Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Encyclopedia of Social Theory Volume 1

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George Ritzer
SAGE, 2005 - 982pages

This set comes just months after the publication of Sage's three-volume Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods, whose best attributes are repeated here: an alphabetical list of entries and Reader's Guide (including topical breakdowns) appear at the front of both volumes; a "Chronology of Social Theory," "Master Bibliography," and comprehensive index are at the end of Volume 2. Some of the deficiencies of Research Methods are here as well, including minimal graphics and a decidedly Western orientation to key players and concepts. The set is quite current, with up-to-date entries such as "Male Gaze" and "McDonaldization," although the controversial French philosopher Jacques Derrida, who died several months ago, is alive and well in these pages. Bottom Line On the whole, this will be a useful resource for beginning researchers in the social sciences, or users requiring basic definitions or biographies. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.-Ellen D. Gilbert, Princeton, NJ

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