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This ground-breaking book offers a deep and original analysis of the Mafia – in particular Cosa Nostra – as a distinct form of politics. Marco Santoro breaks with criminal and economic approaches which see the Mafia as an industry of private protection and rationally calculating wealth accumulation. Instead he argues that it represents an alternative way of organizing political relations, the exercise of power, and the struggle for prestige. Nor is this a distortion or failure of the modern Western state, based on the rule of law: the Mafia is best understood as an older, alternative tradition of politics, a distinctly Southern institutional arrangement of social life focused on personal ties and obligations. Today, the Mafia still thrives among subaltern classes and in regions that the modern state has not yet incorporated, as a conservative counter-politics of prestige. Pivotal to understanding this world is a cultural sociology of the Mafia, offering the tools and concepts necessary to penetrate the symbolism and structures of Mafia life. Blending diverse theoretical strands with folk sources and the voices of Mafiosi themselves, Santoro develops a political theory of the Mafia, shedding new light on this captivating, global, and remarkably resilient phenomenon.

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In a context marked by the virulent return of patriarchal and white supremacist attitudes, a new generation of feminist activists are continuing the struggle: these are very feminist times. But how do these and other movements relate to the contemporary posthuman condition? <br /> <br /> In this important new book, Rosi Braidotti examines the implications of the posthuman turn for feminist theory and practice. She defines the posthuman turn as a convergence between posthumanism on the one hand and post-anthropocentrism on the other, and she examines their complex relationship and joint impact. Braidotti claims that mainstream posthuman scholarship has neglected feminist theory, while in fact feminism is one of the precursors of the posthuman turn, through diverse social movements and political traditions. <i>Posthuman Feminism</i> is an analytic and creative response to contemporary conditions and a call to action. It highlights the constraints but also the potentialities available to feminist political subjects as they confront the ever-growing injustices of sexism, racism, ecocide and neoliberal capitalism. <br /> <br /> This bold new text by a leading feminist philosopher will be of great interest to students and scholars throughout the humanities and social sciences.

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As disputes concerning the environment, the economy, and pandemics occupy public debate, we need to learn to navigate matters of public concern when facts are in doubt and expertise is contested. Controversy Mapping  is the first book to introduce readers to the observation and representation of contested issues on digital media. Drawing on actor-network theory and digital methods, Venturini and Munk outline the conceptual underpinnings and the many tools and techniques of controversy mapping. They review its history in science and technology studies, discuss its methodological potential, and unfold its political implications. Through a range of cases and examples, they demonstrate how to chart actors and issues using digital fieldwork and computational techniques. A preface by Richard Rogers and an interview with Bruno Latour are also included. A crucial field guide and hands-on companion for the digital age,  Controversy Mapping  is an indispensable resource for students and scholars of media and communication, as well as activists, journalists, citizens, and decision makers.

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Segregation is one of the starkest social realities of contemporary societies. Though often associated with explicitly racist laws of the past, it is a phenomenon that persists to this day and is a crucial element for understanding group relations and the wellbeing of different populations in society. In this book, Eric Fong and Kumiko Shibuya provide a thorough discussion of the evolving complexity of segregation in all its variety and variations. The authors focus not only on past trends and the development of segregation measures, but also the current state of affairs, and demonstrate the connections between the segregation of racial/ethnic groups, immigrant communities, and schools, along with poverty concentration. By taking a wide, cross-cutting view, the authors identify commonalities and differences in the causes, mechanisms, and consequences of segregation. Spatial and social segregation together perpetuate and reinforce the unequal distribution of resources among racial and ethnic groups, which in turn can have positive and negative consequences for individuals and groups. This critical overview of segregation will be a valuable and insightful resource for students of sociology, geography, and ethnic studies, as well as those keen to get a handle on this persistent challenge to equal and inclusive societies.

