Sociological Theory

ISBN-10: 0078027012
ISBN-13: 9780078027017
Edition: 9th 2014
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List price: $255.67
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 3/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 848
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.674
Language: English

The ninth edition ofSociological Theoryby 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.

Biographical and Autobiographical Sketches
Preface
Classical Sociological Theory
A Historical Sketch of Sociological Theory: The Early Years
Introduction
Social Forces in the Development of Sociological Theory
Political Revolutions
The Industrial Revolution and the Rise of Capitalism
The Rise of Socialism
Feminism
Urbanization
Religious Change
The Growth of Science
Intellectual Forces and the Rise of Sociological Theory
The Enlightenment
The Conservative Reaction to the Enlightenment
The Development of French Sociology
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)
Claude Henri Saint-Simon (1760-1825)
Auguste Comte (1798-1857)
Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)
The Development of German Sociology
The Roots and Nature of the Theories of Karl Marx (1818-1883)
The Roots and Nature of the Theories of Max Weber (1864-1920) and Georg Simmel (1858-1918)
The Origins of British Sociology
Political Economy, Ameliorism, and Social Evolution
Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)
The Key Figure in Early Italian Sociology
Turn-of-the-Century Developments in European Marxism
Karl Marx
Introduction
The Dialectic
Dialectical Method
Fact and Value
Reciprocal Relations
Past, Present, Future
No Inevitabilities
Actors and Structures
Human Potential
Labor
Alienation
The Structures of Capitalist Society
Commodities
Fetishism of Commodities
Capital, Capitalists, and the Proletariat
Exploitation
Class Conflict
Capitalism as a Good Thing
Materialist Conception of History
Cultural Aspects of Capitalist Society
Ideology
Religion
Marx's Economics: A Case Study
Communism
Criticisms
Emile Durkheim
Introduction
Social Facts
Material and Nonmaterial Social Facts
Types of Nonmaterial Social Facts
The Division of Labor in Society
Mechanical and Organic Solidarity
Dynamic Density
Repressive and Restitutive Law
Normal and Pathological
Justice
Suicide
The Four Types of Suicide
Suicide Rates and Social Reform
The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
Early and Late Durkheimian Theory
Theory of Religion-The Sacred and the Profane
Why Primitive?
Totemism
Sociology of Knowledge
Collective Effervescence
Moral Education and Social Reform
Morality
Moral Education
Occupational Associations
Criticisms
Functionalism and Positivism
Other Criticisms
Max Weber
Methodology
History and Sociology
Verstehen
Causality
Ideal Types
Values
Substantive Sociology
What Is Sociology?
Social Action
Class, Status, and Party
Structures of Authority
Rationalization
Religion and the Rise of Capitalism
Criticisms
Georg Simmel
Primary Concerns
Levels and Areas of Concern
Dialectical Thinking
Individual Consciousness
Social Interaction ("Association")
Interaction: Forms and Types
Social Structures
Objective Culture
The Philosophy of Money
Money and Value
Money, Reification, and Rationalization
Negative Effects
The Tragedy of Culture
Secrecy: A Case Study in Simmel's Sociology
Secrecy and Social Relationships
Other Thoughts on Secrecy
Criticisms
Modern Sociological Theory: The Major Schools
A Historical Sketch of Sociological Theory: The Later Years
Early American Sociological Theory
Politics
Social Change and Intellectual Currents
The Chicago School
Women in Early Sociology
W.E.B. Du Bois and Race Theory
Sociological Theory to Midcentury
The Rise of Harvard, the Ivy League, and Structural Functionalism
Developments in Marxian Theory
Karl Mannheim and the Sociology of Knowledge
Sociological Theory from Midcentury
Structural Functionalism: Peak and Decline
Radical Sociology in America: C. Wright Mills
The Development of Conflict Theory
The Birth of Exchange Theory
Dramaturgical Analysis: The Work of Erving Goffman
The Development of Sociologies of Everyday Life
The Rise and Fall (?) of Marxian Sociology
The Challenge of Feminist Theory
Structuralism and Poststructuralism
Late-Twentieth-Century Developments in Sociological Theory
Micro-Macro Integration
Agency-Structure Integration
Theoretical Syntheses
Theories of Modernity and Postmodernity
The Defenders of Modernity
The Proponents of Postmodernity
Sodal Theory in the Twenty-First Century
Theories of Identity
Theories of Consumption
Theories of Globalization
Theories of Science, Technology, and Society
Structural Functionalism, Systems Theory, and Conflict Theory
Structural Functionalism
The Functional Theory of Stratification and Its Critics
Talcott Parsons's Structural Functionalism
Robert Merton's Structural Functionalism
The Major Criticisms
Systems Theory
System and Environment
Autopoiesis
Differentiation
Conflict Theory
The Work of Ralf Dahrendorf
The Major Criticisms and Efforts to Deal with Them
A More Integrative Conflict Theory
Varieties of Neo-Marxian Theory
Economic Determinism
Hegelian Marxism
Georg Luk�cs
Antonio Gramsci
Critical Theory
The Major Critiques of Social and Intellectual Life
The Major Contributions
Criticisms of Critical Theory
The Ideas of Jurgen Habermas
Critical Theory Today: The Work of Axel Honneth
