Elgar Encyclopedias in Sociology serve as the definitive reference works within the field. The Encyclopedias present a comprehensive guide to a wide variety of subject areas within Sociology, and form an essential resource for academics, practitioners, and students alike. Each Encyclopedia is edited by one or more leading scholars, internationally recognised as preeminent names within the field. They each include an overarching collection of entries authored by key scholars, which collectively provide a concise and accessible coverage of the essential areas. Equally useful as reference tools or high-level introductions to specific topics, issues, methods and debates, these Encyclopedias make an invaluable contribution to Sociology.