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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.

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.

Inequality and the 1%

Inequality and the 1%

Author: Danny Dorling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2019

Since the Great Recession hit in 2008, the 1% has only grown richer while the rest find life increasingly tough. The gap between the haves and the have-nots has turned into a chasm. While the rich have found new ways of protecting their wealth, everyone else has suffered the penalties of austerity. But inequality is more than just economics. Being born outside the 1% has a dramatic impact on a person's potential: reducing life expectancy, limiting educational and work prospects, and even affecting mental health. What is to be done? In Inequality and the 1% leading social thinker Danny Dorling lays bare the extent and true cost of the division in our society and asks what have the super-rich ever done for us? He shows that it is the 1% that threatens us with the most harm and why we must urgently redress the balance

Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States

Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States

Author: Roberta Fiske-Rusciano Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2019

Through individual stories, essays, poetry, and critical analyses, Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States, Seventh Edition, introduces issues of race, class, and gender within an interdisciplinary framework. Themes of identity, power, and change are examined from many different perspectives and voices. In addition to its focus on minorities victimized by discrimination, this anthology includes the experiences of the privileged and of those who resist change, and reinforces students' understanding that they can effect changes in their lives and in society.

The Spirit vs. the Souls Max Weber, W. E. B. Du Bois, and the Politics of Scholarship

The Spirit vs. the Souls Max Weber, W. E. B. Du Bois, and the Politics of Scholarship

Author: Christopher A. McAuley Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2019

Despite the extensive scholarship on Max Weber (1864-1920) and W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963), very little of it examines the contact between the two founding figures of Western sociology. Drawing on their correspondence from 1904 to 1906, and comparing the sociological work that they produced during this period and afterward, The Spirit vs. the Souls: Max Weber, W. E. B. Du Bois, and the Politics of Scholarship examines for the first time the ideas that Weber and Du Bois shared on topics such as sociological investigation, race, empire, unfree labor, capitalism, and socialism. What emerges from this examination is that their ideas on these matters clashed far more than they converged, contrary to the tone of their letters and to the interpretations of the few scholars who have commented on the correspondence between Weber and Du Bois. Christopher McAuley provides close readings of key texts by the two scholars, including Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk, to demonstrate their different views on a number of issues, including the economic benefits of unfree labor in capitalism. The book addresses the distinctly different treatment of the two figures's political sympathies in past scholarship, especially that which discredits some of Du Bois's openly antiracist academic work while failing to consider the markedly imperialist-serving content of some of Weber's. McAuley argues for the acknowledgment and demarginalization of Du Bois's contributions to the scholarly world that academics have generally accorded to Weber. This book will interest students and scholars of black studies, history, and sociology for whom Du Bois and Weber are central figures.

Chinese Local Elites and Patterns of Dominance

Chinese Local Elites and Patterns of Dominance

Author: Joseph W. Esherick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/08/2019

This important volume affords a panoramic view of local elites during the dramatic changes of late imperial and Republic China. Eleven specialists present fresh, detailed studies of subjects ranging from cultivated upper gentry to twentieth-century militarists, from wealthy urban merchants to village leaders. In the introduction and conclusion the editors reassess the pioneering gentry studies of the 1960s, draw comparisons to elites in Europe, and suggest new ways of looking at the top people in Chinese local social systems. Chinese Local Elites and Patterns of Dominance lays the foundation for future discussions of Chinese elites and provides a solid introduction for non-specialists. Essays are by Stephen C. Averill, Lenore Barkan, Lynda S. Bell, Timothy Brook, Prasenjit Duara, Edward A. McCord, William T. Rowe, Keith Schoppa, David Strand, Rubie S. Watson, and Madeleine Zelin. This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1990.

