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Encyclopedia of Deception

Two Volume Set
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May 2014 | 1 104 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Encyclopedia of Deception examines lying from multiple perspectives drawn from the disciplines of social psychology, sociology, history, business, political science, cultural anthropology, moral philosophy, theology, law, family studies, evolutionary biology, philosophy, and more. From the “little white lie,” to lying on a resume, to the grandiose lies of presidents, this two-volume reference explores the phenomenon of lying in a multidisciplinary context to elucidate this common aspect of our daily lives. Not only a cultural phenomenon historically, lying is a frequent occurrence in our everyday lives. Research shows that we are likely to lie or intentionally deceive others several times a day or in one out of every four conversations that lasts more than 10 minutes.


Key Features:

  • More than 360 authored by key figures in the field are organized A-to-Z in two volumes, which are available in both print and electronic formats.
  • Entries are written in a clear and accessible style that invites readers to explore and reflect on the use of lying and self-deception.
  • Each article concludes with cross references to related entries and further readings.

This academic, multi-author reference work will serve as a general, non-technical resource for students and researchers within social and behavioral science programs who seek to better understand the historical role of lying and how it is employed in modern society.

Key Themes:

  • Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations
  • Animals and Nature
  • Communication
  • Deception in Different Cultures
  • Entertainment, Media, and Sports
  • Ethics, Morality, Religion
  • Law, Business, and Academia 
  • Military
  • Politics and Government (includes espionage)
  • Psychology: Clinical and Developmental
  • Psychology: Social, Law-Legal, Forensic
  • Social History (lies in history; famous liars, hoaxes)

"The content of the articles is appropriate for the many audiences ranging from upper-level high school to college students and beyond. The articles are well organized and very informative, yet still understood by the layman. The “Further Readings” section of each article will assist those looking for further depth."

J. D'annibale
American Reference Books Annual

This encyclopedia is a well-crafted, one-of-a-kind set comprising 360-plus entries on events, people, and theories related to the topic of deception. The encyclopedia’s operational definition of deception is clear. ... Suitable for both general and scholarly audiences, this well-laid-out, easily readable encyclopedia offers a rich array of resources. ... Overall, this rich, thoughtful, comprehensive resource makes for a fascinating browsing experience.

Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/scholars; general readers.

S. W. French
Illinois State University
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ISBN: 9781452258775
£320.00

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