Download E-books Simulation and Social Theory (Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society) PDF

By Sean Cubitt

This insightful publication is the 1st to significantly research the tips of a few of the most important thinkers of simulation. It addresses the paintings of Baudrillard, Debord, Virilio and Eco, clarifying their arguments via touching on the highbrow and social worlds each one emerged from distilling what's vital from their discussions. The e-book argues for a serious and selective use of the concept that of simulation. just like the proposal of ideology, simulation is a political conception, however it has additionally develop into a deeply pessimistic conception of the tip of historical past and the impossibility of confident switch. via a chain of reflections at the which means of subject parks, war and laptop modelling, Sean Cubitt demonstrates the strengths and barriers of the simulation thesis

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Download E-books Religious Diversity and Social Change: American Cities, 1890-1906 PDF

By Kevin J. Christiano

Strong forces of social switch on the flip of the 19th century compelled American church buildings and their individuals to confront, for the 1st time, the problem of spiritual toleration. Christiano analyzes the results of mass immigration and urbanization on a number of groups. those upheavals required the proven church buildings to both settle for or repel a degree of spiritual range unimagined by way of the architects of yankee liberty. by way of reading alterations in church club within the biggest city components, integrating historic learn from a couple of disciplines with statistical analyses of the USA Census studies of 1890 and 1906, this cross-disciplinary examine offers an empirical review of the cultural shifts that laid the principles for the denominational process that prevails in the United States at the present time.

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Download E-books The Re-Enchantment of the West: Volume 1 Alternative Spiritualities, Sacralization, Popular Culture and Occulture PDF

As a ebook approximately emergent spirituality within the modern West, this books specializes in the character, evolution and value of latest types of faith and replacement spiritualities.

Part one of many publication presents the theoretical historical past and publications the reader via a number of the critical debates. After an outline of the secularization thesis, which argues that the West is turning into more and more disillusioned, the second one bankruptcy turns to the sociological research of latest religions and substitute spiritualities. specific recognition is given to the information of the sociologist of faith Ernst Troeltsch, particularly his enigmatic research of the emergence mystical faith, which presciently presents useful insights into knowing the modern replacement spiritual milieu. opposed to sociologists equivalent to Bryan Wilson and Steve Bruce, this and the following bankruptcy argues that, instead of being insignificant, new kinds of spirituality are literally proving to be an important a part of Western re-enchantment. bankruptcy three constructs a common concept of the re-enchantment of the West.

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Download E-books Hybrid Media Culture: Sensing Place in a World of Flows (Routledge Advances in Sociology) PDF

By Simon Lindgren

The contrast among on-line and offline realities is changing into a growing number of tough to maintain. As computer-mediated conversation evolves and as interplay turns into a growing number of depending on the web, social, cultural, and political elements start to get stuck and entangled within the net of latest electronic verbal exchange applied sciences. electronic instruments and structures for conversation are steadily turning into normal, whereas the cultural conceptions that encompass those technologies―immediacy, consistent accessibility, availability―are turning into more and more mainstream.

Hybrid Media Culture

is an interdisciplinary exploration of the way the net and the offline have interaction in present-day tradition. within the aftermath of all-encompassing views on ‘postmodernisation’ and ‘globalization’, there's now a urgent desire for students of latest media and society to return to phrases with problems with position, embodiment, and materiality in an international of ‘virtual’ flows and ‘cyber’ tradition. This publication explores methods of conceptualizing the complex intermingling of the net and the offline via case stories of hybrid media areas, together with: user-generated movies approximately self-harm; visibility, surveillance and electronic media; electronic conversation instruments and politics; and actual and digital churches.

This interdisciplinary edited assortment investigates the results of the web and electronic tradition on perceptions and makes use of of identities, our bodies and localities. will probably be of curiosity to scholars and students of electronic tradition, sociology, media and communications experiences, new media, physique reviews, politics, and technology and expertise studies.

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Download E-books Power/Gender: Social Relations in Theory and Practice (Inquiries in Social Construction series) PDF

This e-book investigates the advanced strands that inextricably hyperlink gender and gear family, demonstrating how gender is built during the practices of power.

The members argue that `female' and `male' are formed not just on the micro-level of daily social interplay but in addition on the macro-level the place social associations keep watch over and control the perform of gender. Power//Gender explores: how theorizing on strength is affected while gender is considered; post-Foucauldian thought of gender and gear; if it is attainable to split gender and tool; the connections among gender and the perform of energy in political contexts, and the way those connections paintings within the particular contexts of women's liv

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Download E-books Community: 2nd edition (Key Ideas) PDF

By Gerard Delanty

The expanding individualism of recent Western society has been observed by means of a permanent nostalgia for the belief of neighborhood as a resource of defense and belonging and, in recent times, as a substitute to the country as a foundation for politics.

Gerard Delanty starts this stimulating creation to the concept that with an research of the origins of the assumption of group in Western Utopian suggestion, and as an imagined pristine equated with conventional societies in classical sociology and anthropology. He is going directly to chart the resurgence of the assumption inside of communitarian notion, the issues and opinions of multiculturalism, and its new manifestations inside a society the place new modes of communique produce either fragmentation and the chances of recent social bonds. modern neighborhood, he argues, is basically a verbal exchange group in keeping with new sorts of belonging. now not bounded via position, we can belong to a number of groups in accordance with faith, nationalism, ethnicity, life-styles and gender

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Download E-books Transition to Modernity: Essays on Power, Wealth and Belief PDF

By John A. Hall, I. C. Jarvie

This set of essays is anxious with the reason of enormous scale social swap. focus is at the social stagnation attribute of agrarian situations, the stipulations for go out from that global, and the numerous social orders that inhabit, occasionally precariously, the fashionable global group. the prestigious participants from archaeology, anthropology, sociology, monetary historical past and philosophy, have all been motivated by way of the paintings of Ernest Gellner, and the essays are in discussion along with his view of our social .

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Download E-books An Agenda for Action (Clinical Sociology: Research and Practice) PDF

By John G. Bruhn

A significant other to the authors' Handbook of medical Sociology (Plenum Press, 1991), this pioneering textual content presents an creation to this new box, protecting its improvement, equipment and instruments, and illustrates the functions of sociological options to present social difficulties. Drs. Bruhn and Rebach current a variety of examples to allow practitioners to use their problem-solving abilities. Key discussions deal with the values held by means of consumers and practitioners and concerns in terms of sociological overview and assessment. This integral source is superior by way of case illustrations, annotated bibliographies, and a word list of phrases.

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