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  • Musicology: The Key Concepts

    2nd Edition

    By David Beard, Kenneth Gloag

    Now in an updated 2nd edition, Musicology: The Key Concepts is a handy A-Z reference guide to the terms and concepts associated with contemporary musicology. Drawing on critical theory with a focus on new musicology, this updated edition contains over 35 new entries including: Autobiography…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21 
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  • Neoliberalism: The Key Concepts

    By Matthew Eagleton-Pierce

    Neoliberalism: The Key Concepts provides a critical guide to a vocabulary of terms that have become dominant over the past thirty years. The language of neoliberalism both expresses and helps to create a vision of political, economic and social life which some find appealing and others find…

    Paperback – 2015-09-30 
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  • Critical Theory: The Key Concepts

    By Dino Franco Felluga

    Critical Theory: The Key Concepts introduces over 300 widely-used terms, categories and ideas drawing upon well-established approaches like new historicism, postmodernism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, and narratology as well as many new critical theories of the last twenty years such as Actor-Network…

    Paperback – 2015-05-05
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  • Politics: The Key Concepts

    By Lisa Harrison, Adrian Little, Ed Lock

    Politics: The Key Concepts is an up-to-date and broad-ranging introduction to the terms that lie at the heart of political discourse. Entries are drawn from areas such as political theory, international politics, political science and methodology. As well as explaining core, established principles,…

    Paperback – 2015-01-16
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  • Fifty Hollywood Directors

    Edited by Suzanne Leonard, Yvonne Tasker

    Fifty Hollywood Directors introduces the most important, iconic and influential filmmakers who worked in Hollywood between the end of the silent period and the birth of the blockbuster. By exploring the historical, cultural and technological contexts in which each director was working, this book…

    Paperback – 2014-12-01
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  • Fifty Modern and Contemporary Dramatists

    Edited by Maggie B. Gale, John F. Deeney

    Fifty Modern and Contemporary and Dramatists is a critical introduction to the work of some of the most important and influential playwrights from the 1950s to the present day. The figures chosen are among the most widely studied by students of drama, theatre and literature and include such…

    Paperback – 2014-11-25
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  • Fifty Key Thinkers on History

    3rd Edition

    By Marnie Hughes-Warrington

    Fifty Key Thinkers on History is an essential guide to the most influential historians, theorists and philosophers of history. The entries offer comprehensive coverage of the long history of historiography ranging from ancient China, Greece and Rome, through the Middle Ages to the contemporary…

    Paperback – 2014-08-21
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  • Social and Cultural Anthropology: The Key Concepts

    3rd Edition

    By Nigel Rapport

    Social and Cultural Anthropology: the Key Concepts is an easy to use A-Z guide to the central concepts that students are likely to encounter in this field. Now fully updated, this third edition includes entries on: Material Culture Environment Human Rights Hybridity Alterity Cosmopolitanism…

    Paperback – 2014-07-15
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  • International Relations: The Key Concepts

    3rd Edition

    By Steven C. Roach, Martin Griffiths, Terry O'Callaghan

    ‘To attempt such a difficult task requires ambition, confidence and skill. All three qualities are evident in this impressive reference book. It deserves a prominent place in all International Relations libraries’. Dr Scott Burchill, In Australian Journal of Political Science, 43:4, 747 — 766. &…

    Paperback – 2013-12-05
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  • Fifty Major Economists

    3rd Edition

    By Steven Pressman

    An introduction to the life, work and ideas of the people who have shaped the economic landscape from the sixteenth century to the present day. Now in a third edition, it considers how major economists might have viewed challenges such as the continuing economic slump, high unemployment and the…

    Paperback – 2013-08-16
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  • Post-Colonial Studies: The Key Concepts

    3rd Edition

    By Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, Helen Tiffin

    This hugely popular A-Z guide provides a comprehensive overview of the issues which characterize post-colonialism: explaining what it is, where it is encountered and the crucial part it plays in debates about race, gender, politics, language and identity. For this third edition over thirty new…

    Paperback – 2013-06-27
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  • Fifty Key Postmodern Thinkers

    By Stuart Sim

    Postmodernism is an important part of the cultural landscape which continues to evolve, yet the ideas and theories surrounding the subject can be diverse and difficult to understand. Fifty Postmodern Thinkers critically examines the work of fifty of the most important theorists within the…

    Paperback – 2013-05-13
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  • Fifty Key Writers on Photography

