BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from www.bic.org.uk.

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
J Society and social sciences
JP Politics and government
JPV Political control and freedoms
JPVH Human rights
See also: LNDC: “Human rights and civil liberties law” and following for legal works; HBTS “Slavery and abolition of slavery”
JPVK Public opinion and polls
JPVL Political campaigning and advertising
JPVN Propaganda
JPVR Political oppression and persecution


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