Review by Choice Review
The first general encyclopedia of all the social sciences to be published since the late 1970s. Regardless of the lack of competition, readers will find this encyclopedia deserves special consideration. In one volume, the editors have adequately treated major issues and prominent personalities in the basic social sciences as well as in several tangential fields, such as demography, linguistics, and communications. More impressive is the balanced international coverage of the entire encyclopedia and of the individual articles. Topics that lend themselves to national bias, for example ``voting'' or ``welfare economics,'' are successfully described in an international sense. This success is due in large part to the theoretical rather than factual definitions given for most topics. Theoretical treatment combined with the consistently high level of scholarship evident in all entries and bibliographies represent the major value of this encyclopedia. The addition of cross-references or an index would have improved access to the material. Nevertheless, the quality of the work supersedes these technical limitations. Community college through undergraduate reference collections.-T.L. Wesley, Northern Kentucky University
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Review by Booklist Review
Similar to the 1985 first edition, the second edition of the Social Science Encyclopedia attempts to provide broad and up-to-date coverage of all of the social sciences in a single volume. It contains more than 600 signed articles, ranging in length from a few paragraphs to a few pages, representing current theory, practice, and policy in such disciplines as anthropology, economics, education, feminism, geography, government and politics, linguistics, philosophy, and sociology. With such broad coverage, the encyclopedia does not go into great detail. Fortunately, every entry includes a bibliography for further reading. Like the first edition, the encyclopedia is written primarily for specialists in the field. It has a relatively high reading level and will be most useful for researchers and graduate students. A comparison of the first and second editions indicates that the editors have taken into account the many changes that have occurred in the social sciences over the intervening decade. In a random sample of entries selected from both editions, only one-quarter of the text was found to be the same. Approximately 15 percent of the entries from the first edition were dropped, and more than one-half of all entries have been revised and updated. A further 25 percent of the entries in the second edition are completely new. Many of the articles contain recent findings and citations, some as recent as 1994. This work will replace the first edition and will continue to serve as an update to the old standard, the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. It will be a useful addition to any social sciences research collection. (Reviewed April 1, 1996)
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Review by Library Journal Review
This somewhat eccentric work includes entries under the disciplines of biology, medicine, philosophy, and psychiatry. A page-long entry on ``semantics'' ex plains what is actually meant by the sentence, ``Mary hit Alice.'' While in formative, this properly belongs in an encyclopedia of linguistics or logic, not in an already truncated social-science volume. Others of the entries are equal ly misplaced, and some are uneven in quality; 500 scholars contributed to the effort, but editorial control seems lack ing. While the publication of a work of interdisciplinary thought is welcome, users cannot rely on finding the expect ed. ``Acculturation'' refers the reader to the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences for further read inggood advice to follow for a first reading. Bill Bailey, Newton Gresh am Lib., Huntsville, Tex. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.