    Edited by Mark Durden

    A clear and concise survey of some of the most significant writers on photography who have played a major part in defining and influencing our understanding of the medium. It provides a succinct overview of writing on photography from a diverse range of disciplines and perspectives and…

    Paperback – 2012-12-18
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  • Race and Ethnicity: The Key Concepts

    By Amy Ansell

    Situating the study of race and ethnicity within its historical and intellectual context, this much needed guide exposes students to the broad diversity of scholarship within the field. It provides a clear and succinct explanation of more than 70 key terms, their conceptual evolution over time, and…

    Paperback – 2012-12-17
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  • Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts

    4th Edition

    By Susan Hayward

    Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts is an essential guide for anyone interested in film. Providing accessible coverage of a comprehensive range of genres, movements, theories and production terms, this is a must-have guide to a fascinating area of study and arguably the greatest art form of modern…

    Paperback – 2012-12-17
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  • Fifty Key Thinkers on Globalization

    By William Coleman, Alina Sajed

    Fifty Key Thinkers on Globalization is an outstanding guide to often-encountered thinkers whose ideas have shaped, defined and influenced this new and rapidly growing field. The authors clearly and lucidly survey the life, work and impact of fifty of the most important theorists of…

    Paperback – 2012-11-26
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  • Gender: The Key Concepts

    Edited by Mary Evans, Carolyn Williams

    This invaluable volume provides an overview of 37 terms, theories and concepts frequently used in gender studies which those studying the subject can find difficult to grasp. Each entry provides a critical definition of the concept, examining the background to the idea, its usage and the major…

    Paperback – 2012-10-31
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  • Bible and Cinema: Fifty Key Films

    Edited by Adele Reinhartz

    Movies which have drawn inspiration from the Bible, either directly or indirectly, have been extremely popular since the earliest days of cinema. Bible and Cinema: Fifty Key Films introduces a wide range of those movies, which are among the most important, critically-acclaimed and highest-grossing…

    Paperback – 2012-10-29
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  • Research Methods: The Key Concepts

    By Michael Hammond, Jerry Wellington

    This invaluable resource provides a comprehensive overview of the many methods and methodologies of social research. Each entry provides a critical definition and examines the value and difficulties of a particular method or methodology of concept across different fields of social research.…

    Paperback – 2012-08-17
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  • Tourism: The Key Concepts

    Edited by Peter Robinson

    Tourism: The Key Concepts offers a comprehensive collection of the most frequently used and studied concepts in the subject of tourism. Within the text key terms, concepts, typologies and frameworks are examined in the context of the broader social sciences, blending together theory and practice to…

    Paperback – 2012-07-30
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  • Fifty Key Texts in Art History

    Edited by Diana Newall, Grant Pooke

    Fifty Key Texts in Art History is an anthology of critical commentaries selected from the classical period to the late modern. It explores some of the central and emerging themes, issues and debates within Art History as an increasingly expansive and globalised discipline. It features an…

    Paperback – 2012-02-13
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  • Popular Music Culture: The Key Concepts

    3rd Edition

    By Roy Shuker

    Now in an updated 3rd edition this popular A-Z student handbook provides a comprehensive survey of key ideas and concepts in popular music culture. With new and expanded entries on genres and sub-genres the text comprehensively examines the social and cultural aspects of popular music, taking into…

    Paperback – 2011-11-30
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  • Fifty Key Thinkers on Religion

    By Gary Kessler

    Fifty Key Thinkers on Religion is an accessible guide to the most important and widely studied theorists on religion of the last 300 years. Arranged chronologically, the book explores the lives, works and ideas of key writers across a truly interdisciplinary range, from sociologists to…

    Paperback – 2011-07-20
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  • Fifty Key Thinkers on Language and Linguistics

    By Margaret Thomas

    What was the first language, and where did it come from? Do all languages have properties in common? What is the relationship of language to thought? Fifty Key Thinkers on Language and Linguistics explores how fifty of the most influential figures in the field have asked and have responded to…

    Paperback – 2011-06-01
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  • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies

    The Key Concepts, 4th Edition

    By John Hartley

    This fourth edition of Communication, Cultural and Media Studies: The Key Concepts is an indispensible guide to the most important terms in the field. It offers clear explanations of the key concepts, exploring their origins, what they’re used for and why they provoke discussion. The author…

    Paperback – 2011-06-01
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  • Fifty Key Works of History and Historiography

