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ISBN 978-9985-58-838-3
363 pages

Body and Soul on the Internet: How to Understand Social Media? (in Estonian)
Ihu ja hingega internetis: Kuidas mõista sotsiaalmeediat?
Katrin Tiidenberg

17.90 €


Body and Soul on the Internet (“Ihu ja hingega internetis”) is a book for  everyone interested in being human in the networked, digitally saturated world. This book offers a clear and approachable take on key concepts of digital life, discussing platform affordances, networked visual culture, mediated self-expression and identity work, communities, relationships and embodiment at the intersection of people’s everyday practices and changing cultural norms. Questions of why and how people use social media can’t be universally and timelessly answered in the context of rapidly changing networked technologies, however in “Body and Soul" the author offers a useful overview of existing research, recommends fruitful analytical frameworks for understanding the complex topic and illustrates everything with analyses of her own empirical data. “Body and Soul on the Internet” is a human-centeric social sciences approach to understanding the experiences and outcomes of living in a networked world.

Dr. Katrin Tiidenberg is associate professor of social media and visual culture at the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School of Tallinn University, Estonia and post-doctoral researcher at Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research interests include sexuality, gender and normative ideologies as mediated through social media practices and visual culture. Tiidenberg contributes to the development of visual research methods and research ethics, and is an internationally acknowledged researcher of the selfie-culture. She is the founding member of Estonian Young Academy of Sciences, board member of the Estonian Association of Sociologists, and a member of the Ethics Working Committee of the Association of Internet Researchers.


ISBN 978-9985-58-819-2
453 pages

Cultural Patterns and Life Stories
Compiled and edited by Kirsti Jõesalu ja Anu Kannike

20,90 €


The articles collected in this book were initially presented at a conference dedicated to Aili Aarelaid-Tart's memory on August 27, 2014, in Tallinn. Aili Aarelaid-Tart (1947-2014) was a well-known Estonian cultural researcher and public figure. All of the authors of that collection have collaborated with Aili Aarelaid-Tart in her research at different times and on different themes: they shared her interest in biographical research (Kõresaar, Zdravomyslova, Temkina, Assmuth and Siim), in exiles and life stories (Bela, Bennich-Björkman, Kõll and Skultans), in research on cultural trauma (Rahi-Tamm, Roos and Skultans), and in questions of cultural patterns and values (Halas, Norkus, Gronow).

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ISBN 9789-985-58-78-36
536 pages

Maastik ja mälu. Pärandiloome arengujooni Eestis (in Estonian)
Landscape and Memory: Of the Development of Heritage Production in Estonia
Composed and edited by Linda Kaljundi and Helen Sooväli-Sepping
Authors: Linda Kaljundi, Valter Lang, Marek Tamm, Ulrike Plath, Ants Hein, Kristina Jõekalda, Riin Magnus, Heiki Pärdi, Hannes Palang, Mariann Raisma, Helen Sooväli-Sepping, Anu Printsmann, Tiina Peil, Aet Annist, Marju Kõivupuu, Tarmo Jüristo, Daniel Vaarik

14 €


Landscape, which in its broader sense includes everything that surrounds us, has helped and continues to help in developing our understanding of identity and a common past. Landscape enables communities to reunite but can also separate communities and induce conflicts between different groups, ideologies and eras. Nevertheless, landscape itself never becomes the incarnation of a historical identity on its own, but happens because of our own continuous intervention, which makes it possible to demonstrate, recreate or hide spatial strata of different eras.

This is the first collection that gives such a broad insight into the relationship between landscapes and memory in Estonia from the Middle Ages until the present. It also helps to map the ways in which earlier heritage production has influenced the modern vision of the landscapes characteristic of Estonia. In addition, the book provides the reader with an excellent introduction to the possibilities of interpreting the relationship between landscape and historical memory in different fields of study. The book is a combination of writings by recognised scientists including a historian and archaeologist, an art historian and semiotician, an anthropologist, an ethnographer and a cultural geographer who share their perspectives on the relationships between landscape, memory and heritage construction.

The articles offer an insight into many key issues concerning the Estonian landscape heritage: they analyse various historical understandings of the space and environment that we either define as ‘our own’ or as ‘unfamiliar’, the spatial utopias aimed at the present as well as the past, different memory sites as well as the role of heritage protection and museums as constructors of heritage during different eras. The book also covers the ways of depicting landscapes to how and what we see and value in the environment and the influence this has. Attention is given to the depiction of landscapes in picture and in word: in historical chronicles and in journalism, in scientific texts and in literature, in photo albums and in tourism brochures, in filmography, etc.


