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The ISA Handbook in Contemporary Sociology

Ann Denis University of Ottawa
Devorah Kalekin-Fishman University of Haifa
© 2009   504 pages   SAGE Publications Ltd   
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Hardcover ISBN: 9781412934633 £95.00
Ebook ISBN: 9781849205122
Other Titles in: Sociology
'This Handbook is the first published by the ISA in this millennium; representing the fruit of in-depth dynamics it invites us to give all necessary attention to the concepts of conflict, cooperation and competition. By reflecting on the possible articulations of these concepts and attempting to apply them in diverse fields of social science the editors give voice to those who are studying the world as it is and perform the service of returning a set of concepts, approaches or paradigms to their legitimate place.

I thank them warmly for offering us this fine volume, which, clearly, will be a milestone.' - Michel Wieviorka, President, International Sociological Association

This new ISA handbook presents and tracks the transformation of the societies and social relations that characterize the twenty-first century. The volume is organized around a conceptualization of three processes that are fundamental to the analyses of micro, meso and macro social relations: Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation.

In addition to chapters that delve into sociological theory, case studies and overviews of subfields discuss and contextualize debates from an international perspective, incorporating relevant material about North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Chapters on topics and fields crucial to the experience of people around the world include, among others:

. Childhood Studies

. Consumption

. Hunger

. Labour Studies

. Peace-Keeping and the Military

. Sociology and the Law

. Sociology of Health

. Sociology of Sport

. Welfare

Systematic and informed, the handbook will serve readers in all branches of the social sciences, providing both experienced researchers and novices with the materials to explore the different domains of contemporary life.

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