Sociological Theory

© 2014
by George Ritzer, Jeff Stepnisky

9th Edition Going Out of Publication 848 Pages Hardback
9780078027017 0078027012
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The ninth edition of Sociological Theory by George Ritzer gives readers a comprehensive overview of the major theorists and schools of sociological thought. Key theories are integrated with biographical sketches of theorists, and are placed in their historical and intellectual context. Written by one of the foremost authorities on sociological theory, this text helps students better understand the original works of classical and modern theorists, and enables them to compare and contrast the latest substantive concepts.

PART I 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 II Modern Sociological Theory: The Major Schools

CHAPTER 6 A Historical Sketch of Sociological Theory: The Later Years

CHAPTER 7 Structural Functionalism, Systems Theory, and Conflict Theory

CHAPTER 8 Varieties of Neo-Marxian Theory

CHAPTER 9 Symbolic Interactionism

CHAPTER 10 Ethnomethodology

CHAPTER 11 Exchange, Network, and Rational Choice Theories

CHAPTER 12 Contemporary Feminist Theory

PART III Recent Integrative Developments in Sociological Theory

CHAPTER 13 Micro-Macro and Agency-Structure Integration

PART IV From Modern to Postmodern Social Theory (and Beyond)

CHAPTER 14 Contemporary Theories of Modernity

CHAPTER 15 Globalization Theory

CHAPTER 16 Structuralism, Poststructuralism, and Postmodern Social Theory

CHAPTER 17 Social Theory in the Twenty-First Century

New to this Edition

The section on Immanuel Wallerstein now includes his most recent work on the global financial crisis that began in 2008

A new section on the sociology of emotion

A new section on Charles Taylor

A new section on affect theory

A new focus on identity, consumption, globalization, and science and technology

Retained Features

Full coverage of classical and contemporary theory

In depth discussion of theories and theorists

Clear, interesting writing style

Biographical boxes

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