    By Kenneth R. Stunkel

    Fifty Key Works of History and Historiography introduces some of the most important works ever written by those who have sought to understand, capture, query and interpret the past. The works covered include texts from ancient times to the present day and from different cultural traditions ensuring…

    Paperback – 2011-05-24
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  • Fifty Contemporary Choreographers

    2nd Edition

    Edited by Martha Bremser, Lorna Sanders

    A unique and authoritative guide to the lives and work of prominent living contemporary choreographers. Representing a wide range of dance genres, each entry locates the individual in the context of modern dance theatre and explores their impact. Those studied include: Jerome Bel Richard Alston…

    Paperback – 2011-03-11
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  • Metaphysics: The Key Concepts

    By Nikk Effingham, Helen Beebee, Philip Goff

    ‘Informative, accessible, and fun to read— this is an excellent reference guide for undergraduates and anyone wanting an introduction to the fundamental issues of metaphysics. I know of no other resource like it.’– Meghan Griffith, Davidson College, USA 'Marvellous! This book provides the very best…

    Paperback – 2010-11-25
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  • Fifty Key Anthropologists

    Edited by Robert J. Gordon, Harriet Lyons, Andrew Lyons

    Fifty Key Anthropologists surveys the life and work of some of the most influential figures in anthropology. The entries, written by an international range of expert contributors, represent the diversity of thought within the subject, incorporating both classic theorists and more recent…

    Paperback – 2010-11-12
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  • Social Movements: The Key Concepts

    By Graeme Chesters, Ian Welsh

    Social Movements: The Key Concepts provides an insightful, contemporary introduction to some of the frequently encountered terms and groups that are central to the study of collective action and social and political activism. Following an A-Z format, the entries defined and discussed are drawn from…

    Paperback – 2010-09-29
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  • Human Resource Management: The Key Concepts

    By Chris Rowley, Keith Jackson

    @text:A concise, jargon-free guide that covers the main practices and theories that constitute human resource management (HRM). The entries, defined and discussed by a range of international contributors, are drawn from following areas: Employee resourcing The management of employee rewards…

    Paperback – 2010-09-29
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  • Religious Studies: The Key Concepts

    By Carl Olson

    Religious Studies: The Key Concepts is an accessible, A-Z resource, defining and explaining key terms and ideas central to the study of religion. Exploring broad and recurring themes which are applicable in both eastern and western religions, cross-cultural examples are provided for each term to…

    Paperback – 2010-09-15
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  • Fifty Contemporary Film Directors

    2nd Edition

    Edited by Yvonne Tasker

    Fifty Contemporary Film Directors examines the work of some of today’s most popular and influential cinematic figures. It provides an accessible overview of each director’s contribution to cinema, incorporating a discussion of their career, major works and impact. Revised throughout and with twelve…

    Paperback – 2010-08-27
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  • Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide

    By Paul R. Bartrop, Steven L. Jacobs

    This unique volume critically discusses the works of fifty of the most influential scholars involved in the study of the Holocaust and genocide. Studying each scholar’s background and influences, the authors examine the ways in which their major works have been received by critics and supporters,…

    Paperback – 2010-08-20
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  • Fifty Key Thinkers in Criminology

    Edited by Keith Hayward, Shadd Maruna, Jayne Mooney

    Fifty Key Thinkers in Criminology brings the history of criminological thought alive through a collection of fascinating life stories. The book covers a range of historical and contemporary thinkers from around the world, offering a stimulating combination of biographical fact with historical and…

    Paperback – 2009-11-27
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  • Music Business: The Key Concepts

    By Richard Strasser

    Music Business: The Key Concepts is a comprehensive guide to the terminology commonly used in the music business today. It embraces definitions from a number of relevant fields, including: general business marketing e-commerce intellectual property law economics entrepreneurship In…

    Paperback – 2009-08-27
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  • Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction

    Edited by Mark Bould, Andrew Butler, Adam Roberts, Sherryl Vint

    Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction is a collection of engaging essays on some of the most significant figures who have shaped and defined the genre. Diverse groups within the science fiction community are represented, from novelists and film makers to comic book and television writers. Important…

    Paperback – 2009-07-29
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  • Physical Geography: The Key Concepts

    By Richard John Huggett

    Physical Geography: The Key Concepts is a thought-provoking and up-to-date introduction to the central ideas and debates within the field. It provides extended definitions of terms that are fundamental to physical geography and its many branches, covering topics such as: biogeography ecology…

