Why do we fill our leisure time with the activities we do? And what do our hobbies say about our culture? Gelber traces the history of hobbies from the mid-nineteenth century through the 1950s, demonstrating that, although they are touted as a break from work, hobbies actually reflect the values of the workplace.
Are people today any more or less interested in looks than those who lived 100, 200, or 2,000 years ago? “For Appearances’ Sake” answers that question and more as the first reference work to examine all aspects of beauty, body ornamentation, and grooming. More than 300 entries tell the story, from ancient times to the present, of the products, practices, and people that make beauty a multi-billion dollar industry. Quite different from reference works that focus on the how-to aspects of beauty, this volume is innovative for its historical and global approach to how people care for their appearance. Additionally, this encyclopedia takes a look at many of the attitudes and beliefs about body and appearance that pose challenging questions to society.
A classic book about the phenomenon of suicide and its social causes written by one of the world’s most influential sociologists.
Emile Durkheim’s Suicide addresses the phenomenon of suicide and its social causes. Written by one of the world’s most influential sociologists, this classic argues that suicide primarily results from a lack of integration of the individual into society. Suicide provides readers with an understanding of the impetus for suicide and its psychological impact on the victim, family, and society.