- Hardcover: 17500 pages
- Publisher: Pergamon; 1st edition (22 November 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0080430767
- ISBN-13: 978-0080430768
- Product Dimensions: 31.1 x 24.1 x 40.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
International Encyclopedia of Social & Behavioral Sciences Hardcover – Import, 22 Nov 2001
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"Like the pyramids, the work is monumental in scope, will prove to be enduring in its contribution, and is surely one of the great wonders of the scientific world." - Contemporary Psychology, APA Review of Books, 2004, Vol. 49, No. 6.
"IESBS, a major social science reference work with a user-friendly interface.. Well worth the expense, even to libraries holding the print version..."
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About the Author
Neil J. Smelser is Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California, and University Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. His many books include "Social Paralysis and Social Change: British Working-Class Education in the Nineteenth Century" (California, 1991). Hans-Peter Muller is Professor of Sociology at Humboldt University, Berlin.
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Even better this is the First edition, not the 2nd edition, so this has real collectors value
You could get the had cover version for less than $1000, but for only $13,000 more you get the conveinece of having it on your Kindle.
Overall, I find that psychiatry, neurosciences and the like take much too much space at the expense of subjects more related to the social sciences. Just to name one example: The Organization OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) has no entry (although there are a few references in the index).
The emphasis on behavioral sciences is argued in the introduction as an implication of the decision to cover the behavioral sciences in full. I do not quite agree in this decision. Is behavioral science not connected to behaviorism? And is behaviorism not a point of view that has lost much influence? This edition does not contain an article about "the behavioral sciences" (as did the 1968 edition). This is strange considering this very heavy concentration on that field. In this way this priority is not supported by arguments concerning the nature of the social sciences. By the way there is a very interesting article in this new (3rd) edition "Human sciences, History and sociology". This article explains how this concept is used as a new umbrella by a growing number of scientists who feel uncomfortable with the term "behavior" as the uniting concept. In a way this article confirms my skepticism about the concept of "behavioural sciences".
Some serious omissions are: There is no article on "concepts" in general. There are no articles about scientific concepts or about social science concepts and terminology. (The exception is one about children's understanding of scientific concepts, again an example of over domination of "behavioral" views). The field of information science is almost totally absent, except as a heading in the subject index. Bradford's law of scattering and Zipfs law are not mentioned at all. There are no articles on core concepts such as "information" (although "information theory" is represented), "relevance", "(scientific) documentation" etc.
There are a number of articles about core databases in different disciplines. None, however, about core databases in many other fields, including psychology and economics. This kind of asymmetry is common also in many other areas. There are many articles about new philosophical approaches to many fields, which I highly appreciate. But, for example, the fine article about "Sociology, epistemology of" does not have its counterpart in, for example, psychology.
The basic structure of this encyclopedia is based, among other things, on the disciplines of the social sciences. But how many exists, and which should be excluded. There are some important discussions of this in the Introduction just as there are very useful articles on the history etc of scientific disciplines and social science disciplines in particular. The introduction, the index and these article are not, however consistent, and my feeling is that the view of what constitute the disciplines of the social sciences is somewhat narrow and conservative.
These remarks should not bias my conclusion that this is a rich and useful source. There are extremely many articles. Each article is concise, informative and quickly read.
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I'll skip. If you don't, make sure it pays back for itself or you might be getting a bundle of cement shoes from someonr soon enough =P