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French Cinema: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Dudley Andrew

9780198718611
Paperback
April 2021

Very Short Introductions

It is often claimed that the French invented cinema, and although their prominence may have been supplanted by Hollywood today, the French film industry remains both prolific and highly lauded. Exploring the entire French cinematic oeuvre, Andrew teases out the distinguishing themes, to bring the defining features of French cinema to light.

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Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

£8.99

Julian Stallabrass

9780198826620
Paperback
August 2020

Very Short Introductions

Contemporary art has never been so popular - but the art world is changing. Julian Stallabrass explores new movements in contemporary art, from the rise of super-rich private collectors, and increasing globalisation which has expanded a formerly Western-centric focus, to the advent of the artist as a 'brand'.

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Film Noir: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

James Naremore

9780198791744
Paperback
February 2019

Very Short Introductions

James Naremore introduces film noir, highlighting key themes, films, and styles, and exploring why the genre is so difficult to categorize. First associated with Hollywood thrillers of the 1940s and 50s, film noir has become fully international in its nature and appeal, attracting the interest of great directors right up to our present time.

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Identity: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Florian Coulmas

9780198828549
Paperback
February 2019

Very Short Introductions

'Identity' as a concept has many faces, and its very versatility in different contexts can make it hard to define. Florian Coulmas discusses the many meanings of this slippery concept, considering why individual and collective identities are important to us, and discussing the problems asserting individual identities can create.

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Sociology: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

£8.99

Steve Bruce

9780198822967
Paperback
September 2018

Very Short Introductions

From politics to education, work, crime, and religion this Very Short Introduction discusses some of the core considerations of contemporary sociologists. Exploring the tension between the individual's place in society and society's role in shaping the individual, it demonstrates the value of sociology for understanding the modern world.

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The History of Cinema: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Geoffrey Nowell-Smith

9780198701774
Paperback
November 2017

Very Short Introductions

In this Very Short Introduction Geoffrey Nowell-Smith defines the field of cinema, and explores its fascinating history within the cultural and aesthetic sphere. Considering the influences of the other art forms from which it arose, he looks at how technological advances have opened up new horizons for the cinema industry.

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The Future: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Jennifer M. Gidley

9780198735281
Paperback
March 2017

Very Short Introductions

Can we ever truly influence, predict, and direct our own futures? Are there multiple futures or only one awaiting us? Jennifer Gidley explains our innate fascination with the unknown future, and considers the role of the human consciousness in embracing multiple future possibilities, and creating a world of our choices.

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Home: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Michael Allen Fox

9780198747239
Paperback
December 2016

Very Short Introductions

Ideas of home play a prominent role in the way people of all cultures frame an understanding of their lives. This Very Short Introduction considers the enduring concept of home in our modern world, as international and local migration, homelessness, and uprootedness threaten to destabilize our traditional notions of place and belonging.

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Modern Italy: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Anna Cento Bull

9780198726517
Paperback
October 2016

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction considers the history of Italy from the Risorgimento (the movement leading to Italian Unification in 1861) to the present. It also discusses Italy's political system and style of government; economic modernisation; emigration, internal migration and immigration; and the modern Italian culture and lifestyle.

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Sport: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Mike Cronin

9780199688340
Paperback
November 2014

Very Short Introductions

Sport is one of the largest industries in the world and the global reach of major sporting events is enormous. In this Very Short Introduction, Mike Cronin explores the historical development of sport. Exploring a variety of activities from rugby and cricket to tennis, athletics, and skiing, he considers the central role it plays in modern society.

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Languages: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Stephen Anderson

9780199590599
Paperback
June 2012

Very Short Introductions

How many languages are there? What differentiates one language from another? Are new languages still being discovered? Why are so many languages disappearing? These are some of the questions considered in this Very Short Introduction. By examining the science of languages, we find that the answers are not as simple as we might expect.

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Utopianism: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Lyman Tower Sargent

9780199573400
Paperback
September 2010

Very Short Introductions

There are many debates about utopia - What constitutes a utopia? Are utopias benign or dangerous? The idea of utopia has become commonplace in social and political thought, both negatively and positively. This Very Short Introduction explores utopianism, its history, and its role in modern debates.

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Information: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Luciano Floridi

9780199551378
Paperback
February 2010

Very Short Introductions

Luciano Floridi unpacks this fundamental concept - what information is, how it is measured, its value and meaning - cutting across the sciences and humanities, from DNA to the Internet, and the ethical issues related to privacy, copyright, and accessibility.

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Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

John Monaghan, Peter Just

9780192853462
Paperback
February 2000

Very Short Introductions

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