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The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 11 Volume Set


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The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 11 Volume Set

George Ritzer (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-12433-1 December 2006 Wiley-Blackwell 6384 Pages


Named a Best Reference Work for 2009 by Library Journal

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
 is published in both print and online. Arranged across eleven volumes in A-Z format, it is the definitive reference source for students, researchers, and academics in the field. This ground-breaking project brings together specially commissioned entries written and edited by an international team of the world's best scholars and teachers. It provides:

“This is an example of a reference book turned into an e-product intelligently and

in a way that transcends the print.” – Library Journal

  • An essential reference for expert and newcomer alike, with entries ranging from short definitions of key terms to extended explorations of major topics
  • Provides clear, concise, expert definitions and explanations of the key concepts
  • Presents materials that have historically defined the discipline, but also more recent developments, significantly updating the store of sociological knowledge
  • Introduces sociological theories and research that have developed outside of the United States and Western Europe
  • Offers sophisticated cross-referencing and search facilities
  • Features a timeline, lexicon by subject area, bibliography, and index

11 Volumes



Entries in alphabetical order (each volume A-E / F-K / etc) including cross references and further reading and ranging from 500-6000 words per entry.

Lexicon by subject area.



“This is an example of a reference book turned into an e-product intelligently and in a way that transcends the print, i.e., you can find more and do more online.” (Library Journal, April 2010)

"The most up-to-date work on this topic ... Essential. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers." (Choice)

"This work will be an important addition to large university libraries with sociological departments. It represents important scholarship in this field and will be a resource that will be well used and reliable." (American Reference Books Annual)

"Ritzer has created the literal bible of sociology – a comprehensive and vital tome that houses an ever-evolving snapshot of the structure of our society … Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Sociology deserves a place in all college-level libraries. Simply, we have seen no other sociological-based resource as comprehensive or as classy – this point of reference that outlines the academic mission in beautiful almost elegant terms, in turn recording our never-ending quest for knowledge and enlightenment." (The Electric Review)

"The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology will increase students' understanding of important concepts, people, and trends in social sciences, and serve as a ready reference for scholars and teachers who need a well developed but concise exposition of a concept. Recommended for purchase in academic libraries." (Reference Reviews)

"Attractive, easy to use and pleasingly set out, the site offers features that work well and are refreshingly straightforward ... There are useful bibliographical references at the end of each entry, and it is possible to find related topics of interest very quickly." (Information World Review)