Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world

Uncovering Social Life

4 December 2017

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In an era characterised by rapid change, the disappearance of traditional communities, the rise of political populism and the threat posed by radical religious movements, the classical sociological problem of how social order can be created and maintained assumes renewed urgency. In this new book, Uncovering Social Life: Critical Perspectives from Sociology, Chris Shilling and Philip Mellor explore how contemporary institutional changes (involving bodies and health, sex and gender, employment and finance, technology and AI, the Internet, governance, religion and terrorism) erode existing social relationships and identities, but also create space for opposition, or creative adaptation, to these broader shifts.

  • You can read reviews of the book on the publisher's website
  • Chris Shilling is Professor of Sociology at, and Director of Graduate Studies (Research) for, the University of Kent's School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR). He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Uppsala.



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