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Is Killing Wrong?
Is Killing Wrong?

A Study in Pure Sociology

Cooney, Mark

"Thou shalt not kill" is arguably the most basic moral and legal principle in any society. Yet while some killers are pilloried and punished, others are absolved and acquitted...


Buried from the World
Buried from the World

Inside the Massachusetts State Prison, 1829–1831

Gura, Philip F.

Between 1829 and 1831, Jared Curtis, the newly appointed prison chaplain at the Massachusetts State Prison in Charlestown, interviewed every one of the over 300 inmates at the...


Dialect Diversity in America
Dialect Diversity in America

The Politics of Language Change

Labov, William

The sociolinguist William Labov has worked for decades on change in progress in American dialects and on African American Vernacular English (AAVE). In Dialect Diversity in...


The Geometry of Genocide
The Geometry of Genocide

A Study in Pure Sociology

Campbell, Bradley

In The Geometry of Genocide, Bradley Campbell argues that genocide is best understood not as deviant behavior but as social control—a response to perceived deviant...


Beyond Nostalgia
Beyond Nostalgia
Ray, Ruth E.

For three years, Ruth E. Ray visited and participated in eight writing groups at six senior centers in inner-city and suburban Detroit, looking for ways in which the elderly...


Living and Dying at Murray Manor
Living and Dying at Murray Manor
Gubrium, Jaber F.

Living and Dying at Murray Manor is a classic text that documents how the "work" of everyday life in a nursing home is accomplished. Jaber F. Gubrium spent several months at a...


Suicide
Suicide

The Social Causes of Self-Destruction

Manning, Jason

The conventional approach to suicide is psychiatric: ask the average person why people kill themselves, and they will likely cite depression. But this approach fails to...


To Live in the Center of the Moment
To Live in the Center of the Moment

Literary Autobiographies of Aging

Waxman, Barbara Frey

In To Live in the Center of the Moment, Barbara Frey Waxman examines the emergence of the evocative literature of aging and demonstrates how these autobiographies challenge...


Sacred Order/Social Order
Sacred Order/Social Order

My Life among the Deathworks: Illustrations of the Aesthetics of Authority

Rieff, Philip, Piver, Kenneth S.

With My Life among the Deathworks: Illustrations of the Aesthetics of Authority, the renowned cultural theorist and Freud scholar Philip Rieff inaugurates a trilogy that...


Under the Cover of Kindness
Under the Cover of Kindness

The Invention of Social Work

Margolin, Leslie

In Under the Cover of Kindness, Leslie Margolin looks at how this country's social welfare system developed and with what results. From his detailed examination of...


Miles to Go
Miles to Go

Aging in Rural Virginia

Garrett, Susan

You can drive out of Charlottesville, Virginia, in any direction and within ten minutes find yourself in third-world rural poverty. In 1988, University of Virginia academics...


Sacred Order/Social Order
Sacred Order/Social Order

The Crisis of the Officer Class: The Decline of the Tragic Sensibility

Rieff, Philip, Piver, Kenneth S.

Philip Rieff earned recognition as one of the most profound social theorists of culture and authority of the twentieth century. Through such works as Freud: The Mind of the...


Sacred Order/Social Order
Sacred Order/Social Order

The Jew of Culture: Freud, Moses, and Modernity

Rieff, Philip, Piver, Kenneth S., Lewis-Kraus, Gideon, Eisen, Arnold M.

Philip Rieff earned recognition as one of the most profound social theorists of culture and authority of the twentieth century. Through such works as Freud: The Mind of the...


The American Culture Wars
The American Culture Wars

Current Contests and Future Prospects

Nolan, John L., Jr.

Even though the majority of Americans hold moderate views on issues such as abortion, homosexual rights, funding for the arts and public broadcasting, and multicultural...


Saving Higher Education in the Age of Money
Saving Higher Education in the Age of Money
Engell, James, Dangerfield, Anthony

Since 1965 an increasing preoccupation with money has resulted in the inversion of its role in higher education, from a practical means to an end that crowds out all others. No...


Disciplining Old Age
Disciplining Old Age

The Formation of Gerontological Knowledge

Katz, Stephen

In Disciplining Old Age Stephen Katz gives us a sophisticated and theoretically rigorous approach to what gerentology does. He deftly and subtly combines the theories of...