This accessible book introduces the story of Ã¢Â€Â˜social scienceÃ¢Â€Â™, with coverage of history, politics, economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and geography.
Key questions include:
How and why did the social sciences originate and differentiate?
How are they related to older traditions that have defined Western civilization?
What is the unique perspective or Ã¢Â€Â˜way of knowingÃ¢Â€Â™ of each social science?
What are the challengesÃ¢Â€Â”and alternativesÃ¢Â€Â”to the social sciences as they stand in the twenty-first century?
Eller explains the origin, evolution, methods, and the main figures, literature, concepts, and theories in each discipline. The chapters also feature a range of contemporary examples, with consideration given to how the disciplines address present-day issues.