The Globalization of Wine

David Inglis & Anna-Mari Almila / Bloomsbury Academic 2019

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The Globalization of Wine is a one-stop guide to understanding wine across the world today. Examining a broad range of developments in the wine world, it considers the social, cultural, economic, political and geographical dimensions of wine globalization. It investigates how large-scale changes in production, distribution and consumption are transforming the wine that we drink.

Comprehensive background discussion is complemented by vivid case study chapters from a variety of international contributors. Many different countries and regions are covered, including China, the USA and Hong Kong, as are key themes, debates and controversies in contemporary wine worlds.

Innovative, up-to-date and interdisciplinary, The Globalization of Wine illustrates the diversity and complexity of wine globalization processes across the planet, both in the past and at the present time. It is essential reading for academics and students in food and drink studies, sociology, anthropology, globalization studies, geography and cultural studies. It also provides a jargon-free resource for wine professionals and connoisseurs.


Deindustrialisation and Popular Music. Punk and 'Post-Punk' in Manchester, Düsseldorf, Torino and Tampere

Giacomo Bottà / Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2020

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The book is a comparative study of deindustrialisation and popular music in Manchester, Düsseldorf, Torino, and Tampere. In these cities, during the late 1970s and early 1980s, punk and post-punk scenes actively shaped new collective forms of making and consuming music. The music they produced has been canonized and understood as a “score” for grey, gloomy, decaying urban industrial environments or for their evocation. But I was interested in the real relationship between deindustrialisation and this kind of music production.
The book examines the role of music in deindustrialisation, showing that it’s a vanishing mediator in the step from the industrial to the post-industrial city. Moreover, it reflects on the significance of ‘deindustrialisation music’ as cultural catalyst and heritage in contemporary urbanisation.


Eight Essays on Russian Christianities

Igor Mikeshin / Saint Petersburg Center for the History of Ideas Politekhnika Service 2020

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The collected volume brings together eight accounts on different Russian-speaking Christian communities. The essays represent different approaches and disciplines and they reveal the unorthodox and counter-intuitive forms of Christian worship and living within a wider Russian context.


Buying into Change: Mass Consumption, Dictatorship, and Democratization in Franco's Spain, 1939-1982

Alejandro J. Gomez del Moral / University of Nebraska Press 2021

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Buying into Change examines how the development of a mass consumer society under the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco (1939–1975) inserted Spain into transnational consumer networks and set the stage for Spain’s transition to democracy during the late 1970s. This transition matters both to a Spanish public still redefining their society after Franco and to scholars who debate the origins of Spain’s current democracy. Yet many aspects of it remain unexamined.

This book incorporates mass consumption into our understanding of Spain’s democratic transition by tracing the spread and social impact of new foreign-influenced department stores, of imported innovations such as modern advertising, and of magazines that promoted foreign products. Initially, these enterprises backed Franco’s conservative policies, and the regime encouraged consumption in order to improve its image both domestically and abroad.

Over time, though, Spain’s new globally oriented commerce sold retailers and shoppers not just foreign ways of shopping but also subversive ideas. Imported 1960s fashions brought along countercultural notions on issues like gender equality. And as Spaniards consumed more like their neighbors, they increasingly considered themselves cosmopolitan and European, and identified with liberal political conditions abroad, which undermined Francoism’s doctrine of national exceptionalism, and paved the way for democratization and European integration in Franco's wake."

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Conceptualising Demand - A Distinctive Approach to Consumtion and Practice

Jenny Rinkinen, Elizabeth Shove and Greg Marsden / Routledge 2020

This book addresses fundamental questions about the very idea of demand: how is it constituted, how does it change and how might it be steered?

Conceptualising Demand focuses on five core propositions: that demand is derived from social practices; that it is made and not simply met; that it is materially embedded and temporally unfolding; and that it is modulated through many forms of policy and governance. In working through these claims, the book weaves concepts from the sociology of consumption, science and technology studies, policy analyses and social theories of practice together with empirical cases and new research into such topics as the rise of refrigerated foods, the emergence of online shopping and the transformation of energy demanding services. 

This innovative book takes a fresh look at the very idea of demand, a concept that is often taken for granted, but that is vital for scholars and students of energy, mobility, climate change and consumption.


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Johdatus sosiaalipsykologiaan

Klaus Helkama & working group / Edita 2020

The goal of this introductory textbook is not only to cover the field of social psychology but also to develop and establish Finnish-language terminology, tell its readers how de te fabula narratur, i.e. relate the topics to their everyday experience, as well as socialize them into the domestic social psychological research tradition. Accordingly, social development, values, personality, and intergroup relations are given more space than in a standard Anglo-Saxon textbook. Both experimental, quantitative, and qualitative research are dealt with. Neither are the historical roots of our discipline forgotten, as there is a chapter on mass phenomena, which are usually absent from present-day introductory textbooks.

Initially published in 1998, this textbook has been repeatedly updated over the years. It has been translated into Swedish in 2000 and (a new edition) 2017, published by Liber. The original group of three Helsinki-based authors has grown into a two-generation collective of nine social psychologists from Helsinki and Tampere

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