose interests should be represented in democratic decisions? Whose rights ought to be protected by democratic governments? Who has a claim to citizenship and voting rights? These questions call for different responses. Democratic legitimacy requires taking into account interests negatively affected by a decision. It requires the provision of equal rights and contestation options for all subjected to the law. And it requires access to citizenship status and the vote for membership stakeholders with genuine links to a particular polity. Bauböck applies this theory to multilevel citizenship with different inclusion rules for states, municipalities and sub-national or supranational regions. The book includes commentaries by Joseph Carens, Iseult Honohan, Will Kymlicka, David Miller, David Owen and Peter Spiro and a rejoinder by Bauböck.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      December 2017

      Democratic inclusion

      Rainer Bauböck in dialogue

      by Rainer Bauböck, David Owen

      Who has a claim to be included in a democratic political community? Rainer Bauböck's lead essay splits this question into three: whose interests should be represented in democratic decisions? Whose rights ought to be protected by democratic governments? Who has a claim to citizenship and voting rights? These questions call for different responses. Democratic legitimacy requires taking into account interests negatively affected by a decision. It requires the provision of equal rights and contestation options for all subjected to the law. And it requires access to citizenship status and the vote for membership stakeholders with genuine links to a particular polity. Bauböck applies this theory to multilevel citizenship with different inclusion rules for states, municipalities and sub-national or supranational regions. The book includes commentaries by Joseph Carens, Iseult Honohan, Will Kymlicka, David Miller, David Owen and Peter Spiro and a rejoinder by Bauböck.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      August 2017

      Bauman and contemporary sociology

      A critical analysis

      by Ali Rattansi

      This is the first single-authored critical engagement with the major works of Zygmunt Bauman. Where previous books on Bauman have been exegetical, here an unwavering light is shone on key themes in the sociologist's work, exposing serious weaknesses in Bauman's interpretations of the Holocaust, Western modernity, consumerism, globalisation and the nature of sociology. The book shows how Eurocentrism, the neglect of issues of gender and a lack of awareness of the racism faced by Europe's non-white ethnic minorities seriously limit Bauman's analyses of Western societies. At the same time, it points to Bauman's repeated insistence on the need for sociologists to take a moral stance in favour of the world's poor and downtrodden as being his most valuable legacy. The book will be of great interest to sociologists. Its readability will be valued by undergraduates and postgraduates and it will attract a readership well beyond the discipline.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      August 1992

      Theorie des sozialen Handelns

      by Thomas Luckmann

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      November 2017

      Soziologische Theorien kompakt

      by Martin Endreß

      Das Buch stellt klassische und moderne theoretische Ansätze der Soziologie in ihren Grundlagen und Grundfragen sowie damit verbundene Gegenwartsdiagosen vor. Die Darstellung ist konsequent vergleichend angelegt – sowohl hinsichtlich des Aufbaus der einzelnen Kapitel als auch hinsichtlich der behandelten theoretischen Aspekte. Zusammenfassende Übersichten ermöglichen einen komparativen Blick auf Ausrichtungen und Schwerpunkte der einzelnen Theorien. Für die dritte Auflage wurde der gesamte Text durchgesehen, überarbeitet und aktualisiert. Darüber hinaus wurde die Neuauflage um eine Einleitung erweitert, die über das für die Darstellung leitende Theorieverständnis informiert und die Auswahl der dargestellten Ansätze und thematischen Aspekte sowie die gewählte Perspektive erläutert. Ergänzt wurde der Band neben Hinweisen zu sozialphilosophischen Vorläufern durch Kapitel zu den Theorieansätzen von Robert K. Merton und Anthony Giddens.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      October 2018

      Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft

      by Bettina Clausen, Dieter Haselbach

      Im Rahmen der Tönnies-Gesamtausgabe nimmt der Band 2 eine Sonderstellung ein. Er gehört ausschließlich dem bis auf heute wirkungsreichen Hauptwerk „Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft", zuerst erschienen 1887. Mit dieser Schrift begründet Ferdinand Tönnies die Soziologie erstmals als eigenständige deutsche Wissenschaft. Als „Grundbegriffe der reinen Soziologie" entfaltet er darin die Gegensätzlichkeit von Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft und erklärt das Auseinandertreten beider Formen des Soziallebens mit einer elaborierten Willenstheorie. Die kritische Edition dieses vielfach publizierten Klassikers der Soziologie dokumentiert erstmals alle einschlägigen Textzeugen vom ersten handschriftlichen Konzept von 1880 bis hin zur Ausgabe letzter Hand von 1935. Besonders eindringlich spiegelt sich die wechselvolle Werkgeschichte in den stets neu verfassten Einleitungen, die Tönnies den acht Auflagen zwischen 1887 und 1935 voranstellt und die als gewichtige Werkbestandteile zusammen mit ihrem frühesten Entwurf und den zurückgehaltenen späteren Fassungen vollständig wiedergegeben werden. Im Zentrum der Edition steht der auf Basis der Handschrift erstmals kritisch annotierte und mit umfassendem Variantenapparat versehene Text der Ausgabe letzter Hand.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      May 2018

      1900–1904

      Schriften

      by Bärbel Carstens, Uwe Carstens

      In den Jahren 1900 bis 1904 tritt Ferdinand Tönnies mit zahlreichen thematisch ganz unterschiedlichen Arbeiten an die Öffentlichkeit. Im Zentrum seines Interesses steht in dieser Zeit die soziale Entwicklung in Deutschland und die damit verbundenen Auseinandersetzungen mit den darin involvierten staatlichen Institutionen. Wie auch in früheren Schriften vertritt er die Interessen der abhängig Beschäftigten. Anhand der von ihm benannten und mitbegründeten Soziographie gelingt es Tönnies nachdrücklich seine Thesen zu belegen und eindrucksvoll darzustellen. Insbesondere in seiner Schrift Politik und Moral benannte Tönnies einige Voraussetzungen einer spezifisch modernen Ethik. Sie müsse, so Tönnies, Egoismus und Vernunft, aber auch private und öffentliche Moral miteinander verbinden. Der "moralische Gerichtshof" – wie er es nannte – sollte für den Einzelnen sein aufgeklärtes, selbständiges Gewissen sein. Dieses werde geprägt durch das "öffentliche Gewissen", das seinerseits wiederum auf der wissenschaftlichen Logik beruhen solle. Somit basierten bei Tönnies Individual- und Sozialethik auf einem aufgeklärten Rationalismus, der damit zum Garant für die Lösung der sozialen Frage gemacht wurde. Die in den Jahren 1900 bis 1904 entstandenen Schriften weisen bereits die Grundzüge der späteren großen Monographien von Ferdinand Tönnies auf.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      December 2018

      Corporate Citizenship

      The role of companies as citizens of the modern world

      by David Logan

      Private companies and multinationals have been around since the beginning of recorded history. For both good and ill they have done an immense amount to shape human culture around the world. We have just come through a period in history when communist and socialist societies tried to eliminate or severely constrain private enterprise, but companies are now back, big time. Consequently, the question now is: ‘What is their role in our global economic and social system?’ Providing goods and services and making a profit for their shareholders are important, but in that process, they also have responsibilities to their stakeholders and the wider society. Companies are in fact corporate citizens of society; just as individuals are private citizens. They exercise certain rights but also have profound responsibilities. They have to step up as good citizens and use their power and influence to help humanity face the challenges of the future. This book discusses why and how they must do that as a step towards learning to live with modern capitalism.

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