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The Aesthetic Labor of Ethnographers  

Kjerstin Gruys and David J. Hutson

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Apr 2019
This chapter uses a comparative case method, drawing on autoethnographic accounts to explore how ethnographers perform aesthetic labor across two research sites: a women’s plus-size ... More

Affluence, Anti-Consumerism, and the Politics of Consumption  

Kim Humphery

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Dec 2018
This chapter explores “anti-consumerist” critique and practice as articulated in a range of Western nations over the last two decades. It surveys the rise of a twenty-first-century ... More

Afghan Experiences of Displacement  

Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase

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Feb 2019
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Oct 2018
This chapter focuses on research among internally displaced Afghan communities who had fled to Pakistan over the protracted periods of conflict and were then unable to return to their ... More

Agent-Based Computational Models of Reputation and Status Dynamics  

André Grow and Andreas Flache

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Aug 2019
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Jun 2019
Social scientists increasingly construe social life as a complex dynamic process, in which macro-level properties of social systems can emerge from individuals’ actions and interactions in ... More

Aging, Gender, and the Body  

Laura Hurd Clarke

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Jan 2019
In this chapter, the author considers some of the theoretical and methodological conundrums that she encountered in her qualitative research that has focused on later life experiences of ... More

Aid and Global Poverty  

Simon Feeny and Mark McGillivray

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May 2016
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Apr 2017
This article examines the relationship between foreign aid and poverty in developing countries, with the goal of determining whether donor governments are motivated and actively set out to ... More

Alienation, or Why Capitalism is Bad for Us  

Dan Swain

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Jun 2019
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Oct 2018
This chapter considers the significance of Marx’s concept of alienation to his overall criticism of capitalism. At the concept’s core is the idea that while labor is potentially a ... More

Analytic Ethnography  

Diane Vaughan

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Jan 2011
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Jun 2017
This article examines the unique contribution that analytic ethnography has made and can make to accomplishing two of the key principles of analytical sociology: developing theoretical ... More

Analytical Sociology and Theories of the Middle Range  

Peter Hedström and Lars Udehn

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Jan 2011
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Jun 2017
This article locates analytic sociology in the Mertonian tradition of middle-range theory, which focuses on partial explanation of phenomena observed in different social domains through ... More

Analyzing the Middle East  

Gilbert Achcar

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Jun 2019
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Nov 2018
Marx’s historical materialism is a powerful antidote to culturalist essentialism of the kind that became known as Orientalism after Edward Said. The Marxian perspective allows for a full ... More

Analyzing the Socio-Technical Transformation of Energy Systems: The Concept of “Sustainability Transitions”  

Harald Rohracher

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Sep 2018
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Jul 2018
Dealing with the immense societal challenges of climate change and resource depletion requires no less than a fundamental transformation of the energy system, comprising not only ... More

Antecedents and Consequences of Gossip in Work Groups  

Bianca Beersma, Gerben A. van Kleef, and Maria T. M. Dijkstra

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Aug 2019
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Jun 2019
This chapter provides an overview of the antecedents and consequences of gossip in work groups. First, the chapter reviews the different motives for gossip in work groups (i.e., bonding, ... More

The Anthropocene Thesis  

Simon Dalby

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Dec 2018
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Dec 2018
The theme of the Anthropocene raises fundamental questions for how world politics is now to be understood. Geopolitics can now no longer take the context of the human drama for granted; ... More

Are We on the Cusp of a Global Renewable Energy Transition?  

Sybille Roehrkasten

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Sep 2018
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Jul 2018
This chapter examines global energy trends, whether a global renewable energy transition is already taking place, and what steps are needed to further accelerate the global deployment of ... More

Art and the Cultural Transmission of Globalization  

Linda Williams

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Dec 2018
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Dec 2018
This chapter assesses how from early modernity to the present day, art has been a significant agent in the cultural transmission of globalization. It is a cultural legacy, however, that ... More

Asia and the Shift in Marx’s Conception of Revolution and History  

Lin Chun

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Jun 2019
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Sep 2018
Through a revisit of the evolution of Marx’s ideas about Oriental society and the village community, this chapter explores the methodological meaning of Asia for the Marxist conception of ... More

Australia and People Seeking Asylum who Arrive by Boat  

Caroline Fleay

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Feb 2019
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Sep 2018
Throughout the past forty years various leaders from both major political parties in Australia have categorized the arrival by boat of people seeking asylum as a “crisis” and the people ... More

Beliefs  

Jens Rydgren

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Jan 2011
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Jun 2017
This article examines the multiple mechanisms by which beliefs are formed — from observation, social influence/socialization, induction, deduction from other beliefs, adaptation to desire ... More

The Biosocial Study of Ethnicity  

Frank Salter

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Apr 2018
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Mar 2018
This chapter reviews behavioral biological analyses of ethnic solidarity and conflict. The universality of ethnic behavior, including frequent altruism, points to evolutionary origins. ... More

Bourdieu and Geometric Data Analysis  

Frédéric Lebaron and Brigitte Le Roux

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Apr 2018
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Apr 2018
Chapter abstract The extent to which the concepts of field and social space are linked to a concrete mode of empirical research—and in particular to a set of original statistical tools—has ... More

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