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  • Social Relations and Social Exclusionby Peter Somerville

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 54.95

    Examining the rational individual, this book develops a new approach to the theory of social relations. It explores how far we make sense of society on the assumption that people act as independent and free individuals, exercising rational choice. Re-examining the family, community, workplace and state, the author offers a thorough and original critique... more...

  • Understanding communityby Peter Somerville

    Policy Press 2011; US$ 34.95

    This topical text provides students with a clear understanding of policy and theory in relation to community. By examining areas of government policy this book explores the difficulties that communities face, discusses new concepts and investigates what 'community' might mean in today's diverse British society. more...

  • Understanding communityby Peter Somerville

    Policy Press 2016; US$ 39.95

    This substantially revised edition of a highly topical text applies a critical approach to themes introduced in the first edition including economic development, heath and housing, and draws upon theory from Marx and Bourdieu to offer a clearer understanding of community in capitalist society. more...

  • Housing and Social Policyby Peter Somerville; Nigel Sprigings

    Taylor and Francis 2005; US$ 67.95

    This topical book transforms the analysis of housing problems into a lively, interesting and contentious subject of social scientific study, addressing themes of residential experience, inclusion/empowerment, sustainability and professionalism/managerialism, which lie at the heart of the housing and social policy debate. Each chapter considers a specific... more...

  • Irish Eccentricsby Peter Somerville-Large

    The Lilliput Press 2011; US$ 10.19

    Ireland's history has long been illuminated, and enlivened, by bizarre, colourful, extravagant, unfettered individuals: ripe country-house eccentrics, saints, scholars, bucks and hell-rakes, duellists, abductors, rhymers and miracle-makers. These factual and fascinating biographical sketches make for 'delightful reading' (Frank Muir). First published... more...

  • Interpreting Ruralityby Gary Bosworth; Peter Somerville

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 53.95

    The British countryside is a national institution; most people aspire to live there, many people use it for leisure and recreation and we can all watch rural life played out on our television screen, read about it in novels or consume its imagery in art and cinematography. The aim of this book is to explore the way that these aspirations and perceptions... more...

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