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The ninth edition of Sociological 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.
Table of Contents
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