"All praise to Allan Johnson for this fine second edition of thevery best portable dictionary of sociology. Clear and knowing, itskillfully anatomizes the concepts basic to a sociologicalunderstanding of social life. It belongs in every college andpublic library and in many a personal library as well." RobertK. Merton, Columbia University
"Here is a book that every academic library and every departmentof sociology should own. The author's short opening essay is clearand valuable [and he] has chosen his vocabulary items well. Everyword I looked up was there. His essay definitions are good, andclosely representative of the discipline, [and] he precisely graspsthe distinctive elements of each concept." ContemporarySociology
" It is a portable dictionary that will help undergraduates andothers interested in understanding the central concepts ofsociology by offering them a representative sampling of somespecialized areas within the field and some important concepts fromrelated disciplines-such as Authority, Feminism and TeleoogicalExplanation. This is unique in one respect. The others areedited collections of entries composed by many writers, but Johnsonwrote this entire work in an effort to present the whole conceptualframework with one continuos voice." Booklist, Chicago,Illinois
"Inexpensive, with an attractive format, this dictionary wouldbe helpful for sociology students and would make a good, if notessential, addition to library collections." P. Flaherty,Eastern Kentucky University
"Intended to serve as a guidebook, this dictionary is so wellwritten that it could also be read cover to cover. All publiclibraries should have a copy of this work in their referencesections." Libraries Unlimited, American ReferenceBooks
William M. Wentworth in Contemporary Sociology :
Here is a book that every academic library and every department of sociology should own. In an ideal world in which cost was no object, each sociology student-graduate and undergraduate-should also have a copy. The author's short opening essay is clear and valu able. Johnson explains the relationship of a discipline's vocabulary to the discipline and to the portion of the world that makes up the subject matter for study. This alone would be an important understanding for undergraduates to have. He also explains the limitations of a desktop reference book. The limitations are not highly visible. Johnson has chosen his vocabulary items well. Every word I looked up was there. Unlike earlier dictionaries of the social sciences, this one includes methodological and statistical terminology. His essay definitions are very good, and closely representative of the discipline (not idiosyncratic). He precisely grasps the distinctive elements of each concept. Each item has at least one reference to a source book; each definition includes various cross-referencing concepts. Unexpectedly for an alphabetized dictionary, there is an index to help further in cross-referencing and finding embedded topics and names. And the publisher can take credit for a clear layout, a good choice of paper, and a very profession al look. Finally, there is an interesting section of over 150 biographical sketches. Both genders are well represented, and the material is extremely cogent.