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The Handbook of Social Theory presents an authoritative and panoramic critical survey of the development, achievement and prospects of social theory. Divided into three sections, this indispensable resource incorporates contributions from world class scholars. Section One examines the classical tradition, demonstrating not only the critical significance of classical writings, but also their continuing relevance. Section Two provides a comprehensive and informed picture of the key issues and central figures in contemporary social theory. The significance and strengths and weaknesses of all the major schools of thought are discussed. Section Three focuses on the key debates within current social theory. The contributors fully explore questions and dilemmas which relate to topics including: the body, sexuality, globalism, nationalism, socialism, norms, ethics, positivism, post-structuralism, consumption and metatheorizing.

Author Biography

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; and author of other works of critical