Publisher description for Encyclopedia of social theory / editor George Ritzer.


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The Encyclopedia of Social Theory is an indispensable reference source for anyone interested in the roots of contemporary social theory. It examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them, presenting them in the context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses.

Theories covered include
Critical Theory
• Enlightenment
• Ethnomethodology
• Exchange Theory
• Feminism
• Marxist Theory
• Multiculturalism
• Phenomenology
• Postmodernism
• Rational Choice
• Structural Fundamentalism

Led by internationally renowned scholar George Ritzer, the Encyclopedia of Social Theory draws together a team of more than 200 international scholars covering the developments, achievements, and prospects of social theory from its inception in the 18th century to the present. Understanding that social theory can both explain and alter the social world, this two-volume set serves as not only a foundation for learning, but also an inspiration for creative and reflexive engagement with the rich range of ideas it contains.

Key Themes
• American Social Theory
• British Social Theory
• Comparative and Historical Theory
• Cultural Theory
• Economic Sociology
• Feminist Theory
• French Social Theory
• German Social Theory
• Macrosociological Theories
• Marxist and Neo-Marxist Approaches
• Method and Metatheory
• Network and Exchange Theories
• Other/Multiple National Traditions
• Politics and Government
• Postmodern Theory
• Psychoanalytic Theory
• Schools and Theoretical Approaches
• Symbolic Interaction and Microsociology
• Theorists
• Topics and Concepts in Social Theory

Key Features
• More than 300 entries from fourteen countries
• Master Bibliography
• Reader’s Guide
• Extensive biographical coverage of major theorists
• Extensive cross-referencing


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Sociology -- Encyclopedias.
Sociology -- Philosophy -- Encyclopedias.