Stepnisky, Jeffrey N.
Now with SAGE Publishing, and co-authored by one of the foremost authorities on sociological theory, the Tenth Edition of Sociological Theory by George Ritzer and Jeffrey Stepnisky gives readers a comprehensive overview of the major theorists and schools of sociological thought, from sociology's origins through the early 21st century. Key theories are integrated with biographical sketches of theorists, and are placed in their historical and intellectual context. This text helps students better understand the original works of classical and modern theorists, and enables them to compare and contrast the latest substantive concepts.
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Biographical and Autobiographical SketchesPrefacePART I Classical Sociological TheoryCHAPTER 1 A Historical Sketch of Sociological Theory: The Early Years Introduction Social Forces in the Development of Sociological Theory Intellectual Forces and the Rise of Sociological Theory The Development of French Sociology The Development of German Sociology The Origins of British Sociology The Key Figure in Early Italian Sociology Turn-of-the-Century Developments in European MarxismCHAPTER 2 Karl Marx Introduction The Dialectic Dialectical Method Human Potential Alienation The Structures of Capitalist Society Materialist Conception of History Cultural Aspects of Capitalist Society Marx’s Economics: A Case Study Communism Criticisms Contemporary ApplicationsCHAPTER 3 Emile Durkheim Introduction Social Facts The Division of Labor in Society Suicide The Elementary Forms of Religious Life Moral Education and Social Reform Criticisms Contemporary ApplicationsCHAPTER 4 Max Weber Methodology Substantive Sociology Criticisms Contemporary ApplicationsCHAPTER 5 Georg Simmel Primary Concerns Individual Consciousness and Individuality Social Interaction (“Association”) Social Structures and Worlds Objective Culture Secrecy: A Case Study in Simmel’s Sociology Criticisms Contemporary ApplicationsPART II Modern Sociological Theory: The Major SchoolsCHAPTER 6 A Historical Sketch of Sociological Theory: The Later Years Early American Sociological Theory Sociological Theory to Midcentury Sociological Theory from Midcentury Late-Twentieth-Century Developments in Sociological Theory Theories of Modernity and Postmodernity Social Theory in the Twenty-First CenturyCHAPTER 7 Structural Functionalism, Systems Theory, and Conflict Theory Structural Functionalism Systems Theory Conflict TheoryCHAPTER 8 Varieties of Neo-Marxian Theory Economic Determinism Hegelian Marxism Critical Theory Neo-Marxian Economic Sociology Historically Oriented Marxism Neo-Marxian Spatial Analysis Post-Marxist TheoryCHAPTER 9 Symbolic Interactionism The Major Historical Roots The Ideas of George Herbert Mead Symbolic Interactionism: The Basic Principles The Self and the Work of Erving Goffman The Sociology of Emotions Criticisms The Future of Symbolic InteractionismCHAPTER 10 Ethnomethodology Defining Ethnomethodology The Diversification of Ethnomethodology Some Early Examples Conversation Analysis Studies of Institutions Criticisms of Traditional Sociology Stresses and Strains in Ethnomethodology Synthesis and IntegrationCHAPTER 11 Exchange, Network, and Rational Choice Theories Exchange Theory Network Theory Network Exchange Theory Rational Choice TheoryCHAPTER 12 Contemporary Feminist Theory Feminism’s Basic Questions Historical Framing: Feminism, Sociology, and Gender Varieties of Contemporary Feminist Theory Feminist Sociological TheorizingCHAPTER 13 Micro-Macro and Agency-Structure Integration Micro-Macro Integration Agency-Structure Integration Agency-Structure and Micro-Macro Linkages: Fundamental DifferencesPART III From Modern to Postmodern Social Theory (and Beyond)CHAPTER 14 Contemporary Theories of Modernity Classical Theorists on Modernity The Juggernaut of Modernity The Risk Society The Holocaust and Liquid Modernity Modernity’s Unfinished Project Self, Society, and Religion Informationalism and the Network SocietyCHAPTER 15 Theories of Race and Colonialism Fanon and the Colonial Subject Postcolonial Theory Critical Theories of Race and Racism Racial Formation A Systematic Theory of Race Southern Theory and Indigenous ResurgenceCHAPTER 16 Globalization Theory Major Contemporary Theorists on Globalization Cultural Theory Cultural Differentialism Cultural Convergence Cultural Hybridization Economic Theory Political Theory Neoliberalism Other TheoriesCHAPTER 17 Structuralism, Poststructuralism, and Postmodern Social Theory Structuralism Poststructuralism Postmodern Social Theory Criticisms and Post-Postmodern Social TheoryCHAPTER 18 Social Theory in the Twenty-First Century Queer Theory Actor-Network Theory, Posthumanism, and Postsociality Affect Theory Prosumption TheoryReferences