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Overview

The Encyclopedia of Social Theory is an indispensable reference source for anyone interested in the roots of contemporary social theory. It examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them, presenting them in the context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Led by internationally renowned scholar George Ritzer, the Encyclopedia of Social Theory draws together a team of more than 200 international scholars covering the developments, achievements, and prospects of social theory from its inception in the 18th century to the present. Understanding that social theory can both explain and alter the social world, this two-volume set serves as not only a foundation for learning, but also an inspiration for creative and reflexive engagement with the rich range of ideas it contains.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice Magazine
"Ritzer has assembled a wonderfully rich resource on social theory. Any subject encyclopedia's aims are to be on point, authoritative, and intelligible, and to lead readers to further information; Ritzer's meets those aims. . . . Highly recommended. "— S.W. Nicholson
Lawrence Looks at Books
This scholarly guide surveys the fundamental ideas of social theory and the contributions of social theorists from the Enlightenment to the present. . . . this useful guide provides an excellent starting place for both student and scholar, and it is highly recommended for academic libraries.— John R.M. Lawrence
CHOICE - S.W. Nicholson
"Ritzer has assembled a wonderfully rich resource on social theory. Any subject encyclopedia's aims are to be on point, authoritative, and intelligible, and to lead readers to further information; Ritzer's meets those aims. . . . Highly recommended."
Lawrence Looks at Books - John R.M. Lawrence
This scholarly guide surveys the fundamental ideas of social theory and the contributions of social theorists from the Enlightenment to the present. . . . this useful guide provides an excellent starting place for both student and scholar, and it is highly recommended for academic libraries.
Library Journal
This set comes just months after the publication of Sage's three-volume Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods, whose best attributes are repeated here: an alphabetical list of entries and Reader's Guide (including topical breakdowns) appear at the front of both volumes; a "Chronology of Social Theory," "Master Bibliography," and comprehensive index are at the end of Volume 2. Some of the deficiencies of Research Methods are here as well, including minimal graphics and a decidedly Western orientation to key players and concepts. The set is quite current, with up-to-date entries such as "Male Gaze" and "McDonaldization," although the controversial French philosopher Jacques Derrida, who died several months ago, is alive and well in these pages. Bottom Line On the whole, this will be a useful resource for beginning researchers in the social sciences, or users requiring basic definitions or biographies. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.-Ellen D. Gilbert, Princeton, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761926115
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1056
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 2.90 (d)

Meet the Author

George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, where he has also been a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and won a Teaching Excellence Award. He was awarded the 2000 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award by the American Sociological Association and an honorary doctorate from La Trobe University in Australia. His best-known work, The Mc Donaldization of Society, has been read by hundreds of thousands of students over two decades and translated into over a dozen languages. Ritzer is also the author of a series best-selling social theory textbooks for Mc Graw-Hill; Mc Donaldization: The Reader; and other works of critical sociology related to the Mc Donaldization thesis, including A Critique of the Global Credit Card Society, Enchanting a Disenchanted World, The Globalization of Nothing, Globalization: A Basic Text, and The Outsourcing of Everything. He is the Editor of the Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2 vols.), the Encyclopedia of Sociology (11 vols.), and the Encyclopedia of Globalization (5 vols.), and is Founding Editor of the Journal of Consumer Culture. In 2014 he published the second edition of Introduction to Sociology with SAGE.

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