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From Aristotelian to Reaganomics : a dictionary of eponyms with biographies in the social sciences /
Richard C.S. Trahair.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1994.
description
xii, 721 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0313279616 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1994.
isbn
0313279616 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
809975
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [693]-694) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-03:
This dictionary and sourcebook provides information about individuals whose names have been given to the language used by social scientists. Trahair (La Trobe Univ., Australia) has compiled almost 1,000 eponyms, from Abraham's Bosom to Zwinglian. Each entry includes a definition, the period when the term was used, the name of individuals whose names attach to the term, and a brief sketch of the lives involved. A list of sources follows each entry. The social sciences are broadly interpreted, with the entries classified in an appendix according to their relevance to the following fields: anthropology and archaeology; economics; education; gender and sexuality; human geography; journalism; language and linquistics; legal studies; management, administration, industry and business; philosophy and early social theory; politics and political science; popular culture and mass behavior; psychology and social psychology; religion; and sociology. Some toponyms--e.g., Dumbarton Oaks and the Potsdam Conference--are introduced representing the many eponymous events in the social sciences associated with the names of important places rather than people. This well-formatted and easy-to-read text will be helpful in ready-reference and is recommended for all public and academic libraries. M. A. Kascus; Central Connecticut State University
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'œThis well-formatted and easy-to-read text will be helpful in ready-reference and is recommended for all public and academic libraries.'' Choice
'œ...spans centuries of social science and touches important people, places, and events throughout the history of Western civilization. It is a useful purchase for academic libraries, especially those serving political science and upper-level sociology programs.'' Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
'œThe subtitle succinctly describes the nature of its almost 1,000 A-to-Z entries, while the title proper sets the dictionary's temporal boundaries. Makes a useful contribution to academic reference collections, even those not of Alexandrian or Bodleian scale and magnificence.'' Wilson Library Bulletin
'œIn addition to being useful as both a topical and biographical dictionary, Trahair's compendium is fun to browse. It is difficult to resist entries such as "Bondomania," "Guillotine," Montezuma's Revenge," "Pussyfoot," and "to bone up on." For libraries serving the social sciences, Trahair is more focused than the many general eponym dictionaries. It is also more current than existing dictionaries. This treasure trove is an essential purchase for academic libraries and should also be considered for public library collections.'' RUSQ
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This reference provides a detailed listing of eponyms in the social sciences, along with entries for some toponyms. The work includes terms from a broad range of social sciences, including anthropology, economics, education, history, political science, religious studies, and sociology. The entries are arranged alphabetically. Each begins with a brief definition of the term, followed by a discussion of the term's history and significance. The entry then provides biographical information for the person from whose name the entry was derived. A brief bibliography concludes each entry, and the dictionary closes with lists of entries arranged by category and a selected bibliography of works on eponyms.
Long Description
This reference provides a detailed listing of eponyms in the social sciences, along with entries for some toponyms. The work includes terms from a broad range of social sciences, including anthropology, economics, education, history, political science, religious studies, and sociology. The entries are arranged alphabetically. Each begins with a brief definition of the term, followed by a discussion of the terM&Apos;s history and significance. The entry then provides biographical information for the person from whose name the entry was derived. A brief bibliography concludes each entry, and the dictionary closes with lists of entries arranged by category and a selected bibliography of works on eponyms.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Eponyms in the Social Sciences
Appendix: Classification of Social Science Eponyms
Select Bibliography
Index
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