The publication of the Handbook of Sociology heralded a new age of sociological thought and practice. This volume synthesizes the field. It provides an orginal and comprehensive look at this vital discipline - which has not had a new Handbook in 25 years ... years in which sociology as a field of study and practice has undergone significant change. Eminent scholars representing both micro and macro perspectives combine their expertise to address the diversity, growth, and new developments which characterize the field of sociology today. Smelser, one of the leading sociologists of our time, introduces the Handbook with a reflective and incisive essay on the historical developments within the field, the status oSmelser, Neil J. is the author of 'Handbook of Sociology' with ISBN 9780803926653 and ISBN 0803926650.