Wide-ranging and authoritative, this sociology dictionary is the most informative of its kind. Compiled by a team of experts, under the editorship of Gordon Marshall and John Scott, it contains over 2,500 entries. With terms taken from sociology and the related fields of psychology, economics, anthropology, philosophy, and political science, it provides widespread coverage of all aspects of sociology from adaptation to zero toleranceas well as biographies covering key figures, such as Gilles Deleuze and Erich Fromm. The jargon-free entries blend clear descriptions with in-depth analysis, and include many real-life examples, making even the most complicated topics easy to understand. This new edition has been revised to bring the dictionary completely up-to-date. Now boasting many entry-level web links, accessible via the regularly updated Dictionary of Sociology companion website, this volume offers more relevant and useful information than ever before, making it an invaluable introduction and a key reference work for students, teachers, and professionals in sociology and related fields.