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Our monographs, multi-authored and edited works include original scholarly research, thorough and structured reviews of important subjects and engaging works that push forward the boundaries of the disciplines in which we publish.

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The sociology of housework (reissue)

Ann Oakley analysed the perceptions of 40 urban housewives around housework, their feelings of monotony and fragmentation, the length of their working week, the importance of standards and routines, and their attitudes to different household tasks. This classic book paved the way for the sociological study of many more aspects of women’s lives.

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The social context of outsourced domestic cleaning

Outsourcing of domestic work in the UK has been steadily rising since the 1970s, but little research has considered White British women. This book argues that outsourced domestic cleaning can either be done as mental and manual skilled work or as manual and ‘natural’ emotional/affective labour, depending on the work conditions.

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Parental leave and beyond

Recent international developments, current issues and future directions

This volume provides an international perspective on parental leave policies in different countries, goes beyond this to examine a range of issues in depth, and aims to stimulate thinking about possible futures and how policy might underpin them.

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Mental health social work re-imagined

This much-needed book calls for a return to mental health social work that has personal relationships and an emotional connection between workers and those experiencing distress at its core.

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Adolescent pathways and responsibilities

Evidence from the Young Lives study of Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Vietnam

This book compares how adolescents living in poverty in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam experience puberty, school, marriage, parenthood and work. It examines how poverty, geographical location and social exclusion affect key transitions, and how gender shapes children’s future opportunities.

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From Chicago to Shenzen

Reconsidering the urban through China

This book gathers together reflections from a diverse range of urban China specialists to consider the relevance today of Robert Park and the Chicago school and to actively engage with the development of the contemporary city.

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Urban Food Sharing

Networks, rules, tools and technologies

Illustrated by global case studies and empirical data, this book explores the history and current practises of food sharing, whilst exploring the impact and potential of such sharing for cities.

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Science, belief and society

International perspectives on religion, Non-religion and the public understanding of science

This wide-ranging book critically reviews the ways in which religious and non-religious belief systems interact with scientific methods, traditions and theories. The book shows how debates about science and belief are firmly embedded in political conflict, class, community and culture.

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The modern slavery agenda

Policy, politics and practice

Modern slavery is growing despite the introduction of laws to try to stem it. This is the first book critically to assess the legislation, using evidence from across the field, and to offer strategies for improvement in policy and practice.

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Healthcare reform in China

Experiments, Challenges and Futures

Edited by Ross Millar

This original contribution to current debate provides a theoretical, empirical and practical account of health policy in China, explaining the interaction between the institutions, interests and ideas informing China’s health policy process.

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Heritage as community research

Legacies of co-production

With a diverse range of case studies, and chapters co-written between academics and community partners, this book shows that co-produced research can be an empowering force by which communities stake a claim in the places they live.

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EU migrant workers, Brexit and precarity

Polish women's perspectives from inside the UK

How has the Brexit vote affected EU migrants to the UK? This book presents a female Polish perspective, using findings from research carried out with economic migrants from Poland interviewed before and after the Brexit vote.

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