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Also available on the Blackwell Reference Online platform is a major new reference work – the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. This ground-breaking project brings together 1800 specially commissioned entries written and edited by an international team of the world's best scholars and teachers. Publishing simultaneously in print and online, BEOS contains:

  • Clear, concise, expert definitions and explanations of the key concepts
  • Entries ranging from short definitions of key terms to extended explorations of major topics
  • Both classical sociology and contemporary developments in the field
  • Introductions to sociological theories and research that have developed outside of the United States and Western Europe

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