The Blackwell Dictionary of Modern Social Thought

Author: William Outhwaite

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470999012

Category: Social Science

Page: 856

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Modern social thought ranges widely from the social sciences to philosophy, political theories and doctrines, cultural ideas and movements, and the influence of the natural sciences. Provides an authoritative overview of the main themes of social thought. Long essays and entries give full coverage to each topic. Covers major currents of thought, philosophical and cultural trends, and the individual social sciences from anthropology to welfare economics. New edition updates about 200 entries and includes new entries, suggestions for further reading, and a bibliography of all sources cited within the text.
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Blackwell Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Social Thought

Author: William Outhwaite,Tom Bottomore

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631195757

Category: Social Science

Page: 864

View: 2131

This Dictionary aims to provide a reliable and comprehensive overview of the main themes of social thought, in particular the major concepts, principal schools and movements of thought, and those institutions that have been objects of social analysis or engendered significant doctrines and ideas.
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Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science

Author: Frank Bealey

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631206941

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

View: 2990

The Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science is a clear introduction to the terminology of political science for students and general readers. The book comprises rigorous definitions and explanations of around 1000 key terms presented in an engaging style, cross-referenced, and easily accessible to readers new to the subject. It also includes a section of short biographies of the most eminent writers in the discipline - both classical and modern. The book is unique in combining a single author's overview and minimal assumptions about the reader's prior knowledge of the discipline. Major entries include short bibliographies for those who wish to pursue topics further.
Posted in Political Science

Social Theory and Postcommunism

Author: William Outhwaite,Larry Ray

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405137843

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

View: 5686

Social Theory and Postcommunism undertakes a thorough study of the implications of post-communism for sociological theory. Written by two leading social theorists, the book discusses the thesis that the fall of communism has decimated alternative conceptions of social organizations other than capitalism. Analyzes the implications of the fall of communism on social theory Discusses alternative ideas of social organizations other than capitalism, in the wake of the collapse of communism Covers state/civil society, globalization, the future of “modernity,” and post-socialism
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The Future of Society

Author: William Outhwaite

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405153105

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

View: 4040

This important Manifesto argues that we still need a concept of society in order to make sense of the forces which structure our lives. Written by leading social theorist William Outhwaite Asks if the notion of society is relevant in the twenty-first century Goes to the heart of contemporary social and political debate Examines critiques of the concept of society from neoliberals, postmodernists, and globalization theorists
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Concept Formation in Social Science (Routledge Revivals)

Author: William Outhwaite

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136830774

Category: Philosophy

Page: 266

View: 6402

First published in 1983, this book examines the problems of concept formation in the social sciences, and in particular sociology, from the standpoint of a realistic philosophy of science. Beginning with a discussion of positivistic, hermeneutic, rationalist and realistic philosophies of science, Dr Outhwaite argues that realism is best able to furnish rational criteria for the choice and specification of social scientific concepts. A realistic philosophy of science therefore acts as his reference point for the dialectical presentation of alternative accounts.
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Europe and Asia beyond East and West

Author: Gerard Delanty

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134181418

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 9570

This major new book tackles key questions on Europe in the context of shifting parameters of East and West. The contributors - sociologists, anthropologists, philosophers and historians - show, from a variety of different perspectives, that the conventional equation of Europe with the West must be questioned. Featuring four thematically organized chapters, the book looks at: a post-Western world Asia in Europe: encounters in history between Europe and Asia otherness in Europe and Asia. Exploring new expressions of European self-understanding in a way that challenges recent ideological notions of the ‘clash of civilizations’, this outstanding work draws on recent scholarship that shows how Europe and Asia were mutually linked in history and in contemporary perspective. It argues that as a result of current developments and the changing geopolitical context, both Europe and Asia have much in common and that it is possible to speak of cosmopolitan links rather than clashes. This book will be of great value to students and researchers in the fields of sociology, European politics and history and cultural theory.
Posted in Political Science

