Society

ALTERNATIVE SINOLOGY


This series provides a dedicated outlet for monographs and possibly edited volumes that take alternative views on contemporary or historical China; use alternative research methodologies to achieve unique outcomes; focus on otherwise understudied or marginalized aspects of China, Chineseness, or the Chinese state and the Chinese cultural diaspora; or generally attempt to unsettle the status quo in Chinese Studies, broadly construed. There has never been a better time to embark on such a series, as both China and the academic disciplines engaged in studying it seem ready for change.

Series editors: Richard Madsen and Yangwen Zheng

 

ANTHROPOLOGY, CREATIVE PRACTICE AND ETHNOGRAPHY


The aim of Anthropology, Creative Practice and Ethnography is to provide a new forum for authors and practitioners from across the digital humanities and social sciences to explore the rapidly developing opportunities offered by visual, acoustic and textual media for generating ethnographic understandings of social, cultural and political life. It will address both established and experimental fields of visual anthropology, including film, photography, sensory and acoustic ethnography, ethnomusicology, graphic anthropology, digital media, and other creative modes of representation. It will be in offered in a range of formats including comparative and general works, monographs, edited collections and audiovisual media.

We very much look forward to hearing from authors interested in contributing to this collective adventure in contemporary ethnographic representation.

Series editors:

Faye Ginsburg faye.ginsburg@nyu.edu
Paul Henley paul.henley@manchester.ac.uk
Andrew Irving andrew.irving@manchester.ac.uk
Sarah Pink Sarah.Pink@monash.edu

 

CONTEMPORARY ANARCHIST STUDIES


Contemporary Anarchist Studies promotes the study of anarchism as a framework for understanding and acting on the most pressing problems of our times. The series publishes cutting-edge, socially engaged scholarship from around the world – bridging theory and practice, academic rigor and the insights of contemporary activism.

The topical scope of the series encompasses anarchist history and theory broadly construed; individual anarchist thinkers; anarchist informed analysis of current issues and institutions; and anarchist or anarchist-inspired movements and practices. Contributions informed by anti-capitalist, feminist, ecological, indigenous and non-Western or global South anarchist perspectives are particularly welcome. So, too, are manuscripts that promise to illuminate the relationships between the personal and the political aspects of transformative social change, local and global problems, and anarchism and other movements and ideologies. Above all, we wish to publish books that will help activist scholars and scholar activists think about how to challenge and build real alternatives to existing structures of oppression and injustice.

Series editors: Laurence Davis, Uri Gordon, Nathan Jun, Alex Prichard

 

CRITICAL THEORY AND CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY


The Critical Theory and Contemporary Society series aims to demonstrate the ongoing relevance of multi-disciplinary research in explaining the causes of pressing social problems today and in indicating the possible paths towards a libertarian transformation of twenty-first century society. It builds upon some of the main ideas of first generation critical theorists, including Horkheimer, Adorno, Benjamin, Marcuse and Fromm, but it does not aim to provide systematic guides to the work of those thinkers. Rather, each volume focuses on ways of thinking about the political dimensions of a particular topic, which include political economy, law, popular culture, globalization, feminism, theology and terrorism. Authors are encouraged to build on the legacy of first generation Frankfurt School theorists and their influences (Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche, Weber and Freud) in a manner that is distinct from, though not necessarily hostile to, the broad lines of second-generation critical theory. The series sets ambitious theoretical standards, aiming to engage and challenge an interdisciplinary readership of students and scholars across political theory, philosophy, sociology, history, media studies and literary studies.

Series editors: David M. Berry and Darrow Schecter

 

EUROPE IN CHANGE


Series editors: Thomas Christiansen and Emil Kirchner

 

GLOBALIZING SPORT STUDIES


Globalizing Sport Studies brings together the most innovative research in sport studies. Truly international, interdisciplinary and focusing on the latest empirical work, it will act as a hub (both online and in print) for social scientific and cultural studies in sport.

