Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

The Critical Concepts in Social Sciences series encompasses a wide area of study and consequently the series includes titles on a number of popular subject areas, including human geography, leisure, tourism and economics. Risk is a new publication within this series and a suitable apt title for the times we live in. Examining potential hazards, such as hurricanes, earthquakes and oil spills, the collection looks to uncover how we may better understand Risk Analysis.

The social sciences is a large area of study that is growing in interest and research output. Collections in this series look to collate the best of the available scholarship and are edited and introduced by leading academics in the field.

  • Risk

    Edited by Ragnar Lofstedt, Frederic Bouder

    Can we better predict or mitigate the consequences of natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes? Can we reduce the number of oil spills? And what should be done to clean up the mess when something does goes wrong? Why are people concerned about nuclear plants, but so reckless when they…

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  • Population Studies

    Edited by Edith Gray, Zhongwei Zhao

    Demography is the scientific study of human populations. Classical demography has at its core three processes: fertility, migration, and mortality. To be human is to be part of the demographic process, so contemporary studies of population focus not only on the implications of population size and…

    Hardback – 2012-11-22
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  • Science and Technology Studies

    Edited by Michael Lynch

    Science and Technology Studies has attained a strong international profile in recent decades. Science Studies incorporates work in the History and Philosophy of Science, but emphasizes the social, cultural, and political implications of developments in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering…

    Hardback – 2011-12-14
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  • Political Economy

    Edited by Norman Schofield, Dino Falaschetti, Andrew R. Rutten

    Until about two hundred years ago, almost everyone faced the prospect of a life that was poor, nasty, brutish, and short, with few if any prospects for betterment. For example, in today’s money, annual average per-capita income during the first millennium was constant at about $500. And most of the…

    Hardback – 2011-05-24
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  • Social Capital

    Edited by Nan Lin

    ‘Social capital’ is a major conceptual and theoretical idea that has received in the last three decades much attention across many social-science disciplines. In this relatively short period, it has developed into a major research paradigm guiding voluminous research conducted in North America,…

    Hardback – 2010-09-07
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  • Cosmopolitanism

    Edited by David Inglis, Gerard Delanty

    A term of antique provenance, ‘cosmopolitanism’ has developed and cohered into a critical concept in contemporary social and cultural analysis. However, the daunting quantity (and variable quality) of the available research exploring the many, often controversial, issues attendant upon…

    Hardback – 2010-08-03
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  • Migration

    Edited by Steven Vertovec

    Nowadays, migration seems never far from the top of the political agenda. Whether as a consequence of civil and ethnic unrest, or as one response to the widening gulf between the wealthy and poor zones of the world, international population movement for sanctuary or settlement has become as…

    Hardback – 2009-11-23
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  • Art and Aesthetics

    Edited by Marta Herrero, David Inglis

    Under what social conditions do particular sorts of arts and aesthetics arise and flourish, and under what conditions do they decline and disappear? What types of artistic and aesthetic practices exist outside of museums, galleries, and other high-cultural institutions? In what ways are social…

    Hardback – 2008-11-24
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  • Sustainable Tourism

    Edited by Stephen J. Page, Joanne Connell

    Edited by two leading scholars in the field, this new title in the Routledge Major Works series, Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences, is a four-volume collection of canonical and cutting-edge research in sustainable tourism. The origins of sustainable tourism as a topic of serious academic…

    Hardback – 2007-12-23
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  • Economic Geography

    Edited by Ronald L. Martin, Peter Sunley

    Economic geography has long been a key branch of human geography as a whole, but in recent years the subject has undergone considerable theoretical, empirical and public growth. It has become a highly vibrant sphere of academic enquiry amongst the social sciences, and an increasingly prominent…

    Hardback – 2007-10-30
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  • Southeast Asian Development

    Edited by Jonathan Rigg

    The eleven countries that make up the Southeast Asian region provide a rich and diverse context in which to view the development process and experience. The region spans different cultural contexts, colonial experiences, and economic experiments, and is home to some of the world’s most successful…

    Hardback – 2007-10-09
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  • Food

    Edited by David Inglis, Debra Gimlin, Chris Thorpe

    In the last five years or so, there has been a huge explosion of scholarly work on the history of food and, likewise, pressing problems such as food scares and genetic modification, as well as anorexia and obesity, have become increasingly present in the public consciousness. Drawing on a wide…

