Paper $32.95 ISBN: 9781447332039 Published September 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447332022 Published September 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Building Better Societies

Edited by Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie, and Simon Winlow

Building Better Societies

Edited by Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie, and Simon Winlow

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

192 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2017
Paper $32.95 ISBN: 9781447332039 Published September 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447332022 Published September 2017 For sale in North and South America only
From environmental decline to growing economic inequality, things are getting worse for the majority of the human race and will continue to worsen until determined action is taken. Starting from this vantage point, Building Better Societies looks to social scientists to identify what is needed to solve the problems that are leading to a collapse of civil society. This is the first book to collect the ideas of those whose research on social conditions is at the forefront of our biggest societal problems.

Challenging fellow social scientists to cast aside their commitment to the established order and its ideological support systems, Building Better Societies argues that social researchers must, as objectively as possible, use their skills to look ahead, identify the likely outcomes of various forms of intervention, and move to the forefront of informed political debate. Bringing together expert contributors researching the many aspects of our social condition, this book channels the energy of social scientists into a more normative and engaged voice; it asks them what mechanisms, interventions, and evidence we might draw on as we make a better world.
Contents
Notes on contributors
One Who would not be for society?
Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie and Simon Winlow
Part 1: Problems
Two The social question and the urgency of care
Iain Wilkinson
Three Better Politics: Narratives of indignation and the possibility of a prosocial politics
Keith Jacobs
Four Valuing and strengthening community
Lisa Mckenzie
Part 2: Ideas
Five Confronting the roots of violent behavior
Anthony Ellis
Six In defence of the public city
Martin Coward
Seven Artfully thinking the prosocial
Deborah Warr, Gretel Taylor and Richard Williams
Eight Re-visioning exclusion in local communities
Kate Pahl and Paul Ward
Nine Putting ‘the social’ back into social policy
Steve Corbett and Alan Walker
Part 3: Futures
Ten Progress through protest
Samuel Burgum
Eleven Cities, crises and the future
Sophie Body-Gendrot
Twelve Policy steps towards a better social future
Michael Orton
Thirteen The (in)visibility of riches, urban life and exclusion
Rowland Atkinson
Fourteen The uses of catastrophism
Simon Winlow
Conclusion
Fifteen Thinking prosocially
Rowland Atkinson, Simon Winlow and Lisa Mckenzie
Index
 
Review Quotes
Zoe Williams, Guardian columnist
"Enriches and enlivens, bringing detail to generalities and radical, exciting alternatives to exhausted narratives."
Mark Doidge, University of Brighton
"This fantastic collection provides a trenchant critique of contemporary society and outlines solutions to challenge the power games of those sowing the seeds of social injustice. A must read for anyone with a heart."
Kate E. Pickett, University of York
"We’ve been told we don’t need experts, but we need them more than ever. This rich collection of thought-provoking pieces about the importance of our social world can be a catalyst for debate and dialogue among all those committed to building a better world."
John Holmwood, University of Nottingham
“This is a profoundly important book. How might public sociology be conducted in bleak times and in the face of fragmented publics? The authors  begin the necessary task of building a sociology of new possibilities. Recent events make this necessary reading.”
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