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Social Structure and Social Stratification in Contemporary China

Social Structure and Social Stratification in Contemporary China

Author: Xueyi Lu Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/11/2019

What is the social structure of Chinese society in the 21st century? How should China address the problem of migrant workers? How can China form a modern society? These key sociological issues are some of the topics this book covers. This book is a collection of the research articles and lectures that Dr. Lu Xueyi, the former Head of the Institute of Sociology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has published since the 1980s. The author discusses the social structure, social stratification, social construction and development of contemporary Chinese society. Arguing that the gap between economic and social development has become the major social issue facing modern China, the author advocates paying close attention to the country's social structure and the growth of the middle-class. The book will be of interest for all scholars and students of Sociology and Chinese Studies.

Social Construction and Social Development in Contemporary China

Social Construction and Social Development in Contemporary China

Author: Xueyi Lu Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/11/2019

What is the social structure of Chinese society in the 21st century? How should China address the problem of migrant workers? How can China form a modern society? These key sociological issues are some of the topics this book covers. This book is a collection of the research articles and lectures that Dr. Lu Xueyi, the former Head of the Institute of Sociology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has published since the 1980s. The author discusses the social structure, social stratification, social construction and development of contemporary Chinese society. Arguing that the gap between economic and social development has become the major social issue facing modern China, the author advocates paying close attention to the country's social structure and the growth of the middle-class. The book will be of interest for all scholars and students of Sociology and Chinese Studies.

Social Entrepreneurship and Neoliberalism Making Money While Doing Good

Social Entrepreneurship and Neoliberalism Making Money While Doing Good

Author: Carolina Bandinelli Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/11/2019

Contemporary Western societies seem to be marked by a revival of ethics: virtually every actor claims to be doing something `good', or even to be willing to `change the world'. Social innovation, sharing economy and ethical business are just few of the tags attached to this manifold cultural trend, which is indicative of the attempt to reintegrate ethical responsibility with economic conduct. But how can entrepreneurship be redefined as the best way to express one's will to change society? How can people decide to actualise their desire to change how things are by means of a business? Social Entrepreneurship and Neoliberalism: Making Money While Doing Good tackles these questions, offering a critical yet empathetic account of the lifeworld of young social entrepreneurs in London and Milan.

Social Entrepreneurship and Neoliberalism Making Money While Doing Good

Social Entrepreneurship and Neoliberalism Making Money While Doing Good

Author: Carolina Bandinelli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/11/2019

Contemporary Western societies seem to be marked by a revival of ethics: virtually every actor claims to be doing something `good', or even to be willing to `change the world'. Social innovation, sharing economy and ethical business are just few of the tags attached to this manifold cultural trend, which is indicative of the attempt to reintegrate ethical responsibility with economic conduct. But how can entrepreneurship be redefined as the best way to express one's will to change society? How can people decide to actualise their desire to change how things are by means of a business? Social Entrepreneurship and Neoliberalism: Making Money While Doing Good tackles these questions, offering a critical yet empathetic account of the lifeworld of young social entrepreneurs in London and Milan.

Uberland How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work

Uberland How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work

Author: Alex Rosenblat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2019

Silicon Valley technology is transforming the way we work, and Uber is leading the charge. An American startup that promised to deliver entrepreneurship for the masses through its technology, Uber instead built a new template for employment using algorithms and Internet platforms. Upending our understanding of work in the digital age, Uberland paints a future where any of us might be managed by a faceless boss. The neutral language of technology masks the powerful influence algorithms have across the New Economy. Uberland chronicles the stories of drivers in more than twenty-five cities in the United States and Canada over four years, shedding light on their working conditions and providing a window into how they feel behind the wheel. The book also explores Uber's outsized influence around the world: the billion-dollar company is now influencing everything from debates about sexual harassment and transportation regulations to racial equality campaigns and labor rights initiatives. Based on award-winning technology ethnographer Alex Rosenblat's firsthand experience of riding over 5,000 miles with Uber drivers, daily visits to online forums, and face-to-face discussions with senior Uber employees, Uberland goes beyond the headlines to reveal the complicated politics of popular technologies that are manipulating both workers and consumers.

Elite North Korean Defectors in South Korea

Elite North Korean Defectors in South Korea

Author: Sheena Choi Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Many of the defectors from North Korea to South Korea are elite people, who had privileged lives in North Korea. Many of these were North Koreans studying in Eastern Europe around the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and who defected at that time. These people, marked out as high flyers by the North Korean regime, have high levels of social and cultural capital, and have risen to positions of leadership and authority in South Korea. This book, which presents detailed case studies of individual North Korean defectors, explores the reasons for their defection, examines how they have adjusted to life in South Korea, and discusses the implications in all this for national reunification.

We Have Never Been Middle Class How Social Mobility Misleads Us

We Have Never Been Middle Class How Social Mobility Misleads Us

Author: Hadas Weiss Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2019

Tidings of a shrinking middle class in one part of the world and its expansion in another absorb our attention, but seldom do we question the category itself. We Have Never Been Middle Class proposes that the middle class is an ideology. Tracing this ideology up to the age of financialisation, it exposes the fallacy in the belief that we can all ascend or descend as a result of our aspirational and precautionary investments in property and education. Ethnographic accounts from Germany, Israel, the United States and elsewhere illustrate how this belief orients us, in our private lives as much as in our politics, toward accumulation-enhancing yet self-undermining goals. This meshing of anthropology and critical theory elucidates capitalism by way of its archetypal actors.

