The Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists

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George Ritzer
Wiley, Jan 16, 1991 - Social Science - 752 pages
The Companion to Major Social Theorists offers a broad-ranging survey of classical and contemporary social theory. In original essays especially commissioned for this volume, leading experts and practitioners examine the life and work of 25 major theorists, discussing the social and intellectual context of their writings and offering an analysis of the impact of their work over time.
  • Includes 25 original essays on major classical and contemporary social theorists
  • Contributions are especially commissioned for this volume, and are by leading experts and practitioners in the field
  • Covers the key figures who shaped classical social theory, such as Marx, Weber and Durkheim, as well as figures such as Martineau, DuBois, and Simmel
  • Dedicates coverage is given to contemporary social theorists, including Goffman, Elias, Foucault, Giddens, Bourdieu and Butler
  • Essays include biographical sketches, the social and intellectual context, and the impact of the theorist's work on social theory
  • Includes bibliographies of the theorist's most important works as well as key secondary works
  • Edited by a leading figure in social theory, this volume provides an outstanding one-volume reference source in social theory.

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About the author (1991)

George Ritzer is Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland. He has chaired both the Theoretical and the Organizations and Occupations sections of the American Sociological Association, and authored more than 25 books, including Expressing America: A Critique of the Global Credit Card Society (1995), The McDonaldization of Society: An Investigation into the Changing Character of Contemporary Social Life (1995), Classical Sociological Theory (second edition, 1995), and The McDonalization Thesis: Explorations and Extensions (1998).

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