A Dictionary of Sociology

A Dictionary of Sociology

Paperback Oxford Dictionary of Sociology

By (author) John Scott, By (author) Gordon Marshall

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 832 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 36mm | 559g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199533008
  • ISBN 13: 9780199533008
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Figures and tables
  • Sales rank: 28,445

Product description

Wide-ranging and authoritative, this bestselling sociology dictionary is the most informative of its kind. Compiled by a team of sociological experts, under the editorship of Gordon Marshall and John Scott, it is packed with 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 tolerance . It also contains biographies covering key figures, such as Gilles Deleuze and Erich Fromm. Jargon-free entries are elaborated with clear descriptions and in-depth analysis, many using real-life examples, making even the most complicated subjects easy to understand. This new edition has been revised to bring the dictionary completely up-to-date, while retaining the concise, clear quality of previous editions. Now boasting many entry-level web links, accessible via the Dictionary of Sociology companion website, this dictionary offers more relevant and useful information than ever before. An invaluable introduction to sociology for beginners, and a key reference work for more advanced students, teachers, and professionals working with sociology and related fields.

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Author information

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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Review from previous edition Readers and especially beginning readers of sociology can scarcely do better than turn to this dictionary. There is no better single-volume compilation for an up-to-date, readable and authoritative source of definitions, summaries and references in contemporary sociology A. H. Halsey The Oxford Dictionary of Sociology fills a niche as a beginning reference Booklist

Table of contents

LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS ; PREFACE ; A-Z DICTIONARY