The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2012-04-18
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Reflecting emerging research and ongoing reassessments of social theory, The Wiley- Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists offers significant updates and revisions to the original Blackwell Companion published a decade ago.

Volume 1

  • Features updates and revisions to all essays from original volume, plus the addition of 11 new authors
  • Includes six new essays featuring coverage of theorists not included in original volume: Ibn Khaldun, de Tocqueville, Schumpeter, Mannheim, Veblen, and Adorno
  • Supplemented with comprehensive bibliographies on primary and secondary sources, with a brief reader's guide accompanying each essay
  • Addresses continuing relevance of most theories and their importance to contemporary scholarship

 Volume 2

  • Features updates and revisions to all essays from original volume, plus the addition of 16 new authors
  • Includes 11 new essays featuring coverage of theorists not included in original volume, including Deleuze, Bauman, Smith, Luhmann, Agamben, and others
  • Supplemented with comprehensive bibliographies on primary and secondary sources, with a brief reader's guide accompanying each essay
  • Essays placed in social and historical context to allow readers to see how theorists have responded to pressing contemporary social and political issues

Author Biography

George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. His books include The McDonaldization of Society (6th ed., 2011), Enchanting a Disenchanted World (3rd ed. 2010), The Globalization of Nothing (2nd ed., 2007), and Globalization: A Basic Text (2010). 

Jeffrey Stepnisky is a member of the Sociology Department at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He was Managing Editor for the Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2005) and The Journal of Consumer Culture.

Table of Contents

Volume I: Classical.

List of Contributors.


Introduction (Jeffrey Stepnisky, Grant MacEwan University, Alberta, Canada).

1. Ibn Khaldun (Syed Farid Alatas, National University of Singapore).

2. Auguste Comte (Mary Pickering, San Jose State University, USA).

3. Harriet Martineau (Susan Hoecker-Drysdale, American University, Washington DC, USA).

4. Alexis de Tocqueville (Laura Janara, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada).

5. Karl Marx (Robert J. Antonio, University of Kansas, USA).

6. Herbert Spencer (Mark Francis, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand).

7. Thorstein Veblen (Ken McCormick, University of Northern Iowa, USA).

8. Georg Simmel (Lawrence A. Scaff, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA).

9. Émile Durkheim Tara Milbrandt (University of Alberta, Canada and Frank Pearce, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada).

10. Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Judith A. Allen, Indiana University, USA).

11. Max Weber (Stephen Kalberg, Boston University, USA).

12. George Herbert Mead (Dmitri N. Shalin, University of Nevada, USA).

13. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (Paul C. Taylor, Pennsylvania State University, USA).

14. Joseph A. Schumpeter (Harry F. Dahms, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA).

15. Karl Mannheim (Colin Loader, University of Nevada, Las Vegas).

16. Alfred Schutz (Jochen Dreher, University of Konstanz, Germany, and University of St. Gallen, Switzerland).

17. Talcott Parsons (Victor Lidz, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA).

18. Theodor W. Adorno (Harry F. Dahms, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA).


Volume II: Contemporary.

1. Norbert Elias (Richard Kilminster, University of Leeds, UK, and Stephen Mennell, University College Dublin, Ireland).

2. Henri Lefebvre (Kanishka Goonewardena, University of Toronto, Canada).

3. Robert K. Merton (Charles Crothers, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand).

4. Harold Garfinkel (Anne Warfield Rawls, Bentley University, USA, and L’École des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Paris, France).

5. Erving Goffman (Greg Smith, University of Salford, UK).

6. Zygmunt Bauman (Peter Beilharz, La Trobe University, Australia).

7. Gilles Deleuze (Ian Buchanan, Cardiff University).

8. Richard M. Emerson (Karen S. Cook, Stanford University, USA, and Joseph M. Whitmeyer, UNC Charlotte, USA).

9. James S. Coleman (Guillermina Jasso, New York University, USA).

10. Michel Foucault (Couze Venn, Nottingham Trent University, UK, and University of Johannesburg, South Africa).

11. Dorothy E. Smith (Marie L. Campbell, University of Victoria, Canada, and Marjorie L. DeVault, Syracuse University, USA).

12. Niklas Luhmann (Rudolf Stichweh, University of Lucerne, Switzerland).

13. Jean Baudrillard (Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles, USA).

14. Jürgen Habermas (William Outhwaite, Newcastle University, UK).

15. Pierre Bourdieu (Craig Calhoun, New York University, USA).

16. Immanuel Wallerstein (Christopher Chase-Dunn, University of California, Riverside, USA, and Hiroko Inoue, University of California, Riverside, USA).

17. Edward W. Said (Patrick Williams, Nottingham Trent University, UK).

18. Anthony Giddens (Christopher G. A. Bryant, University of Salford, UK, and David Jary, Open University, UK).

19. Giorgio Agamben (Catherine Mills, University of Sydney, Australia).

20. Ulrich Beck (Iain Wilkinson, University of Kent, UK).

21. Donna Haraway (Janet Wirth-Cauchon, Drake University, USA).

22. Bruno Latour (Sal Restivo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, USA, and Northeastern University, Shenyang, China).

23. Judith Butler (Moya Lloyd, Loughborough University, UK).


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