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Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots: The Basics

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ISBN-10: 0078026784

ISBN-13: 9780078026782

Edition: 4th 2012

Authors: George Ritzer, Jeff Stepnisky

List price: $84.15
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Contemporary Social Theory and Its Classical Roots: The Basicsis 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.
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Book details

List price: $84.15
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: McGraw-Hill College
Binding: Paperback
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of Boxes
About the Authors
Introduction to Sociological Theory
Creating Sociological Theory
Defining Sociological Theory
Creating Sociological Theory: A More Realistic View
Multicultural Social Theory
Overview of the Book
Suggested Readings
Classical Theories I
Emile Durkheim: From Mechanical to Organic Solidarity
Two Types of Solidarity
Changes in Dynamic Density
Collective Conscience
Law: Repressive and Restitutive
Karl Marx: From Capitalism to Communism
Human Potential
Max Weber: The Rationalization of Society
Social Action
Behavior and Action
Types of Action
Types of Rationality
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Confucianism, Hinduism, and Capitalism
Authority Structures and Rationalization
Suggested Readings
Classical Theories II
Georg Simmel: The Growing Tragedy of Culture
Forms and Types
Group Size
Distance and the Stranger
Distance and Value
Objective and Subjective Culture
Division of Labor
Thorstein Veblen: Increasing Control of Business over Industry
George Herbert Mead: Social Behaviorism
The Act
Significant Symbols and Language
The Self
I and Me
W.E.B. Du Bios: Race and Racism in Modern Society
The Veil and Double-Consciousness
Economics and Marxism
Suggested Readings
Contemporary Grand Theories I
Structural Functionalism
The Functional Theory of Stratification and Its Critics
Talcott Parsons's Structural Functionalism
Robert Merton's Structural Functionalism
Conflict Theory
The Work of Ralf Dahrendorf
Groups, Conflict, and Change
General System Theory
The Work of Niklas Luhmann
System and Environment
Suggested Readings
Contemporary Grand Theories II
Neo-Marxian Theory
Critical Theory and the Emergence of the Culture Industry
Neo-Marxian Spatial Analysis
The Civilizing Process
Examples of the Civilizing Process
Explaining the Changes: Lengthening Dependency Chains
A Case Study: Fox Hunting
The Colonization of the Lifeworld
Lifeworld, System, and Colonization
Rationalization of System and Lifeworld
The Juggernaut of Modernity
The Juggernaut
Space and Time
Insecurity and Risks
Suggested Readings
Contemporary Theories of Everyday Life
Symbolic Interactionism
Impression Management
Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis
Defining Ethnomethodology
Some Examples
Accomplishing Gender
Exchange Theory
The Exchange Theory of George Homans
Basic Propositions
Rational Choice Theory
A Skeletal Model
Foundations of Social Theory
Suggested Readings
Contemporary Integrative Theories
A More Integrated Exchange Theory
Exchange Relationships and Networks
A More Integrative Exchange Theory
Structuration Theory
Elements of Structuration Theory
Culture and Agency
Habitus and Field
Bridging Subjectivism and Objectivism
Suggested Readings
Contemporary Feminist Theories
The Basic Theoretical Questions
The Classical Roots
Contemporary Feminist Theories
Gender Difference
General Feminist Theories of Difference
Sociological Theories of Difference
Gender Inequality
Gender Oppression
Structural Oppression
Toward a Feminist Sociological Theory
Suggested Readings
Postmodern Grand Theories
The Transition from Industrial to Postindustrial Society
Increasing Governmentality (and Other Grand Theories)
Increasing Governmentality
Other Grand Theories
Postmodernity as Modernity's Coming of Age
Learning to Live with Ambivalence?
Postmodern Ethics
The Rise of Consumer Society, Loss of Symbolic Exchange, and Increase in Simulations
From Producer to Consumer Society
The Loss of Symbolic Exchange and the Increase in Simulations
The Consumer Society and the New Means of Consumption
Queer Theory: Sex and Sexuality
The Heterosexual/Homosexual Binary
Performing Sex
Suggested Readings
Globalization Theory
Major Contemporary Theorists on Globalization
Anthony Giddens on the "Runaway World" of Globalization
Ulrich Beck and the Politics of Globalization
Zygmunt Bauman on the Human Consequences of Globalization
Cultural Theory
Cultural Differentialism
Cultural Convergence
Cultural Hybridization
Economic Theory
Critiquing Neo-Liberalism
Neo-Marxian Theoretical Alternatives to Neo-Liberalism
Transnational Capitalism
Political Theory
Suggested Readings
Permission and Source Acknowledgments