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Family relations are undergoing dramatic changes globally and locally. At the same time, certain features of family life endure. This popular book, now in a fully updated second edition, presents a comprehensive assessment of recent research on 'family', parenting, childhood and interpersonal ties. A Sociology of Family Life queries assumptions about a disintegration of 'the family' by revealing a remarkable persistence of commitment and reciprocity across cultures, within new as well as traditional family forms. Yet, while new kinds of intimate relationships such as 'friends as family' and LGBTQ+ intimacies become commonplace, such personal relationships can still be difficult to negotiate in the face of wider structural norms. With a focus on factors such as class, gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality, this new edition highlights inequalities that influence and curb families and personal life transnationally. Alongside substantial new material on cultural and digital transformations, the book features extensive updates on issues ranging from demography, migration, ageing and government policies to reproductive technologies, employment and care. With a global focus, and blending theory with real-life examples, this insightful and engaging book will remain indispensable to students across the social sciences.

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La práctica narrativa se ha convertido en un nuevo paradigma de la intervención social, por ello es importante acercarse al conocimiento de la construcción epistemológica de este modelo de trabajo social. El objetivo del libro es demostrar la capacidad de impacto de este modelo en las profesionales que trabajan en este ámbito, cuya posición de poder es cuestionada por los paradigmas posmodernos y posestructuralistas. Así mismo, nos acerca a la práctica de estas trabajadoras y demás profesionales de los servicios sociales en su ejercicio cotidiano: cómo, a través del nuevo modelo de la práctica narrativa, se cambia la percepción de la realidad de los problemas sociales y cómo las personas consultantes pueden encontrar un relato diferente que les permita tomar conciencia de su empoderamiento ante la adversidad.

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Wer sich mit aktuellen Erziehungsfragen auseinandersetzt, sollte sich auch einen Überblick über die bisher praktizierten Erziehungsformen verschaffen. Timo Hoyer führt in diesem Band anschaulich in die Sozialgeschichte der Erziehung, der Kindheit, der Familie und der Schule ein. Er spannt den Bogen von der Antike bis zur Moderne und betrachtet dabei vor dem Hintergrund der jeweiligen politischen und kulturellen Situation sowohl die Aspekte der privaten als auch der öffentlichen Erziehung. So rekonstruiert und analysiert der Autor bspw. die klösterliche Bildung im Mittelalter, die Gouvernanten und Hofmeister der frühen Neuzeit, die Kinderarbeit während der Industriellen Revolution oder die Entwicklung vorschulischer Erziehungseinrichtungen und Kindergärten. Damit ermöglicht er es dem Leser, die aktuellen Reformdebatten in einen historischen Kontext einzubetten und neu zu bewerten.

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Fins a quin punt els actuals models d'ordenació del territori permeten donar solució a problemes tan greus com la despoblació de l'interior, la infraestructura verda o la sostenibilitat dels ecosistemes? En quina mesura el canvi de model d'ordenació del territori pot revertir les creixents desigualtats entre litoral i interior? La creació d'ens territorials administratius d'escala intermèdia, pot contribuir a millorar la prestació de serveis indispensables en les àrees rurals? Es pot evitar que queden obsolets els plans d'acció dissenyats per a combatre aquests problemes quan s'allarga el temps d'implementació de les solucions adoptades? Són algunes de les reflexions, essencials per a la vertebració territorial valenciana, que foren exposades en la trobada celebrada al febrer de 2019 entre especialistes de la Universitat de València, investigadors dels instituts d'estudis comarcals (IDECO) i representants polítics de l'administració pública local.

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Durante años, el principal objetivo de las investigaciones urbanas en España consistió en estudiar las raíces del intenso proceso urbanizador asociado a la burbuja inmobiliaria. Más tarde, se dirigieron hacia los graves efectos provocados por la crisis de ese modelo de crecimiento. No obstante, desde 2013 se ha iniciado un nuevo ciclo inmobiliario marcado por la recuperación de la inversión y la compraventa de viviendas, la nueva escalada de los precios o la burbuja del alquiler en las grandes ciudades, que genera nuevos conflictos. El libro analiza la evolución de la actividad inmobiliaria en España durante el último cuarto de siglo prestando especial atención a las estrategias de los actores financieros, esenciales para comprender estos procesos. Sus principales novedades son el estudio pormenorizado de este nuevo ciclo y sus fuertes contrastes territoriales, así como de las estrategias de los nuevos operadores financieros, que compiten con los tradicionales por repartirse el negocio urbano, lo que acentúa el proceso de mercantilización de la ciudad.