Handbook of Social Theory

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George Ritzer, Barry Smart
SAGE, Mar 20, 2001 - Social Science - 552 pages
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This book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the roots, current debates and future development of social theory. It draws together a team of outstanding international scholars, and presents an authoritative and panoramic critical survey of the field.

The volume is divided into three parts. The first part examines the classical tradition. Included here are critical discussions of Comte, Spencer, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Freud, Mannheim and classical feminist thought. This part conveys the classical tradition as a living resource in social theory, it demonstrates not only the critical significance of classical writings, but their continuing relevance.

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Contents

The Contributions of Auguste
30
Maintaining Marx
43
Work and lnterpretation
54
Staking
66
Durkheims Project for a Sociological Science
79
Meads Theory and
89
From Freudo Marxism
112
Classical Feminist Social Theory
125
Multiculturalism
297
Social Theory and the Postmodern
308
A Man in Danger
324
The MacroMicro Problem and the Problem of Structure
339
Norbert Elias and Process Sociology
353
Positivism in the Twentieth Century
371
Metatheorizing in Sociology
386
A Critical lntervention
395

FunctionaL Conflict and Neofunctional Theories
141
Conservative Apologist or lrreplaceable lcon?
152
Social Theory in the Twilight of the Millennium
163
Critical Theory
179
Symbolic lnteractionism at the End of the Century
217
Phenomenology and Social Theory
232
Fundamentals of Ethnomethodology
249
Theories of Social Exchange and Exchange Networks
260
Sociological Rational Choice
273
Contemporary Feminist Theory
285
Theories of Consumption
410
Social Theory and the Crisis of Identity
428
The Embodied Foundations of Social Theory
439
Major Problematics
458
Between Nation and State
472
Modern Hopes Postmodern Shadows
485
Modern Societies as Knowledge Societies
494
On Being With Others
509
Index
538
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About the author (2001)

George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, where he has also been a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and won a Teaching Excellence Award. He was awarded the 2000 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award by the American Sociological Association and an honorary doctorate from LaTrobe University in Australia. His best-known work, The McDonaldization of Society, has been read by hundreds of thousands of students over two decades and translated into over a dozen languages.  Ritzer is also the author of a series best-selling social theory textbooks for McGraw-Hill;  McDonaldization: The Reader;  and other works of critical sociology related to the McDonaldization thesis, including  A Critique of the Global Credit Card Society, Enchanting a Disenchanted World, The Globalization of Nothing, Globalization: A Basic Text, and The Outsourcing of Everything. He is the Editor of the Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2 vols.), the Encyclopedia of Sociology (11 vols.), and the Encyclopedia of Globalization (5 vols.), and is Founding Editor of the Journal of Consumer Culture. In 2014 he published the second edition of Introduction to Sociology with SAGE. 

Barry Smart is Professor of sociology at the University of Portsmouth and a member of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR). His research interests include: critical social theory; the

globalization of consumer culture and the transformation of economic life; and the cultural economy of modern sport. His most recent books are Economy, Culture & Society (OUP, 2003), The Sport Star (SAGE, 2005) and Consumer Society (SAGE, 2010)

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