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A Critical Dictionary of Sociology

A Critical Dictionary of Sociology

by Raymond Boudon, Francois Bourricaud
     
 

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Unlike most other sociology or social science dictionaries, in this translation of the Critical Dictionary of Sociology, taken from the second French edition of the Dictionary and edited by the English sociologist Peter Hamilton, the critical value of this distinctive work is at last made available for a wider audience.

Each entry grapples directly with an

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Unlike most other sociology or social science dictionaries, in this translation of the Critical Dictionary of Sociology, taken from the second French edition of the Dictionary and edited by the English sociologist Peter Hamilton, the critical value of this distinctive work is at last made available for a wider audience.

Each entry grapples directly with an issue, whether theoretical, epistemological, philosophical, political or empirical, and provides a strong statement of what the authors think about it. The discussions are considered but argumentative. By reaffirming that a non-marxist style of critique is still possible, Boudon and Bourricaud have presented a distinctive approach to the key issues which confront the societies of the Twentieth and Twenty-First centuries.

For some this work will be a textbook, for others an indispensable sourcebook of sociological concepts, and for most a way of opening our eyes to new dimensions in our understanding of the great ideas and theories of sociology.

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Library Journal
This dictionary is a British translation (as well as an abridgement, from 102 topics down to 73) of the French Dictionnaire Critique de la Sociologie ( Press Universitaires de France, 1986. 2d ed.). According to the authors, both French sociologists, it offers very selective coverage of currently used terms which deal with the ``fundamental questions'' of sociology. The authors' stated goal, ``to present a critical analysis of the sociological tradition,'' is carried out in long essay-type entries averaging about 1700 words and including bibliographies. This is not a dictionary of definitions, but rather an exploration of concepts, theories, major questions, and central figures. No other current sociology dictionary takes on the theoretical, philosophical, and/or empirical aspects of topics in such depth. Highly recommended for academic libraries serving social science scholars.-- Mary Jane Brustman, SUNY at Albany Libs.
Booknews
French sociologists Boudon and Bourricaud present a selective and critical discussion of the fundamental questions of sociology. The entries are small essays, complete with bibliographical references, which taken together form a coherent critique of the sociological tradition that synthesizes American, British, French, and German contributions. This first English-language edition abridges the second French edition to reflect issues that are of greatest interest to an English-speaking readership. In sharp contrast to most references, this one is individualistic, pointed, and argumentative (and arguable). Highly recommended. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415861915
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/16/2015
Edition description:
Critical
Pages:
452
Sales rank:
1,213,387

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