Concise Encyclopedia of Comparative Sociology

The Concise Encyclopedia of Comparative Sociology presents the current state of knowledge in comparative sociology for students, scholars, and the educated lay public. The major aim of comparative sociological research is to identify similarities and differences among societies, studying variation across both geographical regions and historical periods. This volume is divided into six broad categories: Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Comparing Societies, Comparative Historical Sociology, Comparing Institutions and Social Structures, Comparing Social Processes, Comparing Nation States and World Regions, and Biographies of Exemplary Comparative Sociologists. Nearly 60 essays written by distinguished experts in their fields focus on the first five categories, while the biographical section contains forty biographies of both classical and contemporary sociologists who have made major contributions to comparative sociology.

Contributors include: David Baker, Wenda Bauchspies, Hans-Peter Blossfield, Harriet Bradley, Sandra Buchholz, Miguel Centeno, Karen Cerulo, Brett Clark, Amy Corming, William D'Antonio, Mario Diani, Mattei Dogan, Riley Dunlap, Shmuel Eisenstadt, Mike Featherstone, Claude Fischer, Joshua Fishman, William Gamson, Julian Go, Jack Goldstone, Ralph Grillo, John Hall, Steve Hall, Robert Heiner, Joseph Hermanowicz, Margret Hornsteiner, David Johnson, Andrew Jorgenson, Jack Levy, Robert Marsh, Bill McCarthy, David Johnson, James Midgley, Peter Mohler, Linda Molm, Benjamin Moodie, Victor Nee, Anthony Orum, William Outhwaite, Anthony Pogorelc, Harland Prechel, Danielle Resnick, Glenn Robinson, Luis Roniger, Thomas Saalfeld, Stephen Sanderson, Michelle Sandhoff, Masamichi Sasaki, Saskia Sassen, Andrew Savchenko, Harald Schoen, Howard Schuman, David Segal, Michael Siemon, Tom Smith, Joonmo Son, Hendrik Spruyt, Robert Stebbins, George Steinmetz, Piotr Sztompka, Henry Teune, Arland Thornton, Kathleen Tierney, Jonathan Turner, Nicholas van de Walle, Henk Vinken, Veljko Vujačić, Erich Weede, Michel Wieviorka, Ekkart Zimmermann.

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Masamichi Sasaki, Ph.D.(1980), Sociology, Princeton University, is Professor of Sociology at Chuo University, Tokyo; Past President of International Institute of Sociology 1997-2001; Founding Editor of Comparative Sociology. His recent publications are (ed.) New Frontiers in Comparative Sociology (Brill, 2009) and Trust: Comparative Perspectives edited with Robert Marsh (Brill, 2012).

Jack A. Goldstone, PhD (1981), is Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, Senior Research Fellow at RANEPA, Moscow, and the author of Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World (UC Press, 1993) and many other works of comparative history.

Ekkart Zimmermann, doctorate (1975), University of Cologne, Professor of Macrosociology from 1993-2011 at Dresden University of Technology. He has published widely in conflict research, including Political Violence, Crises, and Revolutions (Routledge, 2011). Being retired he now teaches at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen.

Stephen K. Sanderson is Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. He specializes in sociological theory, comparative sociology, and evolution and human behavior. He has published 12 books in 18 editions and approximately 60 articles.
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1. Comparing Societies around the world, Henry Teune
2. Comparing Societies across scales and varying units, Mattei Dogan
3. Comparing Societies: Qualitative Methods, Julian Go
4. Comparing Societies: Quantitative Methods, Peter Mohler

1. Ancient Civilizations, S.N. Eisenstadt
2. Empires, imperial states, and colonial societies, George Steinmetz
3. Modern Societies, John A. Hall
4. Post-Modern Cultures: The Diverse Use of Digital Formations, Saskia Sassen

1. Population Structures, Arland Thornton
2. Social Class/Stratification/Mobility, Sandra Buchholz and Hans-Peter Blossfeld
3. State Structures, Victor Nee
4. Parties and Party Systems, Thomas Saalfeld and Margret Hornsteiner
5. Economic Systems Andrew Savchenko
6. Multi-Ethnic Societies, Ralph Grillo
7. Religion, William D’Antonio and Anthony J. Pogorelc
8. Corporations and Commerce, Harland Prechel
9. The Metropolis, Anthony Orum
10. Voluntary Organizations and Civil Society, Joonmo Son
11. Family Systems, Stephen Sanderson
12. Gender and Society, Harriet Bradley
13. Professions, Joseph Hermanowicz and David R. Johnson
14. Social Welfare Systems, James Midgley
15. Language, Joshua Fishman
16. Education, David Baker
17. Mass Media, Willam Gampson
18. Mass Culture, Mike Featherstone
19. Military Organization, Michelle Sandhoff and David Segal
20. Social Organization of Science and Technology, W. K. Bauchspies
21. Cross-national Public Opinion, Tom Smith

1. Economic Growth and Development, Erich Weede
2. Emergence of Nation-States, Hendrik Spruyt
3. Development of Nationalism and Citizenship, Veljiko Vujacic
4. Modernization and Globalization, Robert Marsh
5. Democratization, Luis Roniger
6. Political Socialization and Values, Henk Vinken
7. Voting Behaviour and Public Opinion, Harald Schoen
8. Communication in the Internet Age, Karen A. Cerulo
9. Demographic Change and Migration, Jack Goldstone
10. Crime, Imprisonment, and Social Control, Bill McCarthy
11. Social Problems, Robert Heiner
12. Social Deviance, Stephen Hall
13. Social Movements and Collective Behavior, Mario Diani
14. Terrorism, Michel Wieviorka
15. Harzards and Disasters Kathleen Jane Tierney
16. Internal War and Revolution, Ekkart Zimmermann
17. International War, Jack Levy
18. Ecology and Environment, Riley Dunlap and Andrew Jorgenson
19. Leisure and Consumption, Robert Stebbins
20. Small Groups, Social Networks, and Social Interaction, Linda Molm
21. Emotions and Emotional Life, Jonathan Turner
22. Trust, Piotr Sztompka
23. Collective Memory, Howard Schuman and Amy Corning

1. The Asian World: South, Central, and East Asia, Masamichi Sasaki
2. Europe: the EU and the Non-EU states, former Western and Eastern Europe, William Outhwaite
3. American Society, Claude Fischer and Benjamin Moodie
4. Societies of Latin America, Miguel Centeno
5. Societies of the Middle East, Glenn Robinson
6. Societies of Sub-Saharan Africa, Nicholas van de Walle and Danielle Resnick


The most likely users of this encyclopedia are undergraduate and graduate students at early stages of inquiry, persons in other fields who desire an introduction to topics in comparative sociology, and the educated lay public.
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