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An Invitation to Social Research

Tailored to meet the demands of blended learning, this versatile and accessible textbook is ideal for research students embarking on their research journey, complete with a variety of pedagogical and digital tools to aid learning.

Policy Press

Understanding UK-EU Relations

A Concise Introduction

This new edition of the previously published Understanding Brexit provides a comprehensive yet accessible account of the UK’s relationship with the EU, including the challenges faced by both state and society in the aftermath of Brexit.

Bristol Uni Press

An Introduction To Critical Criminology

The second edition of this popular textbook introduces students to key critical criminology concepts and new developments in the field.

Accessibly written, it offers an in-depth introduction to contemporary theories, including those that challenge mainstream theories about the causes of crime and the operation of the criminal justice system.

Bristol Uni Press

Diverse Voices in Health Law and Ethics

Important Perspectives

This book illuminates the often-overlooked perspectives of marginalized communities within health law. It reveals that the prevailing narrative in health law may not adequately safeguard the interests of minority groups and advocates for the integration of health inequality studies into healthcare law education.

Bristol Uni Press

Critical Theory for Social Work

A Simple Introduction

This accessibly-written textbook encourages critical thinking and critical approaches to social work, providing an entry point for anyone interested in thinking theoretically about practice.

Policy Press

The Short Guide to Mental Health

A concise introduction to important concepts and debates in the field of mental health, Deirdre Heenan and Jennifer Betts bring together different stakeholders’ perspectives to explore contemporary issues around the prevalence, cost and determinants of mental illness, and responding attitudes and services, for a comprehensive and accessible primer.

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Encountering the World with I-docs

Interactive Documentary as a Research Method

This book examines the values of interactive documentary as a social research method, exploring their exciting potential for illuminating and communicating pressing social issues. Providing a template for planning an i-doc, the novel book shows how the planning process alone can open new ways of understanding social research topics.

Policy Press

The Adult Safeguarding Practice Handbook 2e

The second edition of this best-selling book provides an essential guide to best practice in adult safeguarding. It has been updated to include recent legislation, guidance and research-based developments and relates them to useful practice examples.

Policy Press

Why Social Work is Important

Identity, Role and Practice

This book demonstrates that all societies require a social work presence. It symbolises the importance of a community-near professional input to human flourishing and the development of social capital. It challenges economic and political trends that corrode deeply-held human and social values.

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Doing Phenomenography

A Practical Guide

This practical handbook is aimed at students who are new to phenomenograpy - a popular research method for its versatility in understanding people’s perceptions. Enabling readers to decide on the appropriateness of the phenomenographic approach for their own research project, it equips them with the necessary tools to embark on their journey.

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The Sociology of Contemporary Work

What It Is, and Why We Need It

This book injects a fresh burst of energy into the sociology of work, offering an invigorating perspective that's both vibrant and deeply informed. Bringing the field up to date, leading sociology of work scholar Marek Korczynski offers an enlightening exploration of sociology of work, as well as the evolving world of work itself.

Bristol Uni Press

Fiction and Research

A Guide to Connecting Stories and Inquiry

Discover the captivating power of fiction in research through this engaging book. With practical insights, this is essential primer will help students embark on their own research-based fiction projects in no time.

Policy Press