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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. Southeast Asian Development

    Edited by Jonathan Rigg

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published October 10th 2007 by Routledge

  2. Food

    Edited by David Inglis, Debra Gimlin, Chris Thorpe

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published August 9th 2007 by Routledge

  3. Animals and Society

    Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    Edited by Rhoda Wilkie, David Inglis

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published November 30th 2006 by Routledge

  4. Leisure Studies

    Edited by Stephen J. Page, Joanne Connell

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published November 23rd 2006 by Routledge

  5. Rational Choice Theory (5 volume set)

    Edited by Michael Allingham

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published June 28th 2006 by Routledge

  6. Political Geography

    Edited by Kevin Cox

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published November 3rd 2005 by Routledge

  7. Sustainability

    Edited by Michael Redclift

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published September 22nd 2005 by Routledge

  8. Nature

    Edited by David Inglis, John Bone, Rhoda Wilkie

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    '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'?...

    Published May 19th 2005 by Routledge

  9. Cultural Geography

    Edited by Nigel Thrift, Sarah Whatmore

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published October 28th 2004 by Routledge

  10. Material Culture

    Edited by Victor Buchli

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    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...

    Published April 22nd 2004 by Routledge

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