The new edition of this already classic reference work, which was first published in 1985 to great acclaim from social scientists, librarians and professionals, has been updated and radically recast. Ninety per cent of the entries are either new, entirely rewritten or substantially revised. The new entries cover developments in traditional fields over the last decade, newly vital areas of study such as environmental economics and cross-disciplinary pursuits such as women's studies and cultural studies. Theoretical movements such as post-modernism which were only beginning to be discussed in 1985 are now given prominent coverage. The new edition includes entries on such innovative topics as ethnic relations, information society, language and culture, space and pornography. The Social Science Encyclopedia has been written by a truly international team of contributors and thus presents a global understanding of all the key issues within the social sciences. A distinguished board of advisory editors have worked closely with the editors in determining the most important concepts, thinkers and techniques in each field.
Features of the Encyclopedia :
* Lengthy entries cover each of the major disciplines within the social sciences
* Extensive cross-referencing at the end of each entry directs the reader through the volume and provides easy access to relevant articles
* Related fields are also covered in depth and the philosophy of the social sciences is addressed as are theories, methodology and areas of study
* Profiles of key figures and schools of thought from Freud to Foucault and from the Chicago School of Economics to the Frankfurt School are provided.