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Sociological Theory Paperback – September 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0071232678 ISBN-10: 0071232672 Edition: 6th

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill Higher Education; 6th edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071232672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071232678
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,738,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 2000 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award by the American Sociological Association. He has served as Chair of two Sections of the American Sociological Association- Organizations and Occupations and Theoretical Sociology. In addition to The McDonaldization of Society (1993, 1996, 2000; translated into a dozen languages), his other efforts to apply social theory to the everyday realms of the economy and consumption include Expressing America: A Critique of the Global Credit Card Society (1995), The McDonaldization Thesis: Explorations and Extensions (1998), and Enchanting a Disenchanted World: Revolutionizing the Means of Consumption (1999). At the other end of the spectrum, his contributions to metatheorizing include Sociology: A Multiple Paradigm Science (1975), Toward an Integrated Sociological Paradigm (1981), and Metatheorizing in Sociology (1991). He has recently edited The Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists (2000), as well as The Handbook of Social Theory (with Barry Smart), and is co-founding editor (with Don Slater) of the Journal of Consumer Culture. In 2001 Sage of England published two volumes of his collected works- Explorations in Social Theory: From Metatheorizing to Rationalization and Explorations in the Sociology of Consumption: Fast Food Restaurants, Credit Cards and Casinos. Among his forthcoming works are the Handbook of International Social Problems and the two-volume Encyclopedia of Social Theory. His next original book, The Globalization of Nothing: So Many Making So Much of So Little will be published in 2003. In 2002 McGraw-Hill published Ritzer's Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots: The Basics. Douglas J. Goodman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Puget Sound in the Department of Comparative Sociology. He was given a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Wellesley College and an Excellence in Teaching award at the University of Maryland. His publications can be divided into three areas. First are those related to communicating theory to students. These include, "Postmodern Theory," (with G. Ritzer) Handbook of Sociological Theory (2002); "Habermas's Social Theory," (with R. Brown) Handbook of Social Theory (2000); "A Sociological Approach to Social Problems," (with C. Calhoun & G. Ritzer) Primus Social Problem (2000); "The Study of Social Problems," (with G. Ritzer) Primus Social Problems. (2000); and "Jacques Lacan: The Imaginary, the Symbolic, the Real," in Postmodern Social Theory (1997). Second, are those works on theory addressed more to other theorists and general intellectuals. These include "Dream Kitsch and the Debris of History: An Interview with Martin Jay," Journal of Consumer Culture (forthcoming); "Defending the Liberal Arts from the Law," Law and the Liberal Arts (forthcoming); "What Collins' The Sociology of Philosophies Says About Sociological Theory," Sociological Theory (2001); and his dissertation, A Sociology of Freedom. Finally there are the publications relating to consumer culture. These include, Consumer Culture (forthcoming); "Consumption as a Social Problem," International Handbook of Social Problems (forthcoming); and "Theories of Consumption," (with G. Ritzer & W. Wiedenhoft) Handbook of Social Theory (2000).

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. Moore on April 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ritzer and Goodman's simply-titled Sociological Theory is an excellent introductory text for that field. At nearly 800 pages, it offers a very good overview of both European and American sociological theory, without being overlong and cumbersome. The authors give a broad overview of the origins of sociological theory in the early classical theorists -- Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel -- all of whom have an entire chapter devoted to them. They also devote chapters that give a broad overview of the rise of sociological theory in both Europe and America. After that, they devote a chapter to each of the major schools of sociological theory. They also address various other issues important to the field, such as macro-micro integration, agency-structure issues, and modernism vs. postmodernism. The book is very well-written and even manages to be entertaining as well as informative. It is also quite comprehensive, covering all of the subjects mentioned above, among others, quite well: a nice, broad overview is given of almost all of the things important to sociological theory. Concise biographical portraits of major theorists are also offered, which often serve to add a distinct and charming personal touch to the sometimes abstract narratives. Of course, the book is not comprehensive: that is beyond the scope of the book. Within it, the authors continually stress the importance of reading the original sources as well as other overviews in order to get a balanced and complete view of each theorist, theory, and idea. Anyone looking for a great general overview of sociological theory, however, need look no further than this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I used this book in its 4th edition as an undergraduate and I am very glad I kept it, because I used it extensively in my graduate theory class last semester. Ritzer makes it easy to understand and appreciate the classical theorists and I would highly recommend it as a good general book for students.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mehmet on April 29, 2010
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it was better than what I assumed. I will continue to buy books from this dealer when I need.
strongly recommend it.
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