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Are human beings less violent than before? Why do we adopt certain moral and political judgements? Why is the gap between rich and poor getting bigger? How do we decide which criminal policies are effective? What is the Population Challenge for the 21st Century? What is social science? In Big Ideas in Social Science, David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton put these and more of our society’s burning questions to 18 of the world’s leading social scientists including Steven Pinker, Ann Oakley, Lawrence Sherman, Kate Pickett, Robert J. Shiller and Doreen Massey. The result is a collection of thought-provoking discussions that span the fields of sociology, politics, economics, criminology, geography and many more. From the people who brought us the Philosophy Bites series, Big Ideas in ...

Craig Calhoun

Craig Calhoun has been Director and President of the London School of Economics and Political Science since 2012. He is an advocate for interdisciplinary education, research and public engagement, and is known for studies of critical social theory, nationalism, democratic politics, social movements, technological change, and the future of capitalism.

David Edmonds:Protest movements take many shapes and forms, from feminism, to the demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, to today’s ‘Occupy’. But how are protest movements formed and organised? How and why do they succeed or fail? What, if anything, do they have in common? The sociologist and Director of the London School of Economics, Craig Calhoun, has made the study of protest movements a lifelong project.

Nigel ...

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