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Topics Courses

Welcome to our Topics publishing program.
Take a look inside at teaching and learning tools that:

  • Reflect our high scholarly standards
  • Speak effectively to today's college students
  • Represent the most current pedagogical trends


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The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior

Fourth Edition

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Rose Weitz and Samantha Kwan

November 2013

A cutting-edge anthology on power and women's bodies

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Women and Politics in a Global World

Third Edition

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Sarah L. Henderson and Alana S. Jeydel

July 2013

The only text that provides a global, comparative perspective on women in politics

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The Gendered Society

Fifth Edition

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Michael Kimmel

December 2012

The most balanced and up-to-date gender text on the market

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Gender Inequality: Feminist Theories and Politics

Fifth Edition

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Judith Lorber

December 2011

An overview of feminism by a "founding mother" of the field

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Gendered Bodies: Feminist Perspectives

Second Edition

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Judith Lorber and Lisa Jean Moore

July 2010

This unique hybrid text/reader--from two of the field's best scholars--provides a comprehensive and cutting-edge introduction to the study of gender and the body

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A Woman Doing Life: Notes from a Prison for Women

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Erin George, Robert Johnson, and Joycelyn Pollock

January 2010

The only book that tells stories of women in prison from the inside out

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Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women

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James Ptacek

November 2009

This volume presents a much-needed analysis of restorative justice practices in cases of violence against women.

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The Sociology of Work: Structures and Inequalities

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Steven P. Vallas, William Finlay, and Amy S. Wharton

January 2009

This unique text answers the need for a clear, engaging--and affordable--introduction to the basic concepts used by sociologists of work.

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Sociology of the Body: A Reader

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Claudia Malacrida and Jacqueline Low

June 2008

Working from a sociological perspective, Sociology of the Body: A Reader provides students with a broad overview of the theories of the body and substantive body issues.

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Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men?: A Debate

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Warren Farrell (with Steven Svoboda) and James P. Sterba

October 2007

The only book of its kind, this volume offers a sharp and provocative debate on the impact of contemporary feminism on men

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The Cult of Thinness

Second Edition

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Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber

October 2006

This powerful text goes beyond traditional psychological explanations of eating disorders to level a powerful indictment against the social, political, and economic pressures women face in a weight-obsessed society.

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Rethinking Gender, Crime, and Justice: Feminist Readings

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Claire M. Renzetti, Lynne Goodstein, and Susan L. Miller

March 2006

This collection is designed to deepen students' understanding about the essential role that gender plays in the commission of--and societal responses to--criminal behavior.

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Workplace/Women's Place

Third Edition

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Paula Dubeck and Dana Dunn

February 2006

Taking a lively interdisciplinary approach, this highly accessible anthology probes the continuing challenges that women face as they enter and participate in the world of work.

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In Her Own Words: Women Offenders' Views on Crime and Victimization: An Anthology

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Leanne Fiftal Alarid and Paul Cromwell

July 2005

"What makes this anthology so unique and interesting is its exclusive use of research using feminist methodology, including in-depth and life-history interviews."--Heather Melton, University of Utah

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Working Women in America: Split Dreams

Second Edition

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Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber and Gregg Lee Carter

October 2004

The second edition of Working Women in America: Split Dreams highlights current research on critical issues affecting American women in today's global workplace.

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Flat Broke with Children: Women in the Age of Welfare Reform

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Sharon Hays

October 2004

In the spirit of Nickel and Dimed in America, the first book to explore the impact of recent welfare reform on women

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Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice: Original Feminist Readings

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Claire Renzetti and Lynne Goodstein

October 2000

This volume of essays offers an opportunity to review alternative perspectives on women and justice--and compare them to more traditional explanations.

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