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0078026784
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Pub. Date:
09/06/2012
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McGraw-Hill Higher Education
CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY AND ITS CLASSICAL ROOTS: THE BASICS / Edition 4

CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY AND ITS CLASSICAL ROOTS: THE BASICS / Edition 4

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CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY AND ITS CLASSICAL ROOTS: THE BASICS / Edition 4

Contemporary Social Theory and Its Classical Roots: The Basics is ideal for those looking for a brief, yet accessible text on sociological theory. An affordable alternative to a standard text, this volume is concise, comprehensive, informative, engaging, includes a range of pedagogical features, and it appeals to a wide range of students. The 4th edition has added new sections on W.E.B. Du Bois, Queer theory, and key concepts and applications boxes on a variety of contemporary social theories.

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ISBN-13: 9780078026782
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 09/06/2012
Edition description: List
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 958,509
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, where he has been a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and won a Teaching Excellence award by the American Sociological Association, and in 2004, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by LaTrobe University, Melborune, Australia. He has served as Chair of the American Sociological Association's Sections on Theoretical Sociology and organizations and Occupations. He held the UNESCO Chair in Social Theory at the Russian Academy of Sciences, a Fulbright-Hay Chair at York University in Canada, and a Fulbright-Hays award to the Netherlands. He has been Scholar-in-Residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences.
Dr. Ritzer's main theoretical interests lie in metatheory as well as applied social theory. In metatheory, his contributions include Metatheorizing in Sociology(Lexington Books, 1991), Sociology: A Multiple Paradigm Science (Allyn and Bacon, 1975, 1980), and Toward an Integrated Sociological Paradigm (Allyn and Bacon).
Professor Ritzer is perhaps best known for the McDonaldization of Society (4/e, 2004); translated into more than a dozen languages) and several related books (also with a number of translations, including Expressing America: A Critique of the Global Credit Card Society (1995), Enchanting a Disenchanted World: Revolutionizing the Means of Consumption (2/e, 2005),The Globalization of Nothing (2/e, 2007), and (with Craig Lair) Outsourcing: Globalization and Beyond. He edited the Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2005), and is the founding editor of the Journal of Consumer Culture. He just completed editing the eleven-volume Encyclopedia of Sociology (2007) and The Blackwell Companion to Globalization (2007).
In 2006, McGraw-Hill published the second edition of Professor Ritzer's Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classic Roots: The Basics. In 2007, McGraw-Hill will publish the seventh edition of Modern Sociological Theory, and the fifth edition of Classical Sociological Theory. The latter texts, as well as this one, have been translated into a number of languages.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Creating Sociological Theory

Defining Sociological Theory

Creating Sociological Theory: A More Realistic View

Overview of the Book

Chapter 2. Classical Theories-I

Emile Durkheim

Karl Marx

Max Weber

Chapter 3. Classical Theories-II

Georg Simmel

Thorstein Veblen

George Herbert Mead

Chapter 4. Contemporary Grand Theories-I

Structural Functionalism

Conflict Theory

Systems Theory

Chapter 5. Contemporary Grand Theories-II

Neo-Marxian Theory

The Civilizing Process

Colonizing the Lifeworld

The Juggernaut of Modernity

Chapter 6. Contemporary Theories of Everyday Life

Symbolic Interactionism

Dramaturgy

Ethnomethodology

Exchange Theory

Rational Choice Theory

Chapter 7. Contemporary Integrative Theories

A More Integrated Exchange Theory

Structuration Theory

Culture and Agency

Habitus and Field

Chapter 8. Contemporary Feminist Theories (by Patricia Madoo Lengermann and Jill Niebrugge)

Gender Difference

Gender Inequality

Gender Oppression

Structural Oppression.

Chapter 9. Postmodern Grand Theories

The Transition from Industrial to Postindustrial Society

Increasing Governmentality (and other Grand Theories)

Postmodernity as Modernity’s Coming of Age

The Rise of Consumer Society, Loss of Symbolic

Exchange, and Increase in Simulations

The Consumer Society and the New Means of Consumption

Dromology

Feminism and Postmodern Social Theory (by Patricia Madoo Lengermann and Jill Niebrugge)

Chapter 10. Globalization Theory

Major Contemporary Theorists on Globalization

Cultural Theory

Economic Theory

Political Theory

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