Provides an overview of the major contemporary schools of sociological thought. This text begins with a synopsis of the formative years and concludes with the emergence of postmodern social theory. Key theories are integrated with biographical sketches of the lives of theorists to place readings in their personal and historical context.
Written by one of the foremost authorities in the world on sociological theory and a junior colleague (and former student) who specializes, and has already published widely, in theory, this market-leading text gives readers a comprehensive overview of the major classical theorists and contemporary schools of sociological thought. It spans the history of sociological theory from its inception to the latest theoretical developments. Key theories are integrated with biographical sketches of the lives of theorists to place readings in their personal and historical context for students. This book provides students with the context to understand the original works of classical authors as well as the framework to compare and contrast the newest substantive theories that they have learned in other sociology courses. The sixth edition has been thoroughly updated and revised to reflect current debates in sociology and includes completely new sections on Actor-Network theory, neo-Marxian theories of space, chaos in social theory and theories of globalization.
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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
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 SimmelPART 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 TheoryPART 3: Recent Integrative Developments in Sociological Theory Chapter 14: Micro-Macro Integration Chapter 15: Agency-Structure IntegrationPART 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 TheoryAppendix: Sociological Metatheorizing and a Metatheoretical Schema for Analyzing Sociological Theory
Sociological Theory by George Ritzer
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