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This issue (Volume 21, Issue 1, February 2016, ISSN: 1360-7804)

Edited by Steve Roberts and Charlie Walker

General articles

Children’s Engagements with Visual Methods Through Qualitative Research in the Primary School as ‘art That Didn’t Work’

Lexie Scherer

The Body as an Object—a Sociocultural Perspective. the Study of Young Adults’ Narratives

Ewa Młożniak and Katarzyna Schier

Placing the Distant Other on the Shelf: An Analysis and Comparison of (Fair Trade) Coffee Packages in Relation to Commodity Fetishism

Robbe Geysmans and Lesley Hustinx

Beyond ‘Token’ Firefighters: Exploring Women’s Experiences of Gender and Identity at Work

Tamika Perrott

‘My Mother Thought Upper Secondary School Was OK, but then My Sibling Said No’ - Young People’s Perceptions of the Involvement of Parents and Siblings in Their Future Choices

Sanna Aaltonen

Belonging to a Different Landscape: Repurposing Nationalist Affects

Ben Pitcher

Gender, Occupation and First Birth: Do ‘Career Men’ Delay First Birth Too?

Kevin Ralston, Vernon Gayle and Paul Lambert

Damaging Real Lives Through Obstinacy: Re-Emphasising Why Significance Testing is Wrong

Stephen Gorard

Housework Division and Perceived Fairness: The Importance of Comparison Referents

Renzo Carriero and Lorenzo Todesco

Special Section: Emotions
Guest edited by Natàlia Cantó-Milà

Linking Emotions: Emotions as the Invisible Threads That Bind People Together

Natàlia Cantó-Milà

Performativity and the Power of Shame: Lesson Observations, Emotional Labour and Professional Habitus

Ursula Edgington

Enduring or Crossing Distance for Love? Negotiating Love and Distance in the Lives of Mixed Transnational Couples

Rebecca Chiyoko King-O'Riain

Inequality and Prejudice. German Social Scientist as Producers of Feeling Rules

Helena Flam and Jochen Kleres

Is Romantic Love a Linking Emotion?

Swen Seebach and Francesc Núñez-Mosteo

Negative Hopes: Social Dynamics of Isolating and Passive Forms of Hope

Sylvia Terpe

Book reviews

Militant Lactivism?: Attachment Parenting and Intensive Motherhood in the UK and France (Fertility, Reproduction & Sexuality) by Faircloth, Charlotte

Reviewed by Eimer Sparham

Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain (Extremism and Democracy) by Ford, Robert and Goodwin, Matthew J.

Reviewed by Ed Pertwee

PTSD: Diagnosis and Identity in Post-Empire America by Lembcke, Jerry

Reviewed by Richard Gehrmann

Sex, Gender and Society by Oakley, Ann

Reviewed by Hannah Walters

The Impact of Racism on African American Families by Rosenblatt, Paul C.

Reviewed by Mengxi Pang

Books Received