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Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots

Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots
The Basics

Sixth Edition

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Social Theory

May 2022 | 468 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots: The Basics, is a brief survey of sociology's major theorists and theoretical approaches, from the Classical founders to the present. The content is adapted from Ritzer/Stepnisky, Sociological Theory, and the authors connect many theorists together into chapters with broad headings (Contemporary Integrative Theories, Contemporary Theories of Everyday Life, etc.) that offer students a big-picture, synthesized view of sociological theory. Because of its size, price, and flexible organization, the text can be used in a variety of undergraduate sociological theory classes: Classical, Contemporary, or Combined.
CHAPTER 1 Introduction to Sociological Theory
CHAPTER 2 Classical Theories I
CHAPTER 3 Classical Theories II
CHAPTER 4 Contemporary Grand Theories I
CHAPTER 5 Contemporary Grand Theories II
CHAPTER 6 Contemporary Theories of Everyday Life
CHAPTER 7 Contemporary Integrative Theories
CHAPTER 8 Contemporary Feminist Theories
CHAPTER 9 Theories of Race and Colonialism
CHAPTER 10 Postmodern Grand Theories
CHAPTER 11 Globalization Theory
CHAPTER 12 Science, technology, and nature
Key features
  • Co-author George Ritzer is a distinguished theorist in his own right and an accomplished scholar of sociological theory, known for his clear, authoritative writing on this subject.
  • The chronological organization allows for easy use of supplementary readers to enhance classroom discussion or to broaden students' understanding of theories and concepts.
  • The chapter on Contemporary Feminist Theories has been revised by two feminist scholars, Patricia Lengermann and Gillian Niebrugge.
  • “Key Concept” boxes summarize over 30 ideas that are widely used and debated in the field, from “Social Facts” to “Civil Society.”
  • “Contemporary Application” boxes examine the relevance of many classical theories to social life in today’s global society.
  • Short biographies of key theorists help readers to see their ideas in the context of personal and historical circumstances.

A new chapter (Ch. 12) examines the relationship between science, technology, and nature, and discusses one of the newest areas of sociological theory--theories of the Anthropocene.

The chapter on Feminist Theory has been extensively revised, with new sections on hegemonic masculinity, postcolonial theory, and neoliberalism, and a new biography of Raewyn Connell.

New "Contemporary Application" topics include The #MeToo Movement, anticolonialim and the destruction of statues, "fake" news, and the relationship between SARS-CoV-2 and society.