The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology / Edition 1

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The BLACKWELL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SOCIOLOGY will be published in 2006. Arranged across eleven volumes in A-Z format, it will be the reference source for students, researchers, and academics in the field. This ground-breaking project will bring together specially commissioned entries written and edited by an international team of the world's best scholars and teachers. It will provide: Clear, concise, expert definitions and explanations of the key concepts An essential reference for expert and newcomer alike, with entries ranging from extended explorations of major topics to short definitions of key terms Materials that have historically defined the discipline, but also more recent developments, significantly updating the store of sociological knowledge Introductions to sociological theories and research that have developed outside of the United States and Western Europe Sophisticated cross-referencing and search facilities Lexicon by subject area, bibliography, and index.

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“This is an example of a reference book turned into ane-product intelligently and in a way that transcends the print,i.e., you can find more and do more online.” (LibraryJournal, April 2010)

"The most up-to-date work on this topic ... Essential.Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers."(Choice)

"This work will be an important addition to large universitylibraries with sociological departments. It represents importantscholarship in this field and will be a resource that will be wellused and reliable." (American Reference Books Annual)

"Ritzer has created the literal bible of sociology – acomprehensive and vital tome that houses an ever-evolving snapshotof the structure of our society … Blackwell’sEncyclopedia of Sociology deserves a place in allcollege-level libraries. Simply, we have seen no othersociological-based resource as comprehensive or as classy –this point of reference that outlines the academic mission inbeautiful almost elegant terms, in turn recording our never-endingquest for knowledge and enlightenment." (The ElectricReview)

"The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology will increasestudents' understanding of important concepts, people, and trendsin social sciences, and serve as a ready reference for scholars andteachers who need a well developed but concise exposition of aconcept. Recommended for purchase in academic libraries."(Reference Reviews)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405124331
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 6384
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 16.60 (h) x 8.30 (d)

Meet the Author

George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at theUniversity of Maryland. He has a breadth of experience andqualifications for the task of editing an Encyclopedia of Sociologyincluding the fact that he is currently editing the SageEncyclopedia of Social Theory and this has given him (and hiscurrent assistant) invaluable experience. His work has theinternational distribution and reputation needed to assure globalacceptance for such an Encyclopedia, and he has writtensuccessfully not only for other scholars but also students invarious courses including introductory sociology (his co-authoredtextbook in this area went through seven editions). He has alsowritten two leading US textbooks in social theory (each of whichhas sold over 60,000 copies across several editions) and TheMcDonaldization of Society (which has sold around 120,000 copiesover four editions), as well as editing our Companion to MajorSocial Theorists and for Sage the Handbook of Social Theory and theHandbook of Social Problems.
He has held a Fulbright at Erasmus University in the Netherlands, aFulbright Chair at York University, Canada, the UNESCO Chair inSocial Theory at the Russian Academy of Sciences, and wasFellow-in-Residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studyand the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the SocialSciences. He has been a Visiting Professor at the universities ofShanghai (China), Surrey (England), Tampere (Finland), Bremen(Germany) and Nuoro (Sardinia, Italy). In addition, he has giveninnumerable invited speeches all over the United States and theworld, including the 2003 keynote address to the meetings of theBritish Sociological Association. The American SociologicalAssociation honored him with its Distinguished Contribution toTeaching Award in 2000 (relatedly he has won all of the majorteaching awards at the University of Maryland) and he has servedthe Association in various capacities, including as Chair of itssections on Theoretical Sociology and Organization and Occupations.

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Table of Contents



Entries in alphabetical order (each volume A-E / F-K / etc)including cross references and further reading and ranging from500-6000 words per entry.

Lexicon by subject area.



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