Handbook of Social Theory
  • Handbook of Social Theory
  • Handbook of Social Theory

Handbook of Social Theory

by George Ritzer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761941878

ISBN-13: 9780761941873

Pub. Date: 07/26/2003

Publisher: SAGE Publications

The 'Handbook of Social Theory' presents an authoritative and panoramic critical survey of the development, achievement and prospects of social theory. Forty-five international scholars contribute 39 chapters on the classical tradition in social theory (e.g. Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Mannheim, Freud); contemporary social theory (e.g. structural

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The 'Handbook of Social Theory' presents an authoritative and panoramic critical survey of the development, achievement and prospects of social theory. Forty-five international scholars contribute 39 chapters on the classical tradition in social theory (e.g. Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Mannheim, Freud); contemporary social theory (e.g. structural functionalism, symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, multiculturalism, postmodernism); and issues in social theory (e.g. positivisim, metatheorizing, consumption, sexualities, globalism). Editor-contributors Ritzer (sociology, U. Maryland) and Smart (sociology, Portsmouth University) provide an introductory essay on the problem of the canon and the interpretation of traditions of social thought. This is a paperbound reprint of a work first published in 2001. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) This book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the roots, current debates and future development of social theory. It draws together a team of international scholars, and presents an authoritative and panoramic critical survey of the field. The first section, examines the classical tradition. Included here are critical discussions of Comte, Spencer, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Freud, Mannheim and classical feminist thought, demonstrating not only the critical significance of classical writings, but also their continuing relevance. The second section moves on to examine the terrain of contemporary social theory. The contributors discuss the significance and strengths and weaknesses of structural functionalism, recent Marxian theory, critical theory, symbolic interactionism, phenomenology, exchange theory, contemporary feminism, ethnomethodology, rational choice theory, figurational sociology, the thought of Foucault, multicuturalism and postmodernism. The final section looks at the key debates in current social theory. Questions relati

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761941873
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
07/26/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
566
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 1.15(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - George Ritzer and Barry Smart
Theorists, Theories and Theorizing
PART ONE: CLASSICAL SOCIAL THEORY
Modernity, Enlightenment, Revolution and Romanticism - John Rundell
Creating Social Theory
The Origins of Positivism - Jonathan H Turner
The Contributions of Auguste Comte and Herbert Spencer
Maintaining Marx - Gregor Mc Lennan
Max Weber - Sam Whimster
Work and Interpretation
The Continuing Relevance of Georg Simmel - Birgitta Nedelmann
Staking Out Anew the Field of Sociology
Durkheim's Project for a Sociological Science - Mike Gane
The Emergence of the New - Hans Joas
Mead's Theory and Its Contemporary Potential
Karl Mannheim and the Sociology of Knowledge - David Kettler and Volker Meja
Psychoanalysis and Sociology - John O'Neill
From Freudo-Marxism to Freudo-Feminism
Classical Feminist Social Theory - Patricia Madoo Lengermann and Jill Niebrugge-Brantley
PART TWO: CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL THEORY
Functional, Conflict and Neofunctional Theories - Mark Abrahamson
Talcott Parsons - Robert J Holton
Conservative Apologist or Irreplaceable Icon?
Nietzsche - Robert J Antonio
Social Theory in the Twilight of the Millennium
Critical Theory - Craig Calhoun and Joseph Karaganis
J[um]urgen Habermas' Theory of Communicative Action - Richard Harvey Brown and Douglas Goodman
An Incomplete Project
Symbolic Interactionism at the End of the Century - Kent L Sandstrom, Daniel D Martin and Gary Alan Fine
Phenomenology and Social Theory - Harvie Ferguson
Fundamentals of Ethnomethodology - Wes Sharrock
Theories of Social Exchange and Exchange Networks - Linda D Molm
Sociological Rational Choice - Douglas D Heckathorn
Contemporary Feminist Theory - Mary F Rogers
Multiculturalism - Charles Lemert
Social Theory and the Postmodern - Stephen Crook
Michel Foucault - Mitchell Dean
'A Man in Danger'
The Macro/Micro Problem and the Problem of Structure and Agency - Barry Barnes
Norbert Elias and Process Sociology - Robert van Krieken
PART THREE: ISSUES IN SOCIAL THEORY
Positivism in the Twentieth Century - Peter Halfpenny
Metatheorizing in Sociology - Shanyang Zhao
Cultural Studies and Social Theory - Douglas Kellner
A Critical Intervention
Theories of Consumption - George Ritzer, Douglas Goodman and Wendy Wiedenhoft
Sexualities - Anthony Elliott
Social Theory and the Crisis of Identity
The Embodied Foundations of Social Theory - Chris Shilling
Globalization Theory 2000+ - Roland Robertson
Major Problematics
Nationalism - Gerard Delanty
Between Nation and State
Socialism - Peter Beilharz
Modern Hopes, Postmodern Shadows
Modern Societies as Knowledge Societies - Nico Stehr
Sociology, Morality and Ethics - Barry Smart
On Being with Others
Postsocial Relations - Karin Knorr Cetina
Theorizing Sociality in a Post-social Environment

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