Encyclopedia of Social MeasurementEditor-in-Chief:
- Kimberly Kempf-Leonard
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"Written by experienced methodologists in various fields of the social sciences, the 356 alphabetically arranged, signed entries in this encyclopedia describe the "research questions social scientists ask, the sources and methods they use to collect information, and the techniques they use to analyze these data and provide answers to the important questions." The work covers both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the social sciences and social measurement. To aid the reader, an alphabetical list of entries and a table of contents organized by subject precede the text. Articles on such topics as sample design and Web-based surveys consist of a glossary, a defining statement, the main body of the article, a list of cross-references, and a bibliography. An extensive subject index completes the work. The present work and
The Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods," Ed. by M.S. Lewis-Beck et al. (CH, Sep '04, 42-0062), complement one another; Sagecovers about 1,000 topics at varying length and ESM provides analysis in greater depth on a smaller number of subjects. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and professionals." -CHOICE "Most social science disciplines â Sociology, Psychology, Population, etc. â have seen the publication of a multi-volume encyclopedia in recent years. The Encyclopedia of Social Measurement cuts across these disciplines with a creative and comprehensive organizing structure. Its authoritative entries range from big picture topics such as research design and experimental vs. non-experimental methods, to specific methods of data collection and analysis such as focus groups, structural equation models, and spatial statistics, to important but often overlooked issues such as the proper use of weights. There are fascinating applications to archeology, criminology, and many other substantive specializations, and biographies of leading figures in the history of these methods. Each entry has a table of contents, glossary and bibliography. This encyclopedia will be a very helpful resource for virtually any social scientist, but it is also a fascinating read and hard to put down!" -Thomas Pullum University of Texas at Austin "With entries on research applications in fields from anthropology to urban studies, on key figures in the history of social measurement, and on major data sources, the Encyclopedia of Social Measurement will be highly valued by general readers, beginning social science researchers, and experienced practitioners alike. Authors offer expert yet accessible coverage of contemporary practices in key phases of social research starting with research design and ranging through measurement and data collection to both basic and sophisticated data analysis. With broad interdisciplinary appeal, the Encyclopedia is an essential compendium on twenty-first century social science inquiry." -Peter Marsden Harvard University "A huge effort to present social measurement in all its depth and width. Highly recommended for every researcher in the social and behavioral sciences. A must for libraries. The editors and authors have done an outstanding job to make technical matters accessible to the substantive researcher." -Ingwer Borg Scientific Director ZUMA (Center for Surveys, Methodology, and Analyses), Mannheim, Germany and Professor of Applied Psychological Methods, University of Giessen, Germany "The Encyclopedia of Social Measurement is a highly valuable resource. It covers a wide range of related topics in depth. If you have any question about social measurement, you should consult it first." -Yu Xie The University of Michigan "This is an encyclopedia for methodologists by methodologists. The articles are clearly written and get you right into the key literature. The breadth of coverage is impressive, with articles from colleagues in all the social and behavioral sciences." -H. Russell Bernard University of Florida "In too many areas of the social sciences, measurement issues are neglected. Instead the emphasis is on relating readily available variables to each other while pretending that these variables are essentially infallible measures of our concepts. This illusion holds back scientific progress. The Encyclopedia of Social Measurement is a welcomed publication that brings renewed emphasis to the critical issues of measurement. It provides different disciplinary perspectives on measurement and modeling with entries that are informative and accessible. Social scientists of diverse backgrounds should find this a useful reference." -Kenneth A. Bollen University of North Carolina "The Encyclopedia of Social Measurement is a magnificent and much needed resource for social and behavioral scientists as well as for scientists in the health care fields. It addresses a broad range of measurement topics which are relevant across several disciplines in a substantive yet understandable way. This will be a valued and well-used reference book in my bookcase." -Ora Strickland Emory University "The Encyclopedia of Social Measurement promises to fill the long-felt need for a new up-to-date and ready-to-apply reference text in the rapidly developing area of measurement methodology in the social and behavioral sciences. The well-designed chapter structure and the impressive ensemble of internationally renowned expert contributors will establish a new standard in the social and behavioral science measurement domain." -Kurt Pawlik University of Hamburg "If you are a social scientist, you'll want to keep the Encyclopedia of Social Measurement close at hand. Whether you're trying to recall the relative merits of different approaches to determining inter-rater reliability, or looking for pointers to foundational work you should cite on the philosophy underlying causal inference, it's all in here (along with a lot more)." -Robert Austin Harvard Business School "This encyclopedia provides a very useful introduction to modern methods of data analysis. The articles on statistical methodology are written in a clear and concise manner, with emphasis on substantive and practical applications. This encyclopedia is strongly recommended to students interested in sociology, demography, and epidemiology as a useful and practical guide to their research." -Leonid Gavrilov University of Chicago "In the social sciences, reflective use of measurement is essential. The Encyclopedia of Social Measurement provides an impressive and comprehensive guide to this field." -Gerd Gigerenzer Max Planck Institute for Human Development "The enyclopedia avoids the usual short articles with definitions and references, and provides fully developed chapters -- by recognized authorities -- that easily replace a substantial library of sociological methodology books." -Karl van Meter Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique