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Big Ideas in Social Science

David Edmonds Nigel Warburton



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SAGE Publications Ltd
15 January 2016
Society & Social Sciences; Sociology
Are human beings less violent than before? Why do we adopt certain moral and political judgements? Why is the gap between rich and poor getting bigger? How do we decide which criminal policies are effective? What is the Population Challenge for the 21st Century? What is social science?

In Big Ideas in Social Science, David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton put these and more of our society's burning questions to 18 of the world's leading social scientists including Steven Pinker, Ann Oakley, Lawrence Sherman, Kate Pickett, Robert J. Shiller and Doreen Massey.

The result is a collection of thought-provoking discussions that span the fields of sociology, politics, economics, criminology, geography and many more.

From the people who brought us the Philosophy Bites series, Big Ideas in Social Science is a fascinating and accessible introduction to the key ideas and findings of the social sciences.

The interviews for this book are based on a series of podcasts, Social Science Bites, sponsored by SAGE. Social Science Bites was inspired by the popular Philosophy Bites podcast (, which was founded by David and Nigel in 2007 and has so far had 26 million downloads. Philosophy Bites has spawned three books, Philosophy Bites, Philosophy Bites Back and Philosophy Bites Again.
Edited by:   David Edmonds, Nigel Warburton
Imprint:   SAGE Publications Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   1
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   200g
ISBN:   9781473913806
ISBN 10:   1473913802
Pages:   184
Publication Date:   15 January 2016
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified
Foreword - David Edmonds & Nigel Warburton SECTION ONE: FIELDS OF ENQUIRY Rom Harre on What is Social Science - Rom Harre Toby Miller on Cultural Studies - Toby Miller Lawrence Sherman on Criminology - Lawrence Sherman Jonathan Haidt on Moral Psychology - Jonathan Haidt Robert J. Shiller on Behavioural Economics - Robert J. Shiller SECTION TWO: BIRTHS, DEATHS & HUMAN POPULATION Sarah Franklin on the Sociology of Reproductive Technology - Sarah Franklin Ann Oakley on Women's Experience of Childbirth - Ann Oakley Sarah Harper on the Population Challenge for the 21st Century - Sarah Harper Stephen Pinker on Violence and Human Nature - Stephen Pinker SECTION THREE: SOCIAL SCIENCE THROUGH DIFFERENT LENSES Greg Clark on Names - Greg Clark Robin Dunbar on Dunbar Numbers - Robin Dunbar David Goldblatt on the Sociology of Football - David Goldblatt Trevor Marchand on Craft - Trevor Marchand Bruce Hood on the Supernatural - Bruce Hood Doreen Massey on Space - Doreen Massey SECTION FOUR: POLITICS AND SOCIAL SCIENCE Craig Calhoun on Protest Movements - Craig Calhoun Danny Dorling on Inequality - Danny Dorling Kate Pickett on the Case for Equality - Kate Pickett

David Edmonds is an award-winning documentary maker for the BBC. He is the author or co-author (with John Eidinow) of several books, including Wittgenstein's Poker (short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award), Bobby Fischer Goes To War (long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize), and Rousseau's Dog. His most recent book is Would You Kill The Fat Man? He is a Senior Research Associate at Oxford University's Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.

Reviews for Big Ideas in Social Science

This useful book is packed with insights which will excite the curiosity of the general public, academics and new researchers... each chapter and the additional readings therein will undoubtedly energize readers interested in the subject of the chapter. The book provides multiple perspectives in showing how social science helps us understand how society operates and information to influence politicians to address societal issues. -- Mel D'Souza

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