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Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots
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Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots
The Basics

Fifth Edition
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December 2017 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The authors are proud sponsors of the 2020 SAGE Keith Roberts Teaching Innovations Award—enabling graduate students and early career faculty to attend the annual ASA pre-conference teaching and learning workshop.

Now with SAGE Publishing, Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots: The Basics, is a brief survey of sociology's major theorists and theoretical approaches, from the Classical founders to the present. With updated scholarship in the new Fifth Edition, authors George Ritzer and Jeffrey Stepnisky connect many theorists and schools of thought together under broad headings that offer students a synthesized view of sociological theory. This text is perfect for those who want an accessible overview of the entire tradition of sociological thinking, with an emphasis on the contemporary relevance of theory.


 
About the Authors
 
Preface
 
Chapter 1: Introduction to Sociological Theory
Creating Sociological Theory

 
Defining Sociological Theory

 
Creating Sociological Theory: A More Realistic View

 
Overview of the Book

 
 
Chapter 2: Classical Theories I
Emile Durkheim: From Mechanical to Organic Solidarity

 
Karl Marx: From Capitalism to Communism

 
Max Weber: The Rationalization of Society

 
 
Chapter 3: Classical Theories II
Georg Simmel: The Growing Tragedy of Culture

 
Thorstein Veblen: Increasing Control of Business over Industry

 
George Herbert Mead: Social Behaviorism

 
Significant Symbols and Languages

 
W.E.B. Du Bois: Race and Racism in Modern Society

 
 
Chapter 4: Contemporary Grand Theories I
Structural Functionalism

 
Conflict Theory

 
General Systems Theory

 
 
Chapter 5: Contemporary Grand Theories II
Neo-Marxian Theory

 
The Civilizing Process

 
The Colonization of the Lifeworld

 
The Juggernaut of Modernity

 
 
Chapter 6: Contemporary Theories of Everyday Life
Symbolic Interactionism

 
Dramaturgy

 
Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis

 
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 Gillian Niebrugge
The Basic Theoretical Questions

 
The Classical Roots

 
Contemporary Feminist Theories

 
Toward a Feminist Sociological Theory

 
 
Chapter 9: Theories of Race and Colonialism
Fanon and the Colonial Subject

 
Postcolonial Theory

 
Critical Theories of Race and Racism

 
A Systematic Theory of Race

 
Southern Theory and Indigenous Resurgence

 
 
Chapter 10: 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

 
Queer Theory: Sex and Sexuality

 
 
Chapter 11: Globalization Theory
Major Contemporary Theorists on Globalization

 
Cultural Theory

 
Economic Theory

 
Political Theory

 
 
Glossary
 
Source Acknowledgments
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Site

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  •   Microsoft® Word test bank, is available containing multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help you with preparation for lectures and class discussions
Key features

 NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • A new chapter on Theories of Race and Colonialism addresses a subject of longstanding interest and importance.
  • Arlie Hochschild’s theory of emotion management has been added to the chapter on Contemporary Theories of Everyday Life.
  • Chapter 11 on Globalization Theory includes discussion of the significance of Brexit, the 2017 American election, and other recent events for globalization theory.
  • New “Key Concept” boxes discuss romanticism, commercialization of feeling, colonialism, and color-blind-racism.
  • Frantz Fanon and Kimberlé Crenshaw are the subjects of new Biographical Vignettes.
KEY FEATURES:
  • Co-author George Ritzer is a distinguished theorist in his own right and an accomplished scholar of sociological theory, known for his clear, authoritative writing on this subject.
  • The chronological organization allows for easy use of supplementary readers to enhance classroom discussion or to broaden students' understanding of theories and concepts.
  • The chapter on Contemporary Feminist Theories has been revised on foundation originally contributed by two feminist scholars, Patricia Lengermann and Gillian Niebrugge.
  • “Key Concept” boxes summarize over 30 ideas that are widely used and debated in the field, from “Social Facts” to “Civil Society.”
  • “Contemporary Application” boxes examine the relevance of many classical theories to social life in today’s global society.
  • Short biographies of key theorists help readers to see their ideas in the context of personal and historical circumstances.

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