Description: This landmark reference is a comprehensive, one-stop, interdisciplinary resource that examines current, critical social issues in historical and global contexts. Nearly 150 in-depth, balanced, and thought-provoking articles cover a broad range of critically important topics: the environment, health, science, the media, ethnic conflicts, poverty, and immigration, to name just a few. Each original, signed article provides historical context as well as a thorough discussion and analysis of contemporary issues facing today's interconnected world.
Articles also include international primary documents (all with original introductions) that facilitate a deeper understanding of the topic. In addition, extensive further reading lists, vetted websites for additional information, images, statistical tables, and figures are provided. In all,Global Social Issues provides essential information-both qualitative and quantitative-to enable students to evaluate, synthesize, and analyze key issues and future challenges from a global perspective. It provides a framework to better comprehend hot-button topics in the news and will help promote global awareness and critical thinking skills that are essential to 21st century "global citizens."
Review(s): "A tour de force compendium of 136 current concerns, Sharpe's three-volume overview summarizes the parameters and possible outcomes of world problems ranging from government secrecy and underground economies to polio outbreaks and higher education. ... A valuable, reasonably priced reference set for school and public libraries, this deserves a space on the social-studies shelf." -- Booklist
"With articles ranging from adoption to war crimes, this set covers a multitude of subjects that affect various cultures and countries. Each entry offers a history of the topic and describes its effects and potential impact. ... What sets this work apart ... is the inclusion of two primary sources in each article. They usually include one historical and one more-contemporary document per entry. ... A solid choice for reference collections." -- School Library Journal
"Global Social Issues: An Encyclopedia is the type of reference work that students will naturally turn to in order to locate background information on a topic. Each chapter provides a straightforward treatment that places the issue in historic context while keeping a focus on current status and recent developments. In addition, each chapter offers solid leads to books, journal articles, and Web resources useful in furthering a student's research. Libraries serving undergraduates and high school students with assignments on global issues will find this set worth considering." -- Against the Grain
"This valuable three-volume reference work will be especially useful for undergraduate students because it covers topics that are of high interest and frequently chosen. ... The essays offer readers thorough and detailed background on each issue, including historical development and contemporary perspectives. Especially useful are the current statistics that are frequently included. ... This set is particularly valuable for its international coverage and clear explanations of social issues with historical perspectives. The 70-page index increases functionality and improves the subject access. An indispensable addition for college libraries and for large high school collections. Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers." -- Choice