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This front matter section of the book Concise Encyclopedia of Comparative Sociology contains the table of contents, preface, acknowledgments, a list of contributors, and a list of tables and figures. One of the main goals of the book is to communicate effectively the current state of knowledge in comparative sociology to an educated lay public. The ultimate aim of comparative sociological research is to develop concepts and generalizations based upon identified similarities and differences among the social entities being compared, especially in their behavior (including ways of thinking and acting), in their values and ideologies, and in the intrinsic elements of their social structures.

Keywords: comparative sociology; social entities



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