Socio-Economic Foundations of the Russian Post-S - The Resource-Based Economy and Estate-Based Social Structure of Contemporary Russia

Socio-Economic Foundations of the Russian Post-S - The Resource-Based Economy and Estate-Based Social Structure of Contemporary Russia

Author: Simon Kordonsky, Svetlana Barsukova Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Simon Kordonsky divides the social structure of contemporary Russia into distinct estates or social groups and describes each organization's unique resource-based political and economic nature. As he guides readers through Russia's peculiar service and support estate system, Kordonsky reveals how remarkably effective inventing and institutionalizing threats can be in the distribution of scarce resources in a social system of this kind. His book emphasizes the fundamental differences between resource-based economies and traditional risk-based economies and their role in Russia's future.

Dr. Ambedkar and Untouchability Fighting the Indian Caste System

Dr. Ambedkar and Untouchability Fighting the Indian Caste System

Author: Christophe (Directeur du CERI, CERI) Jaffrelot Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2019

Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1891-1956) rose from a community of untouchables, to become a major figure in modern Indian history. Christophe Jaffrelot's biography reconsiders Dr. Ambedkar's life and thought and his unique combination of pragmatism and idealism. Establishing himself as a scholar, activist, journalist, and educator, Ambedkar ultimately found himself immersed in Indian politics and helped to draft the nation's constitution as law minister in Nehru's first cabinet. Ambedkar's ideas remain an inspiration to India's Dalit community.

Learning to Labor How Working-Class Kids Get Working-Class Jobs

Learning to Labor How Working-Class Kids Get Working-Class Jobs

Author: Paul Willis, Stanley Aronowitz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2019

A landmark work in sociology, cultural studies, and ethnography since its publication in 1977, Paul Willis's Learning to Labor is a provocative and troubling account of how education links culture and class in the reproduction of social hierarchy. Willis observed a working-class friendship group in an English industrial town in the West Midlands in their final years at school. These lads rebelled against the rules and values of the school, creating their own culture of opposition. Yet this resistance to official norms, Willis argues, prepared these students for working-class employment. Rebelling against authority made the lads experience the constraints that held them in subordinate class positions as choices of their own volition. Learning to Labor demonstrates the pervasiveness of class in lived experience. Its detailed and sympathetic ethnography emphasizes subjectivity and the role of working-class people in making their culture. Willis shows how resistance does not simply challenge the social order, but also constitutes it. The lessons of Learning to Labor apply as much to the United States as to the United Kingdom, especially the finding that education, rather than helping overcome hierarchies, can often perpetuate them, which is of renewed relevance at a time when education is trumpeted as meritocratic and a panacea for inequality.

Remaking a Life How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality

Remaking a Life How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality

Author: Celeste Watkins-Hayes Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2019

In the face of life-threatening news, how does our view of life change-and what do we do it transform it? Remaking a Life uses the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a lens to understand how women generate radical improvements in their social well being in the face of social stigma and economic disadvantage. Drawing on interviews with nationally recognized AIDS activists as well as over one hundred Chicago-based women living with HIV/AIDS, Celeste Watkins-Hayes takes readers on an uplifting journey through women's transformative projects, a multidimensional process in which women shift their approach to their physical, social, economic, and political survival, thereby changing their viewpoint of dying from AIDS to living with it. With an eye towards improving the lives of women, Remaking a Life provides techniques to encourage private, nonprofit, and government agencies to successfully collaborate, and shares policy ideas with the hope of alleviating the injuries of inequality faced by those living with HIV/AIDS everyday.

Remaking a Life How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality

Remaking a Life How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality

Author: Celeste Watkins-Hayes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2019

In the face of life-threatening news, how does our view of life change-and what do we do it transform it? Remaking a Life uses the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a lens to understand how women generate radical improvements in their social well being in the face of social stigma and economic disadvantage. Drawing on interviews with nationally recognized AIDS activists as well as over one hundred Chicago-based women living with HIV/AIDS, Celeste Watkins-Hayes takes readers on an uplifting journey through women's transformative projects, a multidimensional process in which women shift their approach to their physical, social, economic, and political survival, thereby changing their viewpoint of dying from AIDS to living with it. With an eye towards improving the lives of women, Remaking a Life provides techniques to encourage private, nonprofit, and government agencies to successfully collaborate, and shares policy ideas with the hope of alleviating the injuries of inequality faced by those living with HIV/AIDS everyday.