Social Situations and Conditions
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know
Talking to Strangers
What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know
Hardcover      ISBN: 0316478520
The podcast host of
The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things
The Culture of Fear
Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things
Paperback      ISBN: 0465014909
A noted sociologist examines why Americans are subject to misplaced fears, discussing the people and organizations who manipulate common perceptions and raise anxieties for their own benefit.
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
Age of Ambition
Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
Paperback      ISBN: 0374535272
"A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation From abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy--or an addled Goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation. What we don't see is how both powerful and ordinary people are remaking their lives as their country dramatically changes. As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In Age of Ambition, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party's struggle to retain control. He asks probing questions: Why does a government with more success lifting people from poverty than any civilization in history choose to put strict restraints on freedom of expression? Why do millions of young Chinese professionals--fluent in English and devoted to Western pop culture--consider themselves "angry youth," dedicated to resisting the West's influence? How are Chinese from all strata finding meaning after two decades of the relentless pursuit of wealth? Writing with great narrative verve and a keen sense of irony, Osnos follows the moving stories of everyday people and reveals life in the new China to be a battleground between aspiration and authoritarianism, in which only one can prevail"--
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
Deer Hunting with Jesus
Dispatches from America's Class War
Paperback      ISBN: 0307339378
A Web columnist describes his return to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, and his discovery of the permanent underclass that exists in many American small towns, offering a revealing glimpse of the real lives of the invisible working class that exists in a world of taverns, churches, and double-wide trailers. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
A Nation of Victims: The Decay of the American Character
A Nation of Victims
The Decay of the American Character
Paperback      ISBN: 0312098820
A look at "victimism" in the United States criticizes the ways in which individuals define themselves by their status as victims--of parents, men, the workplace, stress, drugs, food, and physical characteristics
The Truth Has Changed
The Truth Has Changed
Paperback      ISBN: 1609809238
Discusses the paradigm shift in how Americans process truth, how it relates to the paradigm shift in global warming, and how both deepy affect democracy.
The Beast in the Boudoir: Petkeeping in Nineteenth-Century Paris
The Beast in the Boudoir
Petkeeping in Nineteenth-Century Paris
Hardcover      ISBN: 0520071018
Kathleen Kete's wise and witty examination of petkeeping in nineteenth-century Paris provides a unique view into the lives of ordinary French people. She demonstrates how that cliche of modern life, the family dog, reveals the tensions that modernity created for the Parisian bourgeoisie. Kete's study draws on a range of literary and archival sources, from dog-care books to veterinarian's records to Dumas's musings on his cat. The fad for aquariums, attitudes toward vivisection, the dread of rabies, the development of dog breeding - all are shown to reflect the ways middle-class people thought about their lives. Petkeeping, says Kete, helped people imagine a better, more manageable version of the world. It relieved the pressures of contemporary life and improvised solutions to the intractable mesh that was post-Enlightenment France. The faithful, affectionate family dog became a counterpoint to people's experience of isolation and lack of community in urban life, while the autonomous cat incarnated the feeling of anomie. By century's end, however, animals no longer represented the human condition with such potency, and the cat had been rehabilitated into a creature of fidelity and warmth. Full of fascinating details, this innovative book will contribute to the way we understand culture and the creation of class.
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
Deer Hunting with Jesus
Dispatches from America's Class War
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 030733936x
A Web columnist describes his return to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, and his discovery of the permanent underclass that exists in many American small towns, offering a revealing glimpse of the real lives of the invisible working class that exists in a world of taverns, churches, and double-wide trailers. 40,000 first printing.
Dragon Rising: An Inside Look at China Today
Dragon Rising
An Inside Look at China Today
Paperback      ISBN: 1426201168
A Beijing-based foreign correspondent offers an introspective analysis of modern-day China that encompasses a study of where it stands today, where it is going, and its influence as it evolves into a global economic force, critically assessing its changing economic, diplomatic, political, and military strategies and their global implications. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
Hearts of Men: American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment
Hearts of Men
American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment
Paperback      ISBN: 0385176155
An analysis of recent cultural evolution argues that the abandonment by men of the traditional male commitment to the "breadwinner ethic" has had the greatest impact on changing sex roles