Later Developments in Cultural Critique
Neo-Marxian Economic Sociology
Capital and Labor
Fordism and Post-Fordism
Historically Oriented Marxism
The Modern World-System
Neo-Marxian Spatial Analysis
The Production of Space
Trialectics
Spaces of Hope
Post-Marxist Theory
Analytical Marxism
Postmodern Marxian Theory
After Marxism
Criticisms of Post-Marxism
Symbolic Interactionism
The Major Historical Roots
Pragmatism
Behaviorism
Between Reductionism and Sociologism
The Ideas of George Herbert Mead
The Priority of the Social
The Act
Gestures
Significant Symbols
Mind
Self
Society
Symbolic Interactionism: The Basic Principles
Capacity for Thought
Thinking and Interaction
Learning Meanings and Symbols
Action and Interaction
Making Choices
Groups and Societies
The Self and the Work of Erving Goffman
The Self
The Sociology of Emotions
What Is Emotion?
Shame: The Social Emotion
The Invisibility of Shame
Emotion Management and Emotion Work
Feeling Rules
Commercialization of Feeling
Criticisms
The Future of Symbolic Interactionism
Ethnomethodology
Defining Ethnomethodology
The Diversification of Ethnomethodology
Studies of Institutional Settings
Conversation Analysis
Some Early Examples
Breaching Experiments
Accomplishing Gender
Conversation Analysis
Telephone Conversations: Identification and Recognition
Initiating Laughter
Generating Applause
Booing
The Interactive Emergence of Sentences and Stories
Integration of Talk and Nonvocal Activities
Doing Shyness (and Self-Confidence)
Studies of Institutions
Job Interviews
Executive Negotiations
Calls to Emergency Centers
Dispute Resolution in Mediation Hearings
Criticisms of Traditional Sociology
Separated from the Social
Confusing Topic and Resource
Stresses and Strains in Ethnomethodology
Synthesis and Integration
Ethnomethodology and the Micro-Macro Order
Exchange, Network, and Rational Choice Theories
Exchange Theory
Behaviorism
Rational Choke Theory
The Exchange Theory of George Homans
Peter Blau's Exchange Theory
The Work of Richard Emerson and His Disciples
Network Theory
Basic Concerns and Principles
A More Integrative Network Theory
Network Exchange Theory
Structural Power
Strong and Weak Power Structures
Rational Choice Theory
Foundations of Social Theory
Criticisms
Contemporary Feminist Theory
Feminism's Basic Questions
Historical Framing: Feminism, Sociology, and Gender
Varieties of Contemporary Feminist Theory
Gender Difference
Sociological Theories: Institutional and Interactionist
Gender Inequality
Gender Oppression
Structural Oppression
Feminism and Postmodernism
Feminist Sociological Theorizing
A Feminist Sociology of Knowledge
The Macro-Social Order
The Micro-Social Order
Subjectivity
Integrative Sociological Theory
Micro-Macro and Agency-Structure Integration
Micro-Macro Integration
Micro-Macro Extremism
The Movement toward Micro-Macro Integration
Examples of Micro-Macro Integration
Back to the Future: Norbert Elias's Figurational Sociology
Agency-Structure Integration
Major Examples of Agency-Structure Integration
Major Differences in the Agency-Structure Literature
Agency-Structure and Micro-Macro Linkages: Fundamental Differences
From Modern to Postmodern Social Theory (and Beyond)
Contemporary Theories of Modernity
Classical Theorists on Modernity
The Juggernaut of Modernity
Modernity and Its Consequences
Modernity and Identity
Modernity and Intimacy
The Risk Society
Creating the Risks
Coping with the Risks
The Holocaust and Liquid Modernity
A Product of Modernity
The Role of Bureaucracy
The Holocaust and Rationalization
Liquid Modernity
Modernity's Unfinished Project
Habermas versus Postmodernists
Self, Society, and Religion
Modernity and the Self
Modernity's Social Imaginary
Religion in a Secular Age
Informationalism and the Network Society
Globalization Theory
Major Contemporary Theorists on Globalization
Anthony Giddens on the "Runaway World" of Globalization
Ulrich Beck, the Politics of Globalization, and Cosmopolitanism
Zygmunt Bauman on the Human Consequences of Globalization
Cultural Theory
Cultural Differentialism
Cultural Convergence
Cultural Hybridization
Economic Theory
Transnational Capitalism
Empire
Political Theory
Neoliberalism
Critiquing Neoliberalism
Other Theories
Structuralism, Poststructuralism, and Postmodern Social Theory
Structuralism
Roots in Linguistics
Anthropological Structuralism: Claude L�vi-Strauss
Structural Marxism
Poststructuralism
The Ideas of Michel Foucault
The Ideas of Giorgio Agamben
Postmodern Social Theory
Moderate Postmodern Social Theory: Fredric Jameson
Extreme Postmodern Social Theory: Jean Baudrillard
Criticisms and Post-Postmodern Social Theory
Social Theory in the Twenty-First Century
Critical Theories of Race and Racism
Queer Theory
What Is Queer Theory?
The Heterosexual/Homosexual Binary
Performing Sex
Critiques
Actor-Network Theory, Posthumanism, and Postsociality
Affect Theory
Basic Concepts
The Affective Field
The Ethics and Politics of Affect
Appendix Sociological Metatheorizing and a Metatheoretical Schema for Analyzing Sociological Theory
Metatheorizing in Sociology
Pierre Bourdieu's Reflexive Sociology
The Ideas of Thomas Kuhn
Sociology: A Multiple-Paradigm Science
The Social-Facts Paradigm
The Social-Definition Paradigm
The Social-Behavior Paradigm
Toward a More Integrated Sociological Paradigm
Levels of Social Analysis: An Overview
References
Credits
Name Index
Subject Index

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