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Encyclopedia of Social Theory

Encyclopedia of Social Theory

Two Volume Set
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Social Theory

July 2012 | 1 056 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Encyclopedia of Social Theory, two-volume set, is an indispensable reference source for anyone interested in understanding the roots of contemporary social theory. It examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them and presents them in the context needed to understand the strengths and weaknesses of all the key areas of the discipline.

These include:

-Structural fundamentalism;

-Marxist theory;

-Critical theory;



-Exchange theory;

-Rational choice;




The Encyclopedia of Social Theory draws together a team of international scholars led by the Editor, George Ritzer, one of the most prolific social theorists. This is a benchmark reference tool for understanding the development, achievements and prospects of social theory.

Key features and benefits include:

-Over 280 entries;

-A master bibliography;

-A complete Reader's Guide;

-Extensive biographical coverage of the major theorists;

-Extensive cross-referencing.

"On the whole, this will be a useful resource for beginning researchers in the social sciences, or users requiring basic definitions or biographies. Recommended for large public and academic libraries."

Ellen D. Gilbert

"Ritzer has assembled a wonderfully rich resource on social theory. Any subject encyclopedia's aims are to be on point, authoritative, and intelligible, and to lead readers to further information; Ritzer's meets those aims. . . . Highly recommended."

S.W. Nicholson
Michigan State University

This scholarly guide surveys the fundamental ideas of social theory and the contributions of social theorists from the Enlightenment to the present. . . . this useful guide provides an excellent starting place for both student and scholar, and it is highly recommended for academic libraries.

John R.M. Lawrence
East Carolina University
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George Ritzer

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 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award by the American Sociological Association, an honorary doctorate from LaTrobe University in Australia, and the Robin Williams Lectureship from the Eastern Sociological Society. His best-known work, The McDonaldization of Society (8th ed.), has been read by hundreds of thousands of students over two decades and translated into over a dozen languages. Ritzer is also the editor of McDonaldization: The Reader... More About Author

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