The SAGE Handbook of Social Science Methodology

Author: William Outhwaite,Stephen Turner

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446206459

Category: Social Science

Page: 640

View: 8941

"An excellent guidebook through different approaches to social science measurement, including the all-important route-maps that show us how to get there." - Roger Jowell, City University "In this wide-ranging collection of chapters, written by acknowledged experts in their fields, Outhwaite and Turner have brought together material in one volume which will provide an extremely important platform for consideration of the full range of contemporary analytical and methodological issues." - Charles Crothers, Auckland University of Technology This is a jewel among methods Handbooks, bringing together a formidable collection of international contributors to comment on every aspect of the various central issues, complications and controversies in the core methodological traditions. It is designed to meet the needs of those disciplinary and nondisciplinary problem-oriented social inquirers for a comprehensive overview of the methodological literature. The text is divided into 7 sections: Overviews of methodological approaches in the social sciences Cases, comparisons and theory Quantification and experiment Rationality, complexity and collectivity Interpretation, critique and postmodernity Discourse construction Engagement. Edited by two leading figures in the field, the Handbook is a landmark work in the field of research methods. More than just a 'cookbook' that teaches readers how to master techniques, it will give social scientists in all disciplines an appreciation for the full range of methodological debates today, from the quantitative to the qualitative, giving them deeper and sharpen insights into their own research questions. It will generate debate, solutions and a series of questions for researchers to exploit and develop in their research and teaching.
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Rethinking Islamism

The Ideology of the New Terror

Author: Meghnad Desai

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857716336

Category: Political Science

Page: 204

View: 5324

The global struggle against 'terror' looks set to become one of the defining characteristics of geopolitics in the new century. Despite increasingly frantic calls - especially after the London bombings of July 7 2005 - for western leaders to 'understand Islam better', there is a still a critical distinction that needs to be made between 'Islam' as religion and 'Islamism' in the sense of militant mindset. _x000D_ _x000D_ In this provocative new book Meghnad Desai argues that it is quite wrong to treat the followers of Osama bin-Laden and other jihadists, whether home-grown or not, as qualitatively different in their thinking from extreme ideologies such as Leninism, Trotskyism or Maoism ; or from the Baader-Meinhof Gang and the Red Brigades, who were also prepared to unleash savage violence against their own countrymen. As the author sees it, it is not - as George Bush and Tony Blair have claimed - a more nuanced understanding of Islam that will help the western powers defeat terror, but rather a proper understanding of Islamism: a political ideology quite distinct from religion (just as in the same way the IRA could not reasonably be equated with Roman Catholicism). While Islamism may be draped in religious imagery and suffused by apocalyptic language, it nevertheless is similar in nature to secular ideologies of terror. And once, the author holds, this is properly appreciated, the ways to defeat it will become much better evident. _x000D_ _x000D_ Historically sophisticated and passionately argued, Rethinking Islamism makes a powerful case by a master theorist of political philosophy. It will be essential reading for students and policy-makers alike in the fields of politics, current affairs, and religion.
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The Nature of Fascism

Author: Roger Griffin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136145885

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

View: 419

The Nature of Fascism draws on the history of ideas as well as on political, social and psychological theory to produce a synthesis of ideas and approaches that will be invaluable for students. Roger Griffin locates the driving force of fascism in a distinctive form of utopian myth, that of the regenerated national community, destined to rise up from the ashes of a decadent society. He lays bare the structural affinity that relates fascism not only to Nazism, but to the many failed fascist movements that surfaced in inter-war Europe and elsewhere, and traces the unabated proliferation of virulent (but thus far successfully marginalized) fascist activism since 1945.
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The Foundations of International Investment Law

Bringing Theory into Practice

Author: Zachary Douglas,Joost Pauwelyn,Jorge E. Viñuales

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191508586

Category: Law

Page: 586

View: 9699

International investment law is one of the fastest growing areas of international law. It has led to the signing of thousands of agreements, mostly in the form of investment contracts and bilateral investment treaties. Also, in the last two decades, there has been an exponential growth in the number of disputes being resolved by investment arbitration tribunals. Yet the legal principles at the basis of international investment law and arbitration remain in a state of flux. Perhaps the best illustration of this phenomenon is the wide disagreement among investment tribunals on some of the core concepts underpinning the regime, such as investment, property, regulatory powers, scope of jurisdiction, applicable law, or the interactions with other areas of international law. The purpose of this book is to revisit these conceptual foundations in order to shed light on the practice of international investment law. It is an attempt to bridge the growing gap between the theory and the practice of this thriving area of international law. The first part of the book focuses on the 'infrastructure' of the investment regime or, more specifically, on the structural arrangements that have been developed to manage foreign investment transactions and the potential disputes arising from them. The second part of the book identifies the common conceptual bases of an array of seemingly unconnected practical problems in order to clarify the main stakes and offer balanced solutions. The third part addresses the main sources of 'regime stress' as well as the main legal mechanisms available to manage such challenges to the operation of the regime. Overall, the book offers a thorough investigation of the conflicting theoretical positions underlying international investment law, testing their worth by reference to concrete issues that have arisen in the jurisprudence. It demonstrates that many of the most important practical questions arising in practice can be addressed by a carefully dosed resort to theory.
Posted in Law

