About the Book
The idea of revising this biographical encyclopaedia after a decade is undoubtedly a noble endeavour of the editors to incorporate many social thinkers which was missing in first edition. This edition is a pioneering attempt to present a comprehensive study of biographical description and theoretical contribution of 123 eminent sociologists from 20 countries of the world written by noted scholars which ranges from one pages to fifteen pages in length. Whatever the length of the entry, each follows the same basic pattern. Each entry has been arranged in alphabetical order in the following manner: “Nationality; date of birth and death (where appropriate, with places where these can be ascertained); brief categorisation i.e., fields of major contributions; details of educational and professional activities; outline of the sociologist’s ideas with some indications of the reception and influence on others where appropriate; list of major works; reference to significant commentaries/secondary works, where these exist at the time of writing; and an indication of any additional sources of information, other than those listed in the primary and secondary material, used by the writer of the entry. The idea of revising this biographical encyclopaedia after a decade is undoubtedly a noble endeavour of the editors to incorporate many social thinkers which was missing in first edition. Undoubtedly, this new edition becomes indispensable source of references for teachers, scholars and readers.
About the Authors
N.S. Bisht is a noted scholar, editor and writer. He was born at Nainital, educated in Dehradun and teaching in many colleges of Lucknow University. He has contributed a number of research articles in journals and newspapers of national repute. After retirement, he is doing freelance journalism and associated with some important newspapers.
A.P. Thakur, a dynamic scholar and teacher of sociology of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University, Faizabad, is a keen researcher and an active social activist. He has presented several research papers in national and international seminars. Dr. Thakur is also associated with social awareness and rural employment programmes.