The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2012-02-02
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Featuring a collection of original chapters by leading and emerging scholars, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology presents a comprehensive and balanced overview of the major topics and emerging trends in the discipline of sociology today. Features original chapters contributed by an international cast of leading and emerging sociology scholars Represents the most innovative and state-of-the-art thinking about the discipline Includes a general introduction and section introductions with chapters summaries by the editor

Author Biography

George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. His books include The McDonaldization of Society (6th edn., 2011), The Globalization of Nothing (2nd edn., 2007) Globalization: A Basic Text (2010). Ritzer has also received the American Sociological Association's Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii

Introduction 1
George Ritzer


1 Philosophy and Sociology 9
Stephen Turner

2 A Selective History of Sociology 25
Alan Sica

3 Quantitative Methods 55
Russell K. Schutt

4 Qualitative Methods 73
Mitchell Duneier

5 Classical Sociological Theory 82
Alan Sica

6 Contemporary Sociological Theory 98
George Ritzer and William Yagatich


7 Action, Interaction, and Groups 121
Kimberly B. Rogers and Lynn Smith-Lovin

8 Groups and Institutions, Structures and Processes 139
Murray Webster, Jr. and Jane Sell

9 The Sociology of Organizations 164
Stewart R. Clegg

10 Cultural Analysis 182
John Tomlinson

11 The Changing Life Course 197
Angela M. O’Rand

12 Deviance: A Sociology of Unconventionalities 212
Nachman Ben-Yehuda

13 Criminology 229
Charles F. Wellford

14 Critical Sexualities Studies 243
Ken Plummer

15 Feeling Class: Affect and Culture in the Making of Class Relations 269
Beverley Skeggs

16 Racial and Ethnic Issues: Critical Race Approaches in the United States 287
Brittany Chevon Slatton and Joe R. Feagin

17 Genders and Sexualities in Global Context: An Intersectional Assessment of Contemporary Scholarship 304
Nancy A. Naples and Barbara Gurr

18 Changing Families: Fluidity, Partnership, and Family Structure 333
Graham Allan and Emma Head

19 Sociology of Education 348
Maureen T. Hallinan and Ge Liu

20 Sociology of Religion 367
Christian Smith and Robert D. Woodberry

21 Current Directions in Medical Sociology 385
William C. Cockerham

22 Media and Communications 402
John Durham Peters and Jefferson D. Pooley

23 Work and Employment 418
Steven P. Vallas

24 The Sociology of Consumption 444
P. J. Rey and George Ritzer

25 Population 470
Suzanne M. Bianchi and Vanessa Wight

26 Urbanization 488
Kevin Fox Gotham

27 Environmental Sociology 504
Richard York and Riley E. Dunlap

28 Social Movements 522
Remy Cross and David A. Snow

29 Globalization 545
Paul Dean and George Ritzer


30 After Neoliberalism: Whither Capitalism? 567
Robert J. Antonio

31 Organized Coercion and Political Authority: Armed Conflict in a World of States 588
Meyer Kestnbaum

32 Science and Technology: Now and in the Future 609
Mark Erickson and Frank Webster

33 The Internet, Web 2.0, and Beyond 626
Nathan Jurgenson and George Ritzer

Index 649

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