Sociology

A Guide to Reference and Information Sources

Author: Stephen H. Aby,James Nalen,Lori Fielding

Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated

ISBN: 9781563089473

Category: Social Science

Page: 273

View: 4771

Up-to-date, well organized, and readable, this is a valuable research resource for students, faculty, librarians, and scholars, as well as a valuable collection development tool.
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The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology

Author: CTI Reviews

Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews

ISBN: 1490256164

Category: Education

Page: 81

View: 2928

Facts101 is your complete guide to The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology. In this book, you will learn topics such as as those in your book plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.
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Handbook of Contemporary European Social Theory

Author: Gerard Delanty

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780203086476

Category: Philosophy

Page: 422

View: 1078

This innovative publication maps out the broad and interdisciplinary field of contemporary European social theory. It covers sociological theory, the wider theoretical traditions in the social sciences including cultural and political theory, anthropological theory, social philosophy and social thought in the broadest sense of the term. This volume surveys the classical heritage, the major national traditions and the fate of social theory in a post-national and post-disciplinary era. It also identifies what is distinctive about European social theory in terms of themes and traditions. It is divided into five parts: disciplinary traditions, national traditions, major schools, key themes and the reception of European social theory in American and Asia. Thirty-five contributors from nineteen countries across Europe, Russia, the Americas and Asian Pacific have been commissioned to utilize the most up-to-date research available to provide a critical, international analysis of their area of expertise. Overall, this is an indispensable book for students, teachers and researchers in sociology, cultural studies, politics, philosophy and human geography and will set the tone for future research in the social sciences.
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Walford's Guide to Reference Material: Social and historical sciences, philosophy and religion

Author: Albert John Walford,Alan Day,Marilyn Mullay,Michael Walsh,Priscilla Schlicke,Library Association

Publisher: London : Library Association Pub.

ISBN: N.A

Category: Reference

Page: 794

View: 3988

A revised and updated guide to reference material. It contains selective and evaluative entries to guide the enquirer to the best source of reference in each subject area, be it journal article, CD-ROM, on-line database, bibliography, encyclopaedia, monograph or directory. It features full critical annotations and reviewers' comments and comprehensive author-title and subject indexes. The contents include: philosophy and psychology; religion; social sciences, sociology, statistics, politics, economics, labour and employment; land and property, business organizations, finance and banking, and economic surveys; economic policies and controls, trade and commerce, business and management, and law; public administration, social services and welfare, education, customs and traditions; geography; biography; and history.
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The Wiley-Blackwell Dictionary of Modern European History Since 1789

Author: Nicholas Atkin,Michael Biddiss,Frank Tallett

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444390728

Category: History

Page: 512

View: 549

The Wiley-Blackwell Dictionary of Modern European History Since 1789 is an authoritative and accessible reference guide to the major people, events, and issues that have shaped the development of Europe from the French Revolution to the present day. Features almost a thousand alphabetical entries on modern European history Offers extensive cross-references to enhance clarity and reveal historical links and connections, and a series of maps charting the evolution of modern European states Covers the whole of continental Europe, as well as relevant aspects of the British experience Written by a trio of distinguished historians of the period
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Theorizing Society in a Global Context

Author: A. Krossa

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137003189

Category: Social Science

Page: 206

View: 7188

Using Europe as an example, this book readdresses and updates the concept of 'society', exploring society in the context of both globalization and conflict theory to develop a new theory of society for our times.
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Book Review Digest

Author/title Index, 1985-1994

Author: Martha T. Mooney

Publisher: H. W. Wilson

ISBN: 9780824209070

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1261

View: 9846

- Excerpts from and citations to reviews of more than 8,000 books each year, from 109 publications. - Electronic version with expanded coverage, and retrospective version available, see p. 5 and p. 31. - Pricing: Service Basis-Books.
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