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Sociological Theory / Edition 3

Sociological Theory / Edition 3

by George Ritzer


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Sociological Theory / Edition 3

Written by one of the foremost American authorities on sociological theory,this market-leading text gives readers a comprehensive overview of the major classical theorists and contemporary schools of sociological thought. Arranged chronologically,it spans the history of sociological theory from its inception to the present. Key theories are integrated with biographical and autobiographical sketches of the lives of theorists to place readings in their personal and historical context for students. The fifth edition has been thoroughly updated and revised to include a number of sections on new developments in the field,such as theories of consumption and the new means of consumption,multiculturalism,and criticisms and applications of postmodernism and post-post modernism.

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ISBN-13: 9780070529717
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 12/28/1991
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 759

About 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 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award by the American Sociological Association, an honorary doctorate from La Trobe University in Australia, and the Robin Williams Lectureship from the Eastern Sociological Society. His best-known work, The Mc Donaldization of Society (8th ed.), has been read by hundreds of thousands of students over two decades and translated into over a dozen languages. Ritzer is also the editor of Mc Donaldization: The Reader; and author of other works of critical sociology related to the Mc Donaldization thesis, including Enchanting a Disenchanted World, The Globalization of Nothing, Expressing America: A Critique of the Global Credit Card Society, as well as a series best-selling social theory textbooks and Globalization: A Basic Text. He is the Editor of the Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2 vols.), the Encyclopedia of Sociology (11 vols.; 2nd edition forthcoming), the Encyclopedia of Globalization (5 vols.), and is Founding Editor of the Journal of Consumer Culture. In 2016 he will publish the second edition of Essentials of Sociology with SAGE.

Jeffrey Stepnisky is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Mac Ewan University in Alberta, Canada, where he teaches classical and contemporary social theory. He has published in the area of social theory, especially as it relates to questions of subjectivity, in journals such as The Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior and Social Theory & Health. Along with this book he is co-author of Sociological Theory, Classical Sociological Theory, and Modern Sociological Theory, and has co-edited the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists, all with George Ritzer.

Table of Contents

PART 1: Classical Sociological Theory
Chapter 1: A Historical Sketch of Sociological Theory: The Early Years
Chapter 2: Karl Marx
Chapter 3: Emile Durkheim
Chapter 4: Max Weber
Chapter 5: Georg Simmel
PART 2: Modern Sociological Theory: The Major Schools
Chapter 6: A Historical Sketch of Sociological Theory: The Later Years
Chapter 7: Structural Functionalism, Neofunctionalism, and Conflict Theory
Chapter 8: Varieties of Neo-Marxian Theory
Chapter 9: Systems Theory
Chapter 10: Symbolic Interactionism
Chapter 11: Ethnomethodology
Chapter 12: Exchange, Network, and Rational Choice Theories
Chapter 13: Contemporary Feminist Theory
PART 3: Recent Integrative Developments in Sociological Theory
Chapter 14: Micro-Macro Integration
Chapter 15: Agency-Structure Integration
PART 4: From Modern to Postmodern Social Theory and Beyond
Chapter 16: Contemporary Theories of Modernity
Chapter 17: Structuralism, Poststructuralism, and the Emergence of Postmodern Social Theory
(and more...)

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