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“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. It includes 1,800 definitions and explanations of the key concepts in sociology, with expanded essays on major topics within the field and a time line of over 600 key events in sociological history.”
Library Journal

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

"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

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Information World Review

"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

"As a product aimed at students, lecturers, and researchers, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online provides both the depth and breadth required to meet a variety of individual needs. With its multiannual updates and added entries, the editor has created a resource of continued relevancy in a field with an important mission of exploring current social issues as well as providing historical context"
Charleston Review

"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

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