What is Sociology?

Author: Norbert Elias,Prof Norbert Elias

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231045506

Category: Social Science

Page: 187

View: 2367



What is a Disaster?

Perspectives on the Question

Author: Enrico Louis Quarantelli

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415178991

Category: Nature

Page: 312

View: 3391


Are conflict situations such as the ethnic clashes in Yugoslavia or Rwanda, terrorist attacks and riots, the same kind of social crises as those generated by natural and technological happenings such as earthquakes and chemical explosions? In What is a Disaster?, social science disaster researchers from six different disciplines advance their views on what a disaster is. Clashes in conceptions are highlighted, through the book's unique juxtaposition of the authors separately advanced views. A reaction paper to each set of views is presented by an experienced disaster researcher; in turn, the original authors provide a response to what has been said about their views. What is a Disaster? sets out the huge conceptual differences that exist concerning what a disaster is, and presents important implications for both theory, study and practice.

Critical Sociology

European Perspectives

Author: J. W. Freiberg

Publisher: Halsted Press

ISBN: 9780470264256

Category: Social Science

Page: 408

View: 7219



Community Punishment

European perspectives

Author: Gwen Robinson,Fergus McNeill

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317666577

Category: Social Science

Page: 254

View: 6755


In Community Punishment: European perspectives, the authors place punishment in the community under the spotlight by exploring the origins, evolution and adaptations of supervision in 11 European jurisdictions. For most people, punishment in the criminal justice system is synonymous with imprisonment. Yet, both in Europe and in the USA, the numbers of people under some form of penal supervision in the community far exceeds the numbers in prison, and many prisoners are released under supervision. Written and edited by leading scholars in the field, this collection advances the sociology of punishment by illuminating the neglected but crucial phenomenon of ‘mass supervision’. As well as putting criminological and penological theories to the test in an examination of their ability to explain the evolution of punishment beyond the prison, and across diverse states, the contributors to this volume also assess the appropriateness of the term ‘community punishment’ in different parts of Europe. Engaging in a serious exploration of common themes and differences in the jurisdictions included in the collection, the authors go on to examine how ‘community punishment’ came into being in their jurisdiction and how its institutional forms and practices have been legitimated and re-legitimated in response to shifting social, cultural and political contexts. This book is essential reading for academics and students involved in the study of both community punishment and comparative penology, but will also be of great interest to criminal justice policymakers, managers and practitioners.

Environmental Sociology

European Perspectives and Interdisciplinary Challenges

Author: Matthias Groß,Harald Heinrichs

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9048187303

Category: Social Science

Page: 361

View: 1708


Despite being a relatively young sub-discipline, European environmental sociology has changed considerably in the last decades towards more interdisciplinary collaborations and problem solving. Current trends such as global environmental modernization and processes of economic, political and socio-cultural globalization, fuelled by developments of transport, environmental flows, scientific uncertainty, and information technologies, have fostered new conceptual approaches that move beyond classical sociological mind-sets toward broader attempts to connect to other disciplines.

Exploring the Sociology of Europe

An Analysis of the European Social Complex

Author: Maurice Roche

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446242773

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 8948


The sociology of Europe is a growing and diverse field. This book addresses it in a direct, wide ranging and up-to-date way. Exploring the Sociology of Europe: • clearly maps this new and emerging field • challenges and renews the sociological analysis of European modernity • provides an understanding of Europe as an historical, social and civil complex • develops and applies new interpretations of the key sociological themes of globalization, citizenship and cosmopolitanism to contemporary European society This is a discerning and relevant book providing an informed analysis of European society which identifies and defines contemporary issues and engages with key social theoretical perspectives. Covering the substantive historical sociological aspects of Europe (Part 1), the historical and comparative sociology of the nation-state (Part 2), and the comparative sociology of welfare capitalism (Part 3) Maurice Roche sets out a clear and effective framework for understanding the sociology of Europe. The book will be of interest to all students, researchers and academics involved in studying, teaching and researching the expanding field of modern European society.

Family Continuity and Change

Contemporary European Perspectives

Author: Vida Česnuitytė,Detlev Lück,Eric D. Widmer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137590289

Category: Social Science

Page: 346

View: 8610


This volume provides readers with recent sociological approaches to family understanding, theorising and practices within the context of continuities and change, both across generations and during individual life courses. The contributors uniquely investigate the friction between persisting family needs and changing circumstances, between holding on to traditional family norms and adapting to fast-changing demands. Authors from nine countries develop and apply innovative theoretical and methodological approaches for a more differentiated description of European family lives at the beginning of the 21st century, and show that family sociology has achieved significant commonalities across national borders in Europe, thus helping our understanding of complex family realities. The book will be essential reading for students and scholars with an interest in family and intimate life, family sociology and policy, sociology and gender studies.

Unity in Diversity

European Perspectives on Borders and Memories

Author: Olivier Mentz,Tracey McKay

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3643909624

Category: Social Science

Page: 215

View: 6935


The book was inspired by the Erasmus+ Project "Border Education - Space, Memory and Reflections on Transculturality." By adopting an inter-disciplinary approach sensitive to the role of memory in 'bordering' processes, the included essays examine a range of those processes affecting the lives of people in different parts of Europe. The authors call upon a range of 'border narratives' and 'border' representations in cultural media, museum spaces, textbooks, the lecture theatre and the classroom to offer fresh perspectives on border issues drawn from Germany, France, Northern Ireland, Sweden, and Slovenia. (Series: Learning Europe. Perspectives for a Didactic of European Cultural Studies / Europa lernen. Perspektiven fur eine Didaktik europaischer Kulturstudien, Vol. 7) [Subject: Sociology, European Studies, Cultural Studies]

Democracy on the Precipice

Council of Europe Democracy Debates 2011-12

Author: N.A

Publisher: Council of Europe

ISBN: 9789287174635

Category: Political Science

Page: 108

View: 8817


Democracy is well-established and soundly practiced in most European countries. But despite unprecedented progress, there is growing dissatisfaction with the state of democracy and deepening mistrust of democratic institutions; a situation exacerbated by the economic crisis. Are Europe's democracies really under threat? Has the traditional model of European democracy exhausted its potential? A broad consensus is forming as to the urgent need to examine the origins of the crisis and to explore visions and strategies which could contribute to rebuilding confidence in democracy. As Europe's guardian of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, the Council of Europe is committed to exploring the state and practice of European democracy, as well as identifying new challenges and anticipating future trends. In order to facilitate this reflection, the Council of Europe held a series of Democracy Debates with the participation of renowned specialists working in a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. This publication presents the eight Democracy Debate lectures. Each presentation analyses a specific aspect of democracy today, placing the issues not only in their political context but also addressing the historical, technological and communication dimensions. The authors make proposals on ways to improve democratic governance and offer their predictions on how democracy in Europe may evolve. Together, the presentations contribute to improving our understanding of democracy today and to recognising the ways it could be protected and strengthened.

An introduction to international migration studies

european perspectives

Author: Marco Martiniello,Jan Rath

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9048517354

Category: Social Science

Page: 383

View: 4396


Focusing mainly on the European experience including Eastern Europe, this important volume offers an advanced introduction to immigrant incorporation studies from a historical, empirical and theoretical perspective. Beyond incorporation theories, renowned scholars in the field explore incorporation in action in different fields, policy issues and normative dimensions.