SAGE Publications is proud to announce this work, a major reference work that summarizes the many fascinating and important concepts of a global topic. Community itself is a concept, an experience, and a central part of being human. Whether the reader is a student, researcher, or professional in the field of psychology, sociology, or even economics, this three volume work will provide the necessary definitions of community beyond traditional views. Arranged in an A to Z fashion, the Encyclopedia can also be viewed topically via a Reader's Guide. This allows for interdisciplinary "compare and contrast" among topics such as types of communities, social capital, technology, urban life, politics and law, community design, and global studies. Edited by the award winning team at Berkshire Reference and assisted by an editorial board of world renowned scholars, this work will prove to be one of the most widely used reference works in your collection.
"Helpful features include a list of all sidebars, plus the repetition in each volume of a reader's guide and list of resources. The latter provides potential tools for students, while a 4,000-item master bibliography serves the advanced researcher. Interesting appendices include a list of popular novels, books, films television shows and songs featuring the theme of community, and a virtual action plan for using libraries for 'building community.' The result is a tool that will prove essential for the study of sociology for years to come."
--Lawrence Looks at Books, May 2004
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