Explorations In Social Theory / Edition 1

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Overview

George Ritzer is one of the leading social and cultural commentators of the present day. In this essential new book he considers some of the main tendencies in contemporary social theory. Included here are Ritzer's latest reflections on the uses and misuses of metatheory. According to Ritzer, sociology is a multiparadigm science. The differences and intensities of rivalries between paradigms are often very confusing for students and even for professional sociologists. This book seeks to find a way out of the confusion by sketching out the lineaments of a new integrated sociological paradigm and demonstrates how this paradigm can be applied. It shows the various ways in which Ritzer has developed rationalization theory to shed light on professional integration, the shape of consumer culture, hyperrationality and the state of sociology today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761967736
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/18/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.67 (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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Table of Contents

PART ONE: METATHEORIZING
Metatheorizing in Sociology
The Delineation of an Underlying Architectonic
Sociology
A Multiple Paradigm Science
Toward an Integrated Sociological Paradigm
Image of the Subject Matter
Potential Examplars for an Integrated Sociological Paradigm
Methodological Relationism
Lessons for and from Social Psychology
From Exclusion to Inclusion to Chaos (?) In Sociological Theory
The Implications of Postmodern Social Theory for Metatheorizing in Sociology
PART TWO: RATIONALIZATION THEORY
Rationalization and Deprofessionalization of Physicians
The Mc Donaldization of Society
Hyperrationality
An Extension of Weberian and Neo-Weberian Theory
Mannheim's Theory of Rationalization
An Alternative Resource for the Mc Donaldization Thesis?
The Mc Donaldization of American Sociology
A Metasociological Analysis

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