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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.

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1-10 of 25 results in Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences
  1. Risk

    Edited by Ragnar Lofstedt, Frederic Bouder

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published June 25th 2013 by Routledge

  2. Population Studies

    Edited by Edith Gray, Zhongwei Zhao

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published November 23rd 2012 by Routledge

  3. Science and Technology Studies

    Edited by Michael Lynch

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published December 15th 2011 by Routledge

  4. Political Economy

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

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published May 25th 2011 by Routledge

  5. Social Capital

    Edited by Nan Lin

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    ‘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,...

    Published September 8th 2010 by Routledge

  6. Cosmopolitanism

    Edited by David Inglis, Gerard Delanty

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published August 4th 2010 by Routledge

  7. Migration

    Edited by Steven Vertovec

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published November 24th 2009 by Routledge

  8. Art and Aesthetics

    Edited by Marta Herrero, David Inglis

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published November 25th 2008 by Routledge

  9. Sustainable Tourism

    Edited by Stephen J. Page, Joanne Connell

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published December 24th 2007 by Routledge

  10. Economic Geography

    Edited by Ronald L. Martin, Peter Sunley

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published October 31st 2007 by Routledge

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