ISBN 9789-985-58-767-6
398 pages 

Subkultuurid. Elustiilide uurimused
Subcultures: Survey on lifestyles (in Estonian)
Edited by Airi-Alina Allaste
Authors: Airi-Alina Allaste, Peeter Vihma, Pirjo Turk, Lii Araste, Maarja Kobin, Madis Altermann, Lee Maripuu, Rene Mäe, Maarin Ektermann, Hannaliisa Uusma and Kadri Ann Salla

13 €


Subcultures can be considered as a forefront and defence line of society as well as an expansion of Western mass culture in Estonia. Subcultures can also be seen as a frightening and abnormal riot but at the same time as avant garde or the core of culture.  In the newly published book a practical and empirical sociological approach has been used to tackle the subject of subcultures. Different phenomena have been analyzed in the collection- from creative self-expression of artists and social criticism to social conventions based on controlling the violence of teen criminals. The main aim of the collection has been to give an Estonian meaning to the term subcultures and due to this, different phenomena, which can be called subcultures, have been included in the collection. The book begins with a practical approach but mainly consists of empirical articles on the subjects of the adjustment of subcultural styles in Estonia, the limits of subculture and culture and how structures influence subcultures.


ISBN 978-9985-58-743-0 Paperback
468 pages

Eesti poliitika ja valitsemine 1991–2011 
Estonian Politics and Governance 1991–2011 (in Estonian)
Edited by Raivo Vetik

12 €


A collection of articles entitled "Estonian Politics and Governance 1991–2011" is dedicated to the development of Estonian politics and state governance during the past twenty years, within the framework of the establishment of institutions characteristic of democracy, mutual adaptation and the search for a suitable balance.
The democratization of Estonia is analysed in the wider context of the development of post- communist countries. The impact on Estonian politics as a result of Estonia’s accession to the European Union is also dealt with. This is an interdisciplinary analysis and in addition to political science and public administration, it also includes perspectives on history and future studies.
The book explores both the establishment of formal institutions of democracy and the central problems of politics that are related to the quality of democracy, the efficiency of civil society, the interrelationship between society and the state as well as the impact of globalization.
The authors hope that this overview will contribute to a deeper understanding of the achievements and shortcomings of Estonian politics, which is important both in public debate as well as in policy-making.


ISBN 978-9985-58-734-8
304 pages

Politics, Illusions, Fallacies 
George Schöpflin 

11.00 €


"Politics, Illusions, Fallacies" is an insightful vision of the dilemmas of the Western modern state and democratic politics facing universalism, globalization and the non-West way of thinking and life. It is a well structured contribution that deserves the needs of a wide international debate: the paper actually provides good grounds for a comprehensive analysis of the most sensitive questions elaborated by the author that will attract the critical attention of the academic world and the readers in general.


ISBN 978-9985-58-717-1
408 pages

Otsides kogukonda sotsialismijärgses keskuskülas. Arenguantropoloogiline uurimus 
Seeking Community in Post-Socialist Central Village (in Estonian)
Aet Annist

13.00 €


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The book explores the community-building initiatives of a British-funded participatory development programme in two centralised villages in southeastern Estonia and people’s daily experiences of co-existence in those villages. The data was gathered in 2002-2004 and provides ethnographies of both the villages and the programme.
Uniting the tradition of East European village ethnographies with the anthropological studies of development process, the author aims to present Estonian public with an anthropological study of Estonian society in the midst of recent changes in technologies of power and governmentality.


ISBN 978-9985-58-712-6
349 pages

Ökokogukonnad retoorikas ja praktikas 
Ecovillages in rhetoric and practice (in Estonian)
Edited by Airi-Alina Allaste

11 €


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Utopian concepts of a better way of living in communities have existed throughout the ages. Ecovillages could be considered as the 21st century iteration that is seeking solutions to the problems of contemporary communities – to the hazards to the environment and to the loneliness that has resulted from an individualistic lifestyle.
“Ecovillages in rhetoric and practice” is a collective monograph about ecovillages in Estonia and is based on sociological research. The phenomenon is described from different perspectives and the voluminous collection gives an overview of social movements, ideologies, childraising and education, new gender roles, etc. From the point of view of social science, the movement could be considered as typical of contemporary communities: the everyday choices one makes contribute to changing the world.
This is the first book in the Lifestyles series, the purpose of which is to introduce original research about lifestyles in Estonia. The editor, Airi-Aline Allaste, is a professor of sociology and the head of the Department of Lifestyle Studies. The collection is multidisciplinary and the authors’ approaches are based on anthropology, educational sciences and semiotics.