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Looking at a series of intimate moments that affect people, the author of three "New York Times" Notable Books offers fresh essays on how everyday lives are shaped by modern capitalism. 2 charts.
Praise for the first edition: "Profoundly original. . .terribly important."--Studs Terkel ""The Managed Heart "is written so accessibly that it appeals to both the academic and the general reader."--Gail Sheehy, "New York Times Book Review " "Perceptive study of 'emotional labor'--jobs like those of [flight attendants], in which workers are trained to use emotion as actors do, but who. . .often end up unsure of what they really feel."--"New York Times "Books of the Year, 1983 "A worthy study of the high, and often hidden, personal costs that people in certain occupations pay for agreeing to treat their feelings as merchandise."--"San Jose Mercury News "
Enough is an ancient 'master concept', which today finds renewed expression in a variety of proposals for a transition to a better world. Each one of us has an innate sense of enough; everybody can play a part in the movement of enough and at the same time improve daily well being. The book is a unique blend of ideas, practice and resources, integrating philosophy, morality, ecology, spirituality, self-help, citizenship, leadership, economics and politics.
This book outlines the history and developments of interactionist social thought through a consideration of its key figures. Arranged chronologically, each chapter illustrates the impact that individual sociologists working within an interactionism framework have had on interactionism as perspective and on the discipline of sociology as such. It presents analyses of interactionist theorists from Georg Simmel through to Herbert Bulmer and Erving Goffman and onto the more recent contributions of Arlie R. Hochschild and Gary Alan Fine. Through an engagement with the latest scholarship this work shows that in a discipline often focused on macrosocial developments and large-scale structures, the interactionist perspective which privileges the study of human interaction has continued relevance. The broad scope of this book will make it an invaluable resource for scholars and students of sociology, social theory, cultural studies, media studies, social psychology, criminology and anthropology.
After the surprising publishing success of the so-called New Atheists, it has become clear that there is a market for critical discussions about religion. A religion is much more complex than a set of beliefs that cannot be proven. as the New Atheists argue. There is in fact, much more to religion and much more to the arguments about its truth claims This book seeks to bring together a range of both critical and apologetic discussions examining some element or function of religion. While half of the contributors present views critical on some aspects of religion, the other half are apologetic in nature. seeking to defend or extend some particular religious argument. Covering a wide range of topics, including ethics, religious pluralism. the existence of God, and the reasonableness of Islam, these chapters all share arguments that are conveyed in care ful and scholarly ways In contrast to the unrcasonableness that creeps into discussions on religion in American society, their goal is to represent reasonable perspectives on a wide swath of contemporary religious debates.
The concept of emotional labour has largely emerged from the analysis of organizations in the West. However, little has been written about the issue of what defines emotional labour and how it is configured in different cultural contexts. This book addresses this gap in the literature and considers how, and in what ways, emotional labour characterises formal and informal work environments in Southeast Asia.
Why doesn't self-help help? Cultural critic Micki McGee puts forward this paradoxical question as she looks at a world where the market for self-improvement products--books, audiotapes, and extreme makeovers--is exploding, and there seems to be no end in sight. Rather than seeing narcissism at the root of the self-help craze, as others have contended, McGee shows a nation relying on self-help culture for advice on how to cope in an increasingly volatile and competitive work world. Self-Help, Inc. reveals how makeover culture traps Americans in endless cycles of self-invention and overwork as they struggle to stay ahead of a rapidly restructuring economic order. A lucid and fascinating treatment of the modern obsession with work and self-improvement, this lively book will strike a chord with its acute diagnosis of the self-help trap and its sharp suggestions for how we can address the alienating conditions of modern work and family life.

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