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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415476355
ISBN-10: 0415476356
Format: Paperback
(246mm x 174mm x 48mm)
Pages: 1160
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Adam Kuper

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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