Explorations in Social Theory: From Metatheorizing to Rationalization / Edition 1

Explorations in Social Theory: From Metatheorizing to Rationalization / Edition 1

by George Ritzer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761967737

ISBN-13: 9780761967736

Pub. Date: 06/04/2001

Publisher: SAGE Publications

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761967736
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
06/04/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.67(d)

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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