    Paperback – 2009-06-26
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  • Nietzsche: The Key Concepts

    By Peter R. Sedgwick

    Nietzsche: The Key Concepts is a comprehensive guide to one of the most widely-studied and influential philosophers of the nineteenth century. This invaluable resource helps navigate the often challenging and controversial thought outlined in Nietzsche’s seminal texts. Fully cross-referenced…

    Paperback – 2009-05-26
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  • Special Educational Needs: The Key Concepts

    By Philip Garner

    Exploring the complex issues that surround special educational needs (SEN) both in and out of the classroom, this reader-friendly text considers the impacts that these issues have upon the child, the parent, the teacher, and the school as a whole. Fully cross-referenced and including suggestions…

    Paperback – 2009-05-18
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  • Fifty Key American Films

    Edited by John White, Sabine Haenni

    Fifty Key American Films explores and contextualises some of the most important films ever made in the United States. With case studies from the early years of cinema to the present day, this comprehensive Key Guide provides accessible analyses from a range of theoretical perspectives. This…

    Paperback – 2009-03-12
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  • Fifty Key Thinkers in International Relations

    2nd Edition

    By Martin Griffiths, Steven C. Roach, M. Scott Solomon

    Now in its second edition, Fifty Key Thinkers in International Relations has been thoroughly updated with several new entries and a new preface to reflect the latest developments. There are new sections on Constructivism, International Political Theory, and English School, as well as a range of new…

    Paperback – 2008-11-27
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  • Psychology: The Key Concepts

    By Graham Richards

    Psychology: The Key Concepts is a comprehensive overview of 200 concepts central to a solid understanding of Psychology and includes the latest recommendations from the British Psychology Society (BPS). The focus is on practical uses of Psychology in settings such as nursing, education and human…

    Paperback – 2008-08-01
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  • Criminology: The Key Concepts

    By Martin O'Brien, Majid Yar

    Criminology: The Key Concepts is an authoritative and comprehensive study guide and reference resource that will take you through all the concepts, approaches, issues and institutions central to the study of crime in contemporary society. Topics covered in this easy to use A-Z guide include:…

    Paperback – 2008-06-23
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  • Philosophy of Education: The Key Concepts

    2nd Edition

    By John Gingell, Christopher Winch

    This new edition of Philosophy of Education: The Key Concepts is an easy to use A-Z guide summarizing all the key terms, ideas and issues central to the study of educational theory today. Fully updated, the book is cross-referenced throughout and contains pointers to further reading, as well as new…

    Paperback – 2008-05-29
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  • Sport and Exercise Psychology: The Key Concepts

    2nd Edition

    By Ellis Cashmore

    Now including exercise psychology terms for the first time in its second edition, Sport and Exercise Psychology: The Key Concepts offers a highly accessible introduction to this fascinating subject, its central theories and state-of-the-art research. Over 300 alphabetically-ordered entries…

    Paperback – 2008-05-23
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  • Fifty Key British Films

    Edited by Sarah Barrow, John White

    In Fifty Key British Films, Britain's best known films such as Clockwork Orange, The Full Monty and Goldfinger are scrutinised for their outstanding ability to articulate the issues of the time. This is essential reading for anyone interested in quality, cult film. …

    Paperback – 2008-03-10
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  • Leadership: The Key Concepts

    Edited by Antonio Marturano, Jonathan Gosling

    This is an indispensable and authoritative guide to the most crucial ideas, concepts and debates surrounding the study and exercise of leadership. Bringing together entries written by a wide range of international experts, this is an essential desktop resource for managers and leaders in all kinds…

    Paperback – 2007-11-26
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  • Fifty Key Thinkers on History

    2nd Edition

    By Marnie Hughes-Warrington

    Edited by Marnie Hughes-Warrington

    Fifty Key Thinkers on History is a superb guide to historiography through the ages. The cross-section of debates and thinkers covered is unique in its breadth, taking in figures from ancient China, Greece and Rome, through the Middle Ages, to contemporary Europe, America, Africa and Australia; from…

    Paperback – 2007-10-31
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  • Design: The Key Concepts

    By Catherine McDermott

    This is the essential student’s guide to Design – its practice, its theory and its history. Drawing from a wide range of international examples, respected design writer Catherine McDermott explores key topics including: international design – from Europe to Africa design history – from…

    Paperback – 2007-10-31
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