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Racism

Ali Rattansi.

March 2007; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: race and ethnicity. 208 pages.

Racism: A Very Short Introduction incorporates the latest research to demystify the subject and to explore its history, science, and culture. But what actually is race? How has racism come...

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Social and Cultural Anthropology

John Monaghan and Peter Just.

February 2000; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: social and cultural anthropology; sociology. 176 pages.

What is unique about human beings? How are groups of people formed and what holds them together? What is the nature of belief, economic exchange, the self? Social and Cultural Anthropology:...

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Sociology

Steve Bruce.

February 2000; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: sociology. 128 pages.

Sociology: A Very Short Introduction explores the tension between the individual's role in society and society's role in shaping the individual, and demonstrates the value of sociology as a...

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American Immigration

David A. Gerber.

June 2011; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: US history (immigration and ethnicity); migration studies. 160 pages.

American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction examines the many legal efforts to curb immigration and to define who is and is not an American. It looks at immigration from the perspective...

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Malthus

Donald Winch.

June 2013; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: intellectual history; history of economic thought; political economy; population and demography. 144 pages.

Thomas Robert Malthus was an English cleric whose ideas, as expounded in his most famous work the Essay on the Principle of Population, caused a storm of controversy. Malthus: A Very Short...

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Diaspora

Kevin Kenny.

July 2013; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: human geography; migration studies. 160 pages.

Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction examines the origins of diaspora as a concept, its changing meanings over time, its current popularity, and its strengths and limitations as an...

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Multiculturalism

Ali Rattansi.

September 2011; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: social movements and social change. 200 pages.

Multiculturalism: A Very Short Introduction believes that multiculturalism is in terminal crisis. It has been blamed for undermining national identity, diluting social cohesion, creating...

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Conceiving the Future

Laura L. Lovett.

April 2007; published online July 2014.

Book. Subjects: gender and sexuality. 248 pages.

Through nostalgic idealizations of motherhood, family, and the home, influential leaders in early twentieth-century America constructed and legitimated a range of reforms that promoted...

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Jane Grey Swisshelm

Sylvia D. Hoffert.

September 2004; published online July 2014.

Book. Subjects: gender and sexuality. 272 pages.

Nineteenth-century newspaper editor Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815–1884) was an unconventionally ambitious woman. While she struggled in private to be a dutiful daughter, wife, and mother, she...

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Unprotected Labor

Vanessa H. May.

June 2011; published online July 2014.

Book. Subjects: gender and sexuality. 264 pages.

Through an analysis of women's reform, domestic worker activism, and cultural values attached to public and private space, this book explains how and why domestic workers, the largest...

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