‘In my mind, this series is the most significant development in the sociology of sport in many years.’ Jay Coakley, University of Colorado, USA

Series editor: John Horne

 

HUMAN REMAINS AND VIOLENCE


Human Remains and Violence aims to question the social legacy of mass violence by studying how different societies have coped with the dead bodies resulting from war, genocide and state sponsored brutality. However, rather paradoxically, given the large volume of work devoted to the body on the one hand, and to mass violence on the other, the question of the body in the context of mass violence remains a largely unexplored area and even an academic blind spot. Interdisciplinary in nature, Human remains and violence intends to enlighten how various social and cultural treatments of the dead body simultaneously challenge common representations, legal practices and morality. This series aims to provide proper intellectual and theoretical tools for a better understanding of mass violence’s aftermaths in today’s societies.

This book series was created thanks to funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013) / ERC Grant Agreement n° 283-617.

Series editors: Élisabeth Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus

 

IRISH SOCIETY


The Irish Society series provides a critical, interdisciplinary and in-depth analysis of Ireland that reveals the processes and forces shaping social, economic, cultural and political life, and their outcomes for communities and social groups. The books seek to understand the evolution of social, economic and spatial relations from a broad range of perspectives, and explore the challenges facing Irish society in the future given present conditions and policy instruments.

Series editor: Rob Kitchin

 

MANCHESTER CAPITALISM


Manchester Capitalism is a series of books which follows the trail of money and power across the systems of our failing capitalism. The books make powerful interventions about who gets what and why in a research based and solidly argued way that is accessible for the concerned citizen. They go beyond critique of neo liberalism and its satellite knowledges to re-frame our problems and offer solutions about what is to be done.

Manchester was the city of Engels and Free Trade where the twin philosophies of collectivism and free market liberalism were elaborated. It is now the home of this venture in radical thinking that challenges self-serving elites. We see the provincial radicalism rooted here as the ideal place from which to cast a cold light on the big issues of economic renewal, financial reform and political mobilisation.

Series editors: Julie Froud and Karel Williams

 

MANCHESTER STUDIES IN RELIGION, CULTURE AND GENDER


Series editor: Grace M Jantzen

 

MATERIALISING THE DIGITAL


Materialising the Digital seeks to interrogate the infrastructures, relationships and imaginaries of digital technologies through situated, empirical analyses of the production, circulation and use of digital devices and systems.

Positioned at the intersection of media studies, STS, anthropology and sociology, the series will provide original, critical and theoretically innovative understandings of the implications of digital technologies for contemporary social life. Our intention is that this series will provide a solid ground from which to engage and critique the persistence of utopian, functionalist and dystopic visions of technological futures.

Series Editors: Hannah Knox and Adam Fish

 

MUSIC AND SOCIETY


Music and Society aims to bridge the gap between music scholarship and the human sciences. A deliberately eclectic series, its authors are nevertheless united by the contention that music is a social product, social resource, and social practice. As such it is not autonomous but is created and performed by real people in particular times and places; in doing so they reveal much about themselves and their societies.

In contrast to the established academic discourse, Music and Society is concerned with all forms of music, and seeks to encourage the scholarly analysis of both ‘popular' styles and those which have for too long been marginalised by that discourse – folk and ethnic traditions, music by and for women, jazz, rock, rap, reggae, muzak and so on. These sounds are vital ingredients in the contemporary cultural mix, and their neglect by serious scholars itself tells us much about the social and cultural stratification of our society.

The time is right to take a fresh look at music and its effects, as today's music resonates with the consequences of cultural globalisation and the transformations wrought by new electronic media, and as past styles are reinvented in the light of present concerns. There is, too, a tremendous upsurge of interest in cultural analysis. Music and Society does not promote a particular school of thought, but aims to provide a forum for debate; in doing so, the titles in the series bring music back into the heart of socio-cultural analysis.

