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Sociology


The Geometry of Genocide
A Study in Pure Sociology

Bradley Campbell

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 behavior on the part of victims. Using Donald Black’s method of pure sociology, Campbell considers genocide in relation to three... More


Dialect Diversity in America
The Politics of Language Change

William Labov

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 America, Labov examines the diversity among American dialects and presents the counterintuitive finding that geographically... More


Living and Dying at Murray Manor


Jaber F. Gubrium

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 nursing home as a participant-observer, involved in activities ranging from performing menial "toileting" work to serving... More


Is Killing Wrong?
A Study in Pure Sociology

Mark Cooney

"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, and still others are lauded and lionized. Why? The traditional answer is that how killers are treated depends on the... More


Sacred Order/Social Order
The Jew of Culture: Freud, Moses, and Modernity

Philip Rieff. Edited by Kenneth S. Piver. Edited by Gideon Lewis-Kraus and Arnold M. Eisen. Introduction by Arnold M. Eisen

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 Moralist and The Triumph of the Therapeutic, he proved himself an incisive interpreter of Freud and his legacy. His work now... More


Sacred Order/Social Order
The Crisis of the Officer Class: The Decline of the Tragic Sensibility

Philip Rieff. Edited by Kenneth S. Piver. Introduction by Alan Woolfolk

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 Moralist and The Triumph of the Therapeutic, he proved himself an incisive interpreter of Freud and his legacy. His work now... More


Sacred Order/Social Order
My Life among the Deathworks: Illustrations of the Aesthetics of Authority

Philip Rieff. Edited by Kenneth S. Piver. Introduction by James D. Hunter

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 signals the summation of his scholarly lifework. With this series, Sacred Order/Social Order, to be published in consecutive... More


Saving Higher Education in the Age of Money


James Engell and Anthony Dangerfield

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 longer do students and parents choose the best education that "money can buy." Instead, they are faced with choosing which... More


Buried from the World
Inside the Massachusetts State Prison, 1829–1831

Edited by Philip F. Gura

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 prison and recorded their biographies in two leatherbound notebooks. Those notebooks, fully transcribed and well annotated... More


Beyond Nostalgia


Ruth E. Ray

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 fashion their memories through personal narrative. Her innovative book involves the reader in the construction of life... More


Miles to Go
Aging in Rural Virginia

Susan Garrett

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 began pondering how the institution's vast resources could be used to improve the lives of these rural poor. The result was... More


To Live in the Center of the Moment
Literary Autobiographies of Aging

Barbara Frey Waxman

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 negative cultural associations of old age. Waxman has selected narratives that focus not on the broad sweep of a person's life... More


Under the Cover of Kindness
The Invention of Social Work

Leslie Margolin

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 social work texts, primarily case histories, he argues persuasively that social work disguises its own assumptions and claims to power... More


The American Culture Wars
Current Contests and Future Prospects

James L. Nolan, Jr., ed.

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 education, extremists tend to dominate public debate. James Davidson Hunter explained this polarization of American politics and... More


Disciplining Old Age
The Formation of Gerontological Knowledge

Stephen Katz

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 Foucault, Bourdieu, and the Althusser in his analysis of what he calls the "gerontological web."Katz explores how political and... More