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Encyclopedia of Community : From the Village to the Virtual
SAGE Publications; 1 edition (June 23, 2003) | ISBN: 0761925988 | 2000 pages | PDF | 18,2 MB
Subject encyclopedias generally cover a well-defined academic area, historical period, or topic. The Encyclopedia of Community focuses on the hard-to-define concept of community and works to explore and position that concept within many disciplines and contexts. Entries such as Apartheid, Blogs, County fairs, Eugenics, Gangs, Shtetls, Social Darwinism, and Third places display the wide scope that the editors and contributors give to the notion of community.
Experienced reference book editors Christensen and Levinson (Encyclopedia of Modern Asia [Scribner, 2002] and Encyclopedia of World Sport [Oxford, 1999], among others) have assembled an international group of scholars to produce a set containing 500 signed entries, arranged in alphabetical order, with bibliographies and cross-references where appropriate. Some 266 of the entries are supplemented with sidebars that contain additional information, much of which comes from primary sources. An example is Emma Goldman's address to the jury during her trial as a sidebar to the entry Anarchism. The encyclopedia opens with lists of entries, sidebars, and contributors. A "Reader's Guide" groups the entries into 20 general categories, offering a thematic alternative to the alphabetical arrangement.