Synopses & Reviews
Wide-ranging and authoritative, this sociology dictionary is the most informative of its kind. Compiled by a team of experts, under the editorship of Gordon Marshall and John Scott, it contains 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 toleranceas well as biographies covering key figures, such as Gilles Deleuze and Erich Fromm. The jargon-free entries blend clear descriptions with in-depth analysis, and include many real-life examples, making even the most complicated topics easy to understand. This new edition has been revised to bring the dictionary completely up-to-date. Now boasting many entry-level web links, accessible via the regularly updated Dictionary of Sociology companion website, this volume offers more relevant and useful information than ever before, making it an invaluable introduction and a key reference work for students, teachers, and professionals in sociology and related fields.
"Fills a niche as a beginning reference.... Recommended."--Booklist
This wide-ranging and authoritative book is the most informative sociology dictionary of its kind available. Compiled by a team of sociology experts, it is packed with over 2,500 entries. Each entry is elaborated with a clear description and in-depth analysis, and real-life examples are given wherever possible. Coverage is extensive, and includes terms from the related fields of psychology, economics, anthropology, philosophy, and political science.
This new edition, edited by Professor John Scott, has been revised to bring the dictionary completely up to date while retaining the concise, clear editorial quality of the previous editions. New features include boxed-in entries covering key aspects of sociology and weblinks to quality sociological websites. Seventy new entries cover everything from adaptation to orientalism. This edition also contains a range of new biographies covering key figures, such as Gilles Deleuze and Erich Fromm. It is both an invaluable introduction to sociology for beginners and a useful aid for more advanced students and teachers.
About the Author
John Scott is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex. He has previously taught at the University of Leicester and Strathclyde University. His books include Corporations, Classes, and Capitalism (1975), Who Rules Britain? (1991), Sociological Theory (1995), Power (2001), and Social Theory: Central Issues in Sociology (2005). With James Fulcher he is author of Sociology (2nd Edn., 2003). 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.
Professor Gordon Marshall is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading. He was formerly Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). His previous posts include Official Fellow in Sociology at Nuffield College, Oxford, Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath, and teaching posts at the university of Essex and the London School of Economics. He has held a British Academy Senior Research Fellowship and has also been a visiting Professor at several European universities. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2000 and awarded a CBE in 2003 for his services to economics and social science.
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