Many changes have happened in sociology around the world in the last few decades. This reference work offers a thorough overview of recent developments in sociology in a wide range of countries. The chapters, written by expert contributors, provide first-hand information on new research trends and significant advances. Chapters generally provide a broad historical context, and then focus on developments in sociology since 1975. Part One contains chapters on sociology in Western and Northern Europe. Part Two, on the Western Hemisphere, includes several chapters on sociology in the United States, along with Canada and Latin America. Part Three discusses the many changes in Eastern Europe that have happened in recent years, while Parts Four, Five, and Six, covering Southern Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and the Far East add a valuable perspective to the work. Chapters include detailed bibliographies, and a selected, general bibliography concludes the work.