Written by an international team of contributors, this encyclopedia offers a global perspective on key issues within the social sciences. It includes some 500 entries that cover a variety of enduring areas of study and research methods. It reviews theoretical debates from neo-evolutionism and rational choice theory to poststructuralism.
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