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Wide-ranging and authoritative, this bestselling sociology dictionary is the most informative of its kind. Compiled by a team of sociological experts, under the editorship of Gordon Marshall and John Scott, it is packed with over 2,500 entries. With terms taken from sociology and the related fields of psychology, economics, anthropology, philosophy, and political science, it provides widespread coverage of all aspects of sociology, from adaptation to zero tolerance . It also contains biographies covering key ...
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A Dictionary of Sociology

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Overview

Wide-ranging and authoritative, this bestselling sociology dictionary is the most informative of its kind. Compiled by a team of sociological experts, under the editorship of Gordon Marshall and John Scott, it is packed with over 2,500 entries. With terms taken from sociology and the related fields of psychology, economics, anthropology, philosophy, and political science, it provides widespread coverage of all aspects of sociology, from adaptation to zero tolerance . It also contains biographies covering key figures, such as Gilles Deleuze and Erich Fromm. Jargon-free entries are elaborated with clear descriptions and in-depth analysis, many using real-life examples, making even the most complicated subjects easy to understand. This new edition has been revised to bring the dictionary completely up-to-date, while retaining the concise, clear quality of previous editions. Now boasting many entry-level web links, accessible via the Dictionary of Sociology companion website, this dictionary offers more relevant and useful information than ever before. An invaluable introduction to sociology for beginners, and a key reference work for more advanced students, teachers, and professionals working with sociology and related fields.
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This third edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Sociology, first published in 1994, contains more than 2500 A-to-Z entries, 70 of them updated with such newly relevant topics as "Internet" and "Cyber Ethnography." Editors Scott (president, British Sociological Assoc.; Power) and Marshall (vice chancellor, Univ. of Reading, UK) have assembled a fine team of primarily British contributors, sociological experts and academics who do an excellent job of defining and describing a theory, school, or movement-its main thrust as well as important theorists, e.g., French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and German psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, and what they contributed not only in the field of sociology but also in psychology, economics, anthropology, philosophy, and political science. The length of entries ranges from two sentences to two pages. Included in these entries, as part of the text, are titles to major monographs. Bottom Line One quibble with this new edition concerns sloppy editing: internal See Also's are not used consistently, there are some errors in punctuation, and there is at least one instance of an uncapitalized author's name. These errors make it harder for the reader to understand the entry but are not so frequent that they negate the overall effectiveness and usefulness of the dictionary. Recommended for all academic libraries.-Cynthia Johnson, Pratt Inst. Libs., Brooklyn Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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"Fills a niche as a beginning reference.... Recommended."--Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191018268
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 1/22/2009
  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 664,712
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

John Scott is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, an Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Gordon Marshall is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy and was awarded a CBE in 2003 for his services to economics and social science.

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