The Social Science Encyclopedia / Edition 3

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The Social Science Encyclopedia, first published in 1985 to acclaim from social scientists, librarians and students, was thoroughly revised in 1996, when reviewers began to describe it as a classic. This third edition has been radically recast. Over half the entries are new or have been entirely rewritten, and most of the balance have been substantially revised.
Written by an international team of contributors, the Encyclopedia offers a global perspective on key issues within the social sciences. Some 500 entries cover a variety of enduring and newly vital areas of study and research methods. Experts review theoretical debates from neo-evolutionism and rational choice theory to poststructuralism, and address the great questions that cut across the social sciences. What is the influence of genes on behaviour? What is the nature of consciousness and cognition? What are the causes of poverty and wealth? What are the roots of conflict, wars, revolutions and genocidal violence?
This authoritative reference work is aimed at anyone with a serious interest in contemporary academic thinking about the individual in society.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Acclaim for previous editions of the Social Science Encyclopedia

'...this is an excellent and authoritative publication.' - Adrian L. James, Professor of Applied Social Sciences, University of Bradford - Social Work and Social Sciences Review: An International Journal of Applied Research

'Well written and authoritative, this is a work truly deserving of the accolade "classic".Needs to be added to all reference collections serving a clientele with social science interests as well as general collections of any size.' - Reference Reviews

'A useful addition to any social sciences research collection.' - Reference Books Bulletin

'consistently high level of scholarship......recommended for all libraries.' - Choice

'There is much to applaud in the Encyclopedia. The entries are in general well written and informative, and pitched at the right level for likely readers. Particularly good are the longer "master entries" on whole disciplines.' - Times Literary Supplement

'This collection of essays goes a long way towards supplying a reasonable single-volume reference work that covers all the main disciplines and problem areas that exist within the field of the social sciences.' - Times Education Supplement

Library Journal
This somewhat eccentric work includes entries under the disciplines of biology, medicine, philosophy, and psychiatry. A page-long entry on ``semantics'' ex plains what is actually meant by the sentence, ``Mary hit Alice.'' While in formative, this properly belongs in an encyclopedia of linguistics or logic, not in an already truncated social-science volume. Others of the entries are equal ly misplaced, and some are uneven in quality; 500 scholars contributed to the effort, but editorial control seems lack ing. While the publication of a work of interdisciplinary thought is welcome, users cannot rely on finding the expect ed. ``Acculturation'' refers the reader to the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences for further read inggood advice to follow for a first reading. Bill Bailey, Newton Gresh am Lib., Huntsville, Tex.
Library Journal
More of a dictionary than an encyclopedia, this one-volume paperback update to the first edition LJ 4/15/86 comprises 600 entries, 90 percent of which are new or substantially revised to reflect recent developments and approaches in the social sciences, e.g., feminism, postmodernism, sociobiology, environmental and evolutionary economics, and cultural studies. Contributors, mostly scholars from the United Kingdom and the United States, are aiming at an audience of scholars and social scientists who need a handy desk reference for quick overviews of terms, concepts, movements, and individuals from disciplines outside or adjoining their own fields. The entries are of high quality in terms of content, but inevitably any one-volume work that attempts to cover all the social sciences will have gaps: for example, there's an entry on semantics but no entries for the equally important linguistic subfields of phonology and syntax. Readers needing in-depth treatment of topics will be better served by the multivolume encyclopedias that cover individual disciplines in the social sciences, the true heirs to the venerable Encyclopedia of Social Sciences 1930 and the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 1968. All libraries that missed the hardcover should purchase this inexpensive paperback edition.--Marc Meola, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
The authoritative second edition surveying the central disciplines in the social sciences and reviewing theories, topics of special interest, and key historical figures in the formative schools of thought, which include: anthropology, business, communications, education, economics, women's studies, public policy, law, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. Extensive revision has been completed for this volume, particularly in the areas of feminism and the treatment of cultural research. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415476355
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/30/2008
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1160
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Kuper is an anthropologist, author of many books, regular broadcaster and contributer to TLS and the London Review of Books. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Jessica Kuper retired in 2002 as senior commissioning editor in the social sciences at Cambridge University Press.

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Table of Contents

accountability; accounting; activation and arousal; actor, social; adolescence; affirmative action; ageing; age-sex structure; agricultural economics; alcoholism and alcohol abuse; alienation; altruism and co-operation; anarchism; anger, hostility and aggression; Annales School; anthropology; anxiety; Aristotle (384-322 BC); art, sociology of; artificial intelligence; asymmetric information; attitudes; auctions; authoritarian and totalitarian systems; authority; balance of payments; banking; bargaining; basic needs; behavioural economics; Bentham, Jeremy (1748-1832); Boas, Franz (1858-1942); body; Bourdieu (1930-2002); Braudel, Fernand (1902-85); bureaucracy; Burke, Edmund (1729-97); business cycles; business studies; cannibalism; capital, credit and money markets
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