“An accessible introduction to a field that tackles some of the biggest issues of our time”
— Prospect Magazine, December 2012
The social world is a world we create, that we all have in common. In this series of illuminating podcasts, hear leading social scientists present their perspectives on how our social world is created, and how social science can help us understand people and how they behave. Each podcast includes a downloadable written transcript of the conversation.
Social Science Bites is brought to you by David Edmonds. He and Nigel Warburton produce the enormously successful Philosophy Bites podcast. Warburton, who describes himself as a freelance philosopher, was part of the Social Science Bites team for its first four years.
Edmonds is an award winning documentary maker for BBC radio. He is also a senior research associate at Oxford’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. He is the author co-author or editor of 10 books which have been translated into 25 languages. They include, with John Eidinow, the bestseller Wittgenstein’s Poker – for which Bill Clinton has acted as (unpaid) promoter. His latest books are Would You Kill The Fat Man? (Princeton University Press) and Philosophers Take On The World, which he has edited for Oxford University Press. Other books – also written with John Eidinow – include Bobby Fischer Goes to War (on the notorious chess match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky) and Rousseau’s Dog, which dissects the famous quarrel between David Hume and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Social Science Bites is produced in association with SAGE Publishing – the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher and the parent of Social Science Space. In the fall of 2013 the series received an APEX Award for Publishing Excellence in the category of Special Purpose Electronic Media.
And now there’s a Bites book!
In January, SAGE Publishing released Big Ideas in Social Science, a collection of 18 Social Science Bites podcasts presented in written form.
The question-and-answer chapters feature sessions with experts from many disciplines — sociology, politics, economics, criminology and geography — which are divided into four general areas: “Fields of Enquiry,” “Births, Deaths & Human Population,” “Social Science Through Different Lenses,” and “Politics and Social Science.” Each chapter also includes a further reading section for those excited to journey deeper into any particular topic.
For more entertaining and enlightening interviews from David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton, sign up for their Philosophy Bites podcasts series. The pair have also tackled free expression issues for Social Science Space partner Index on Censorship with their Free Speech Bites series. They have produced three anthologies of Philosophy Bites interviews: Philosophy Bites Again, Philosophy Bites, and Philosophy Bites Back (all published by Oxford University Press).
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