    Hardback – 2007-08-08
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  • Animals and Society

    Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    Edited by Rhoda Wilkie, David Inglis

    Animals are crucial to the functioning of any society: they provide humans with food, labour, raw materials, modes of transport, companionship, scientific knowledge through observation and experimentation, and forms of leisure and entertainment. Given both the wide variety of ways in which animals…

    Hardback – 2006-11-29
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  • Leisure Studies

    Edited by Stephen J. Page, Joanne Connell

    Edited by two leading scholars in the field, Leisure Studies is a new title in the Routledge Major Works series, Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences. It is a four-volume collection of canonical and cutting-edge research in Leisure Studies. The origin of Leisure Studies is comparatively recent…

    Hardback – 2006-11-22
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  • Rational Choice Theory (5 volume set)

    Edited by Michael Allingham

    Although the roots of rational choice theory can be found in Aristotle, the more explicit treatment of the subject originates in the middle of the twentieth century. Building on these foundations, this collection brings together the most important contributions to the diverse literature on rational…

    Hardback – 2006-06-27
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  • Political Geography

    Edited by Kevin Cox

    Political geography concerns small-scale intrastate, regional and individual activities, as well as large far-reaching processes of global or international relationships. The field has developed from late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century concerns with geopolitics - the relationships between…

    Hardback – 2005-11-02
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  • Sustainability

    Edited by Michael Redclift

    The notion of ‘sustainability’ has been growing in importance over the last twenty years, and is now considered a significant area of study. This four-volume set introduces the reader to ‘sustainability’ as a concept, a contested idea, and a political goal. Bringing together a range of articles…

    Hardback – 2005-09-21
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  • Nature

    Edited by David Inglis, John Bone, Rhoda Wilkie

    'Nature' is perhaps the most contested term in the social sciences. It has a huge variety of possible meanings, and an equally great number of implications as to what human life actually is and how it should be studied. Questions frequently raised include: What is 'nature'? What is 'human nature'?…

    Hardback – 2005-05-18
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  • Cultural Geography

    Edited by Nigel Thrift, Sarah Whatmore

    Cultural Geography is one of the most vibrant areas of geographical research, encompassing a wide range of issues including the study of space, place and time in culture, as well as the analysis of cultural elements such as artefacts, tools, techniques, attitudes, customs, languages and religious…

    Hardback – 2004-10-27
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  • Material Culture

    Edited by Victor Buchli

    Material culture is the study of material products of human manufacturing processes, or 'the history of things'. Since material culture studies re-emerged within Anglo-American archaeology and anthropology in the late 1960s, this field of study has spread to a variety of other disciplines including…

    Hardback – 2004-04-21
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  • Tourism

    Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    Edited by Stephen Williams

    Examining exactly what social scientists mean by the term tourism, and what it means to be a tourist, this collection charts the sociological changes that have occurred in tourism, as well as the shift from the upper-class ‘grand tours’ of the late nineteenth-century to the mass tourism of the…

    Hardback – 2003-10-22
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  • The City

    Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    Edited by Michael Pacione

    This anthology synthesises a wealth of published research to provide students of the city with a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the key concepts and themes in contemporary urban studies.This collection comprises over 130 seminal readings accompanied by embedded references to guide…

    Hardback – 2001-10-24
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  • Consumption

    Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    Edited by Daniel Miller

    These volumes comprise the most extensive guide to past and current research on the topic of consumption ever created. Ranging from the classic discussions of a century and more ago to the latest evidence for the diversity of consumption as it is actually practiced, this set is an essential…

    Hardback – 2001-06-13
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  • Game Theory

    Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    Edited by Yanis Varoufakis

    Game theory is rapidly becoming one of the cornerstones of the social sciences. The articles gathered here chart the intellectual history of game theory from its place in the Enlightenment tradition, through the explosion of literature in the late 1970s, to issues of current and emerging debates.…

    Hardback – 2001-03-28
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  • Development

    Edited by Stuart Corbridge

    In this fascinating six volume set, Stuart Corbridge brings together more than one hundred articles dealing with the discipline of development in all its diversity. Key topics include the transformation of peasant economies, argibusiness, rural-urban relations, markets, industrialization, workers,…

    Hardback – 1999-12-08
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