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Overview

A classic book in the field, thoroughly revised and updated, this survey of the social sciences is written in an unbiased manner with a multidisciplinary, common sense approach. The eleventh edition highlights the dramatic political and economic changes that have swept the world in recent years, providing readers with lively topics for discussions and debate. For anyone interested in understanding current trends and events in our society.
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An introductory text for undergraduates, detailing social science and its methods. Material is reader-friendly yet not simplistic, with boxes on topics of interest and imaginative b&w photos and illustrations, plus key concepts and terms and review and discussion questions. Coverage includes origins of Western society, technology and society, the family, ethnic and racial stratification, and international political and economic relations. This tenth edition is significantly shorter, deleting in-depth information on the history of the field, economics, and crime. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205174317
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.97 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

David Colander has been the Christian A Johnson Distinguished Professor of Economics at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont since 1982. He has authored, co-authored, or edited over 40 books (including a principles and intermediate macro text) and 200 articles on a wide range of topics. His books have been, or are being, translated into a number of different languages, including Chinese, Bulgarian, Polish, Italian, and Spanish.

He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia University, Vassar College, the University of Miami as well as Middlebury. He has also been a consultant to Time-Life Films, a consultant to Congress, a Brookings Policy Fellow, and a Visiting Scholar at Nuffield College, Oxford. In 2001-2002 he was the Kelly Professor of Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University.

He is a former President of both the Eastern Economic Association and History of Economic Thought Society and is, or has been, on the editorial boards of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Journal of Economic Methodology, Eastern Economic Journal, and The Journal of Socioeconomics, and Journal of Economic Perspectives. He is a member of the AEA Committee on Economic Education.

Elgin Hunt is deceased. He was one of the early authors of this book when it began in the 1930s, and took over as sole author in the 1950s. He continued revising the book until the late 1960s when David Colander took over.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Social Science and Its Methods 3
Ch. 2 Origin of the Social Sciences 28
Ch. 3 Human Origins 51
Ch. 4 Origins of Western Society 73
Ch. 5 Society, Culture, and Cultural Change 105
Ch. 6 The Interaction of Geography, Environment, and Culture 128
Ch. 7 The Interaction of Technology, Environment, and Culture 151
Ch. 8 Population and Demography 177
Ch. 9 Personal Adjustment 201
Ch. 10 Crime and Punishment 223
Ch. 11 The Family 247
Ch. 12 Religion 269
Ch. 13 Education 298
Ch. 14 Social and Economic Stratification 327
Ch. 15 Ethnic and Racial Stratification 346
Ch. 16 The Functions and Forms of Government 381
Ch. 17 Democratic Government in America 403
Ch. 18 Governments of the World 433
Ch. 19 The Organization of Economic Activities 455
Ch. 20 American Economic Institutions 474
Ch. 21 Government and the Economy 493
Ch. 22 International Political Relations 521
Ch. 23 International Economic Relations 544
Ch. 24 The Political Economies of Developing Countries 562
Ch. 25 International Institutions and the Search for Peace 585
Appendix A The Declaration of Independence As Adopted by Congress 607
Appendix B Constitution of the United States of America 610
Index 627
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