Space Travel and Culture

From Apollo to Space Tourism

Author: David Bell,Martin Parker

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781405193320

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 1857

Explores the significance of the first Apollo moon landing and how the countless books, films, and products associated with factual space fiction had an affect on popular culture and artistic practice, but not social sciences and humanities Investigates how a topic is hugely important in popular culture, but almost invisible in the academy, and how it makes us want to ask questions about visibility, or perhaps self-censorship Evaluates how little impact the space age actually had on the social sciences and humanities - partly because its combination of military-industrial cold war politics, combined with patriarchy and big science, sits uneasily with contemporary thought in these areas Provides an interdisciplinary collection of essays on various aspects of NASA, the moon landing, and the commercialization of space generally The book travels from hard engineering to space romance, echoing the variety of attempts to blur science and culture

The Geography of Tourism and Recreation

Environment, Place and Space

Author: C. Michael Hall,Stephen J. Page

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135041563

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 458

View: 679

This fourth edition of The Geography of Tourism and Recreation provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the interrelationship between tourism, leisure and recreation from geographical and social science perspectives. It still remains the only book to systematically compare and contrast in a spatial context, tourism and recreation in relation to leisure time, offering insight into the demand, supply, planning, destination management and impacts of tourism and recreation. Whilst retaining its accessible style and approach this edition has been significantly updated to reflect recent developments and new concepts from geography which are beginning to permeate the tourism and recreational field. New features include: Content on the most recent developments, climate change, sustainability, mobilities and crisis management in time and space as well as trends such as low cost airlines and the control of land transport by transnational operators in the EU such as Arriva. More attention to management issues such as innovation and the spatial consequences for tourism and leisure development. New case studies and examples to showcase real life issues, from both developed and developing countries, especially the US, China and South Africa. Completely revised and redeveloped to accommodate new, user- friendly features: case studies, insights, summary points and learning objectives. Written by leading academics, this is essential reading for all tourism, geography, leisure and recreation students.

Un/knowing Bodies

Author: Joanna Latimer,Michael Schillmeier

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 5015

Leading international authors from across the social science disciplines explore the contemporary re-theorizing of bodies as known, knowing and unknowing. Presents cutting-edge research on ageing, disability, and biomedicine, together with original philosophical debates about the body and embodiment Offers exciting and creative approaches to researching disembodiment and to the practice, organization, and conduct of care Original exploration of contemporary theory and social philosophy on the body Includes innovative and creative approaches to care and primary research in medicine, genetics, disability, and ageing studies

Embodying Sociology

Retrospect, Progress and Prospects

Author: Chris Shilling

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781405167949

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 501

A study of ‘the body’ - one of the fastest growing, most influential, and most contested subjects in the social sciences and humanities. Includes cutting edge contributions from Europe, America and Asia Brings together a series of theoretical, methodological and empirical analyses by leading international exponents of body studies Explores the structural, interactional and phenomenological features of human embodiment Connects the concerns of classical sociologists to new advances in social theory, anthropology, feminism and social research Introduces the study of ‘body pedagogics’ Takes the sociological study of the body in an exciting new direction and opens up new horizons for the sociological imagination

Market Devices

Author: Michel Callon,Yuval Millo,Fabian Muniesa

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


Category: Social Science

Page: 326

View: 4805

Remembering elites

Author: Michael Savage,Karel Williams

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781405185462

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 295

View: 4482

This collection will be essential reading for all those interested in the intimate relationship between elites and the remaking of present day capitalism. Investigates how in the last thirty years elites have been forgotten in social sciences but remembered as capitalism Brings together an interdisciplinary team of contributors including sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists,and management researchers all arguing for and demonstrating the need to resume elite studies Tackles the paradox of memory and forgetting by explaining how neo-positivism and post-structuralist theory both marginalised elites as intellectual object while financialized capitalism created lucrative new elite positions Evaluates the historical changes since Thatcher and Reagan and explores the changing elite cultures in the civil service Explores the possibilities of a Bourdieusian, comparative analysis of business and finance within British and French business networks Includes essays which balance the concern with financialization on cultural elites and consumption of elites Considers whether there is still an ‘intellectual’ cultural elite and contributes empirical studies of elite consumption in the UK

Men in a Developing Society

Geographic and Social Mobility in Monterrey, Mexico

Author: Jorge Balán,Harley Linwood Browning,Elizabeth Jelin

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 029276362X

Category: Social Science

Page: 404

View: 606

The central objective of Men in a Developing Society is to show, as concretely as possible, how men experience a period of rapid economic development, particularly in the areas of migration, occupational mobility, and status attainment. It is based mainly on a sample of 1,640 men in Monterrey, Mexico, a large and rapidly growing manufacturing metropolis in northern Mexico with much in-migration, and a sample of 380 men in Cedral, San Luis Potosí, a small, economically depressed community with high rates of out-migration, much of it to Monterrey. The study of men in Monterrey is perhaps the most thorough one yet conducted of geographic and social mobility in a Latin American city. In part, this was possible because of the innovation of collecting complete life histories that record what each man was doing for any given year in the lay areas of residence, education, family formation, and work. These data permit the effective use of the concepts of life cycle and cohort analysis in the interpretation of the men's geographic and occupational mobility. The experience of the Monterrey men in adapting to the varied changes required by their mobility was not found to be as difficult as is often indicated in the social science literature on the consequences of economic development. In part this may be because Monterrey, in comparison with most other Latin American cities, has been unusually successful in its economic growth. The impact of migration also was lessened because most of the men had visited the city prior to moving there and many had friends or relatives in the city. The age of the migrants upon arrival in Monterrey made a significant difference in subsequent occupational mobility; those of nonfarm background who arrived before age 25 fared better than natives of the city. Although it appears that status inheritance in Monterrey is somewhat higher than in industrialized countries, a considerable proportion of men do move up the occupational ladder. And perhaps as important, the Monterrey men, whether or not they themselves are moving up, perceive the society as an open one. The very success of Monterrey's development created conditions that would bring about changes in the educational, economic, and cultural expectations of its inhabitants. Thus, paradoxically, the general satisfaction and the lack of group and class conflict in Monterrey over the previous decades may well have given rise to future dissatisfaction and conflict.

Statistical Methods for Geography

A Student’s Guide

Author: Peter A Rogerson

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473911109

Category: Social Science

Page: 424

View: 9013

How do beginning students of statistics for geography learn to fully understand the key concepts and apply the principal techniques? This text, now in its Fourth Edition, provides exactly that resource. Accessibly written, and focussed on student learning, it’s a statistics 101 that includes definitions, examples, and exercise throughout. Now fully integrated with online self-assessment exercises and video navigation, it explains everything required to get full credits for any undergraduate statistics module: Descriptive statistics, probability, inferential statistics, hypothesis testing and sampling, variance, correlation, regression analysis, spatial patterns, spatial data reduction using factor analysis and cluster analysis. Exercises in the text are complemented with online exercise and prompts that test the understanding of concepts and techniques, additional online exercises review understanding of the entire chapter, relating concepts and techniques. Completely revised and updated for accessibility, including new material (on measures of distance, statistical power, sample size selection, and basic probability) with related exercises and downloadable datasets. It is the only text required for undergraduate modules in statistical analysis, statistical methods, and quantitative geography.

Understanding Chinese Families

A Comparative Study of Taiwan and Southeast China

Author: C. Y. Cyrus Chu,Ruoh-Rong Yu

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191610410

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 7286

This book provides the reader with a comprehensive introduction to the distinguishing features of Chinese families. This first full scale study seeks to understand Chinese families within the Chinese social context and draws comparisons with existing western theories and models of the family. It also explores the connection between two Chinese societies across the Taiwan Strait and investigates if the unique features of Chinese families can be applied to broaden the scope of family analysis in general. This book covers ten core areas, including co-residence, marriage, fertility, education, mobility, gender preferences, family supports, filial feedbacks, housework allocation, and the dynamics of family norm changes. The book uses theory-based empirical studies with data collected from a unique panel survey conducted in various areas across the Taiwan Strait, namely Taiwan and Southeast China. The two focal points of the study are geographically close, ethnically homogeneous, and are open to the modern market economy. A comprehensive analysis of these two areas provides new insights into the similarities and differences of Chinese families, to what extent they are distinct from Western ones, and how these similarities and differences were formed. The uniquely complex nature of intra-family interactions in Chinese families and the rapidly changing social background against which these interactions occur make this a hugely fascinating topic.

Sociological Abstracts

Author: Leo P. Chall

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sociology

Page: N.A

View: 2866

CSA Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800+ serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.

New Society

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Great Britain

Page: N.A

View: 1651


Author: Frank Hamilton Hankins

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sociology

Page: N.A

View: 7698

Includes sections "Book reviews" and "Periodical literature."


Die Veränderung der Zeitstrukturen in der Moderne

Author: Hartmut Rosa

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518738054

Category: Social Science

Page: 537

View: 349

Das Buch unternimmt erstmals den Versuch, die sich potenzierende Dynamisierung gesellschaftlicher Verhältnisse, wie sie in der jüngsten politischen und digitalen Beschleunigungswelle etwa unter dem Stichwort ›Globalisierung‹ firmiert, systematisch zu erfassen und sie in ihren kulturellen und strukturellen Ursachen ebenso wie in ihren Auswirkungen auf die individuelle und kollektive Lebensführung zu analysieren. Entwickelt wird dabei die These, daß die zunächst befreiende und befähigende Wirkung der modernen sozialen Beschleunigung, die mit den technischen Geschwindigkeitssteigerungen des Transports, der Kommunikation oder der Produktion zusammenhängt, in der Spätmoderne in ihr Gegenteil umzuschlagen droht. Individuell wie kollektiv verändert sich die Erfahrung von Zeit und Geschichte: An die Stelle einer gerichteten Vorwärtsbewegung tritt die Wahrnehmung einer gleichsam bewegungslosen und in sich erstarrten Steigerungsspirale.

Beschleunigung und Entfremdung

Entwurf einer kritischen Theorie spätmoderner Zeitlichkeit

Author: Hartmut Rosa

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518731599

Category: Social Science

Page: 150

View: 1647

Die rasante Beschleunigung des sozialen Lebens ist eines der hervorstechenden Merkmale der Gegenwart, wird in den Sozialwissenschaften aber häufig übersehen. Hartmut Rosa hat mit seinen maßgeblichen Untersuchungen diesbezüglich Grundlagenarbeit geleistet. In seinem neuen Essay legt er dar, wie eine kritische Gesellschaftstheorie verfasst sein muss, die den Zusammenhang von Beschleunigung und Entfremdung ernst nimmt. Im Mittelpunkt steht die Frage nach dem guten Leben – und warum es uns heute vielfach nicht gelingt, ein solches zu führen. Immerhin sind durch die Liberalisierung moralischer Normen und sozialer Konventionen die in den westlichen Gesellschaften vorhandenen Freiräume des Einzelnen größer denn je, sich ein eigenes Konzept des guten Lebens zu wählen und zu verwirklichen. Dieser Liberalisierung steht jedoch die scheinbar unaufhaltsame Beschleunigung des sozialen Lebens im Kapitalismus gegenüber. Dieses Regime der Deadlines lässt Lebensentwürfe scheitern und führt zu einem sich immer stärker ausbreitenden Gefühl der Entfremdung. Behutsam und anhand von konkreten Beispielen sucht Rosa nach Formen nichtentfremdeten Lebens. Sein pointierter Essay ist nicht nur eine konzise Einführung in die Theorie der Beschleunigung, sondern eröffnet auch erste Perspektiven, wie wir dem rasenden Stillstand entkommen können.