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Description - Strangers in a Strange Land by Douglas Massey

Focusing on three central factors-the physical environment, social relations at the micro level, and social organization at the macro level-Professor Massey argues that humans are genetically programmed to be physiologically, psychologically, and socially adapted to life in small groups and to organic natural environments. Despite this, most humans live in dense urban environments. "As biological organisms," Massey writes, "we are indeed strangers in a strange land." Strangers in a Strange Land is part of the Contemporary Societies series.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393927276
ISBN-10: 039392727X
Format: Paperback
(211mm x 140mm x 23mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Douglas Massey

Douglas S. Massey (Princeton University) is the author of many books including most recently Return of the "L" Word: A Liberal Vision of the New Century, Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Age of Economic Integration, and Source of the River: The Social Origins of Freshmen at America's Selective Colleges and Universities. His research focuses on international migration, race and housing, discrimination, education, urban poverty, and Latin America, especially Mexico. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Past-President of the American Sociological Association and the Population Association of America.