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General descriptionThe twentieth century has seen extraordinary advances in the social sciences. They have taken place at the level of theoretical constructs, but also at the levels of methodology and of data generation and management. The social sciences can now be regarded as comprising a fabric of concepts and testable theories, rapidly expanding pools of records and information, well-established rules of procedure, and world-wide networks of supporting institutions.
With the turn of the century, the time is ripe to take stock of the social sciences as they are, and to look forward to their continuing development in the coming decades. This, essentially, is the goal of UNESCO's World Social Science Report. The first issue appeared in June 1999 and was presented at the World Conference on Science that same month. Subsequent issues will appear every two years.
The World Social Science Report benefits from the experience of reports already created by UNESCO in other areas, in particular, the World Education Report and the World Science Report. It is in part descriptive, giving facts and figures on the production and transmission of the social sciences throughout the world; in part problem-oriented, examining their application to social problems of the world today; and in part; and in part reflective, with essays discussing general perspectives and regional concerns.
The World Social Science Report was prepared under the leadership of Co-Editors Ali Kazancigil and David Makinson in the Sector of Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO. A Scientific Advisory Board, made up of eminent social scientists from all over the world, helped plan the structure of the Report and select authors. UNESCO’s field offices in different parts of the world provided valuable input material for regional overviews. The International Social Science Council (ISSC), and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), also provided essential materials.
Table of contents
Foreword by the Director-General of UNESCO
Preface by the Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences
Introduction by the Co-Editors
A Global Picture
1.1 Retrospect and Prospect
The twentieth century – the century of the social sciences? Peter Wagner
Box : Duverger's Law of party systems, Theodore J.Lowi
Box: Restructuring social science institutions, from the Gulbenkian Report
1.2 Infrastructures and Situations
The social sciences in OECD countries, Jun Oba
Some salient trends in social science education and employment, Nadia Auriat
The recovery of Western European social sciences since 1945, Guido Martinotti
The social sciences in Central and Eastern Europe
Box: An Application of Developmental Psychology, Cigdem Kagitçibasi
Box: Political Science and the Emergence of Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, Hans-Dieter Klingemann and Christian Welzel
The social sciences in Latin America
National social science systems in Latin America, Hebe Vessuri
Box : Publishing African social science, Tade Akin Aina
Box : Donor agencies for social science in Africa, Tade Akin Aina
Box : CODESRIA, UNESCO Dakar Office
Box : OSSREA
Box : SAUSSC, Issac Lamba
The social sciences in North Africa and the Middle East
The social sciences in East Asia
The social sciences in Southern Asia
The social sciences in the Pacific
1.3 Data and its Utilization
Data and statistics: empirical bases for the social sciences, Richard C. Rockwell
The use of qualitative empirical materials in the social sciences, Norman K. Denzin
Social science information and documentation, Hans-Christoph Hobohm
A user's guide to social science sources and sites on the Web, Craig McKie
Transnational and cross-national social science research, Else
1.4 The Professional Sphere
Research-policy linkages: how much influence does social science research have? Carol H. Weiss
Box: The University as a Partner in Development, Ian McAllister
Towards the ethical practice of social science, Elvi Whittaker
The gender dimension in the social sciences, Fanny M. Cheung
Communicating social science, Robyn Williams
Box : The impact of closure : the Australian National University
Issues and Applications
2.1 Science and Technology in Society
The social implications of information and communication technologies, Manuel Castells
Science, technology and the market, Dominique Foray
Science and democracy, Piotr Sztompka
Box : Survey research and the growth of democracy, Seymour Martin Lipset, Robert M.Worcester, Frederick C.Turner
State and market : towards a new synthesis for the twenty-first century, Robert Boyer
Global environmental change : challenges for the social sciences, Jill Jäger
Box: Land-use and land-cover change
Cognitive science: from computers to anthills as models of human thought, Peter Gärdenfors
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