About Elgar Advanced Introductions

Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences and law, authoritatively written by the world’s leading scholars.  Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

The aims of the series are two-fold; to pinpoint essential principles of a particular field, and to offer insights that stimulate critical thinking. By distilling the vast amount of information available on the subject area into a concise and meaningful form, the volumes serve as accessible introductions for undergraduate and graduate students coming to the subject for the first time. Importantly, they also develop well-informed, nuanced critiques of the field that will challenge and extend the understanding of advanced students, scholars and policy-makers.

Elgar Advanced Introductions will appeal to graduate students, advanced undergraduate students, policy-makers and non-specialist academics (though by crystallizing a field it is expected they will contribute to overall scholarly understanding).

Course instructors may request print or electronic inspection copies from the information page for each book.