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Der diskrete Charme der Moderne. Zeitgenössische Ideologien und ihre Kritik

Stefan Gandler, Der diskrete Charme der Moderne. Zeitgenössische Ideologien und ihre Kritik. Berlin/Münster/Wien/Zürich, Lit-Verlag, Col. Soziologie. Forschung und Wissenschaft, tomo 45, 2020, 186 pp. ISBN 978-3-643-14743-1.

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Bureaucracy, Collegiality and Social Change

Emmanuel Lazega, Sciences Po, CSO-CNRS, IUF, France
Edward Elgar Publishing  •  Cheltenham  •  2020

This insightful book theorizes the contrast between two logics of organization: bureaucracy and collegiality. Based on this theory and employing a new methodology to transform our sociological understanding, Emmanuel Lazega sheds light on complex organizational phenomena that impact markets, political economy, social networks and social stratification.

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Perspectives and Theories of Social Innovation for Ageing Population

In recent years we may observe increasing interest in the development of social innovation both regarding theory as well as the practice of responding to social problems and challenges. One of the crucial challenges at the beginning of the 21st century is population ageing. Various new and innovative initiatives, programs, schemes, and projects to respond to negative consequences of this demographic process are emerging around the world.

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Between Successful and Unsuccessful Ageing: Selected Aspects and Contexts

We provide to readers the 11th volume of the "Czech-Polish-Slovak Studies in Andragogy and Social Gerontology" series. We are delighted to announce that the presented study is the result of the work of scientists from seven countries: Austria, China, Ghana, Hungary, Japan, Poland, and Russia. This international collection of texts is part of the global discourse on the determinants of adult education and the functioning of people in late adulthood.

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Poverty, Crisis and Resilience

Edited by Marie Boost, Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Germany, Jennifer Dagg, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, Jane Gray, Maynooth University, Ireland and Markus Promberger, Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and University of Erlangen, Germany

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Myths, Narratives and Welfare States: The Impact of Stories on Welfare State Development

Bent Greve, Professor of Welfare State Analysis, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, Denmark

‘Bent Greve investigates the stories we tell ourselves about the welfare state and its workings. This book is not only a quick and authoritative reality check on these stories, it is also a path-breaking study of how such popular narratives influence social policy across Europe.’

– James Wickham, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

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Youth Migration and the Politics of Wellbeing: Stories of Life in Transition

ESA members get 25% discount on ALL Bristol University Press and Policy Press books with the code NBHSF when you order at: bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/youth-migration-and-the-politics-of-wellbeing


This book examines the factors affecting the health and wellbeing of young people as they transition to adulthood under the shadow of migration control.

Drawing on unique longitudinal data, it illuminates how they conceptualize wellbeing for themselves and others in contexts of prolonged and politically induced uncertainty.

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Religion and Belief Literacy: Reconnecting a Chain of Learning By Adam Dinham

ESA members get 25% discount on ALL Bristol University Press and Policy Press books with the code NBHSF when you order at: policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/religion-and-belief-literacy

This book presents a crisis of religion and belief literacy to which education at every level is challenged to respond.

As understanding different religions, beliefs and influences becomes increasingly important, it fills a gap for a resource in bringing together the debates around religious literacy, from theoretical approaches to teaching and policy.

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