Leo Tolstoy and the Canadian Doukhobors A Study in Historic Relationships. Expanded and Revised Edition

Leo Tolstoy and the Canadian Doukhobors A Study in Historic Relationships. Expanded and Revised Edition

Author: Andrew Donskov Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2019

Following the completion of his major novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, Russian writer Leo Tolstoy experienced a spiritual crisis that led him to denounce the privileges of his social class and its attendant material wealth and embrace the simple rural life of the peasantry. In the persecuted Russian Doukhobor sect, who also rejected militarism and church ritual in favour of finding God in their hearts, he saw a prime example of how it was possible to live his new-found pacifist ideals in everyday life. He was so taken with their lifestyle, calling the Doukhobors people of the 25th century, that, in 1898, he decided to help finance their mass emigration to Canada, away from the persecutions of the Russian church and state. Donskov's expanded study presents an outline of Doukhobor history and beliefs, their harmony with Tolstoy's lifelong aim of unity of people , and the portrayal of Doukhobors in Tolstoy's writings. This edition features Tolstoy's complete correspondence with Doukhobor leader Petr Vasil'evich Verigin. Three guest essays by prominent Canadian Doukhobors are also included. Supported by a considerable array of source materials, Donskov's monograph will be of relevance to anyone interested in religious, philosophical, sociological, pacifist, historical, or literary studies. This book is published in English. - A la suite de la redaction de ses deux romans les plus importants, Guerre et paix et Anna Karenine, l'auteur russe Leon Tolstoi a vecu une crise spirituelle qui l'a amene a denoncer les privileges dont jouissait sa classe sociale et les richesses materielles afferentes, et a accueillir la vie champetre du paysan. Dans la secte persecutee des Doukhobors, qui rejetaient aussi le militarisme et les rituels de l'Eglise en elisant plutot de trouver Dieu dans leur coeur, il decouvrait un exemple eloquent de la possibilite de vivre ses nouveaux ideaux pacifistes au quotidien. Leur style de vie les attirait tant - il appelait les Doukhobors les gens du XXVe siecle - qu'il decida en 1898 d'aider a financer leur emigration en masse vers le Canada, loin de la persecution de l'Eglise et de l'Etat russes. L'etude approfondie d'Andrew Donskov presente les grandes lignes de l'histoire et des croyances des Doukhobors, leur harmonie avec l'objet de toute la vie de Tolstoi qui souhaitait un peuple uni et le portrait des Doukhobors qu'en a fait Tolstoi dans ses ecrits. Cette edition comprend la correspondance entiere entre Tolstoi et le chef des Doukhobors, Petr Vasil'evich Verigin. L'edition est couronnee de trois essais d'eminents Doukhobors canadiens. Appuyee par une panoplie considerable de donnees initiales, cette monographie de Donskov ne manquera pas d'etre pertinente pour ceux qui s'interessent aux etudes religieuses, philosophiques, sociologiques, pacifistes, historiques ou litteraires. Ce livre est publie en anglais.

Can Class Still Unite? The Differentiated Work Force, Class Solidarity and Trade Unions

Can Class Still Unite? The Differentiated Work Force, Class Solidarity and Trade Unions

Author: Guy Van Gyes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2019

This title was first published in 2001. This detailed study of European trade unions also addresses academic concerns about the continuing relevance of the class concept as an analytical tool. As a social movement, the trade union has always used the class principal to unite and defend workers, and the diverse contributions to this volume enable the more accurate positioning of class discourse within both the debate about trade unions and wider sociological inquiry.

The Nobility of the Election of Bayeux, 1463-1666 Continuity Through Change

The Nobility of the Election of Bayeux, 1463-1666 Continuity Through Change

Author: James B. Wood Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2019

Reconstructing the collective experience of an entire provincial nobility over a period of more than two centuries, James Wood finds current theories about the early modernFrench nobility inadequate. Concentrating on socio-economic structures and changes, he analyzes the composition and way of life of all the nobles--poor and prosperous, obscure and notable--who lived in the election of Bayeux between the mid-fifteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries. Combining a regional historical perspective with the methods of quantitative social history, Professor Wood demonstrates the broader significance of his findings for general historical interpretations of the nobility and of early modern France as well. Originally published in 1980. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Elites in French Society The Politics of Survival

Elites in French Society The Politics of Survival

Author: Ezra N. Suleiman Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2019

Why do some elites survive while others do not? How do certain institutions manage to preserve their importance in the face of crises, instability, and change? How does a democratic society legitimize elitist institutions? Combining the use of important social theories--particularly those of Mosca, Schumpeter, Tocqueville, and Pareto--with empirical analysis, Ezra Suleiman tries to answer these questions in his examination of the dominance and stability of France's governing elites. The author draws on original survey data, historical evidence, and specialized documentary sources. His three part discussion deals, first, with the state institutions that nurture the French elite; second, with the organization, legitimization, and adaptation of the elite and its institutions; and third, with some of the policy and political implications of France's elitist system. In the final section of his book, he closely examines the relationship between elites in the public and private sectors. In his investigation of France's state-created elites, Professor Suleiman shows the great importance of the grandes ecoles in training and promoting the elites, and the grand corps in providing a base from which the elites launch themselves into extra-governmental careers. He also finds that the elites' capacity to adapt to an evolving social, political, and economic environment is a major factor in their ability to survive. Originally published in 1979. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Peasant Economy, Culture, and Politics of European Russia, 1800-1921

Peasant Economy, Culture, and Politics of European Russia, 1800-1921

Author: Esther Kingston-Mann Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2019

This collection of original essays provides a rare in-depth look at peasant life in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European Russia. It is the first English-language text to deal extensively with peasant women and patriarchy; the role of magic, healing, and medicine in village life; communal economic innovation; rural poverty and labor migration from the village perspective; the agricultural hiring market as workers' turf; and the regional components of the late nineteenth-century agrarian crisis. Originally published in 1991. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.