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Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots: The Basics

© 2013
by George Ritzer, Jeff Stepnisky

4th Edition Going Out of Publication 352 Pages Paperback / softback
9780078026782 0078026784

http://www.mhhe.com/ritzer4e
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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.
New to this Edition

In Chapter 9 a new section on Queer theory, which focuses on the contemporary construction of sexuality, has been added

New Contemporary Applications boxes on the Occupy Movement, neo-Marxian spatial analysis, antidepressants, marriage statistics, and the bathroom problem have been added.

Updated key words and glossary entries, changes to the references at the end of each chapter, a number of clarifications and additions to the writing throughout have been added.


Retained Features

This text is the teaching solution for instructors who need a brief, accessible text for sociological theory. An affordable alternative to a standard text, it is concise yet comprehensive, informative, and engaging for a wide range of students.

Biographical/Autobiographical Vignettes: These boxes appear throughout each chapter and present short biographical sketches of key sociological thinkers.

Key Concepts boxes: Throughout each chapter, these boxes present important concepts that are central to the chapter material.

Contemporary Applications boxes: Throughout each chapter, these boxes present examples of how the theory or concept being discussed has been applied in modern life.

Key terms at the bottom of the page where they are discussed, as well as suggested readings and end-of-chapter summaries providing an outline summary of the chapter.

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