Series editors: Peter J. Martin and Tia DeNora

 

NEW DIRECTIONS IN TERRORISM STUDIES


New Directions in Terrorism Studies aims to introduce new and innovative approaches to understanding terrorism and the terrorist. It does this by bringing forward innovative ideas and concepts to assist the practitioner, analyst and academic to better understand and respond to the threat of terrorism, challenging existing assumptions and moving the debate forward into new areas. The approach is characterized by an emphasis on intellectual quality and rigor, interdisciplinary perspectives, and a drawing together of theory and practice. The key qualities of the series are contemporary relevance, accessibility and innovation.

Series editors: Max Taylor, P. M. Currie and John Horgan

 

NEW DYNAMICS OF INNOVATION AND COMPETITION


This series, published in association with the ESRC Centre for Research in Innovation and Competition at the University of Manchester, emanates from an engagement of the Centre’s research agenda with a wide range of internationally renowned scholars in the field. The series casts new light on the significance of demand and consumption, markets and competition, and the complex inter-organisational basis for innovation processes. The volumes are multidisciplinary and comparative in perspective.

Series editor: Mark Harvey

 

NEW ETHNOGRAPHIES


New Ethnographies stimulates interest in ethnographic research methods across the social sciences. It places particular emphasis on work that engages with ethnography in new and interesting ways, exploring how the study of certain kinds of new cultural and social phenomena demand imaginative reconfigurations of more traditional approaches to ethnographic fieldwork.

Series editor: Alexander T. Smith

 

THE OXFORD AMNESTY LECTURES
 
PERSPECTIVES ON DEMOCRATIC PRACTICE


With the ebbing away of the ‘third wave’ of democratisation, democratic practice is unfolding and consolidating in different ways. While state based representative democracy remains central to our understanding of the concept, we are also conscious of the importance of social movements, non-governmental organisations and governance institutions. New mechanisms of accountability are being developed, together with new political vocabularies to address these elements in democratic practice. The books published in this series focus on three aspects of democratic practice: analytical and normative democratic theory, including processes by which democratic practice can be explained and achieved; new social and protest movements, especially work with a comparative and international focus; and institution-building and practice, including transformations in democratic institutions in response to social and democratic forces. Their importance arises from the fact that they are concerned with key questions about how power can be more fairly distributed and how people can be empowered to have a greater influence on decisions that affect their lives.

This series takes forward the intellectual project of the earlier MUP series, Perspectives on Democratization.

Series Editors: Shirin M. Rai and Wyn Grant

 

RACISM, RESISTANCE AND SOCIAL CHANGE


Racism, Resistance and Social Change is committed to providing a forum for the publication of challenging and innovative scholarship on questions about race, racism and ethnic relations. We have seen intense debate about these issues both globally and within particular geopolitical environments. Our main objective in this series is to provide a forum for scholars from a range of theoretical and political perspectives to publish their work and to develop a dialogue that has an international and multidisciplinary focus. We aim to publish both theoretically driven research as well as research with a more historical and empirical frame.

Series editors: John Solomos, Satnam Virdee and Aaron Winter

 

SOCIAL AND POLITICAL POWER


Power is one of the most fundamental concepts in social science. Yet, despite the undisputed centrality of power to social and political life, few have agreed on exactly what it is or how it manifests itself. Social and Political Power is a book series which provides a forum for this absolutely central, and much debated, social phenomenon. The series is theoretical, in both a social scientific and normative sense, yet also empirical in its orientation. Theoretically it is oriented towards the Anglo-American tradition, including Dahl and Lukes, as well as to the Continental perspectives, influenced either by Foucault and Bourdieu, or by Arendt and the Frankfurt School. Empirically, the series provides an intellectual forum for power research from the disciplines of sociology, political science and the other social sciences, and also for policy-oriented analysis.

Series editor: Mark Haugaard

 

UNIVERSITIES AND LIFELONG LEARNING


Universities and Lifelong Learning analyses the external engagement activities of universities and third-level institutions and is concerned with the range of activity that lies beyond the traditional mission of teaching and research. This is an area that until now has seldom been explored in depth and has rarely if ever been treated in a holistic manner.

Series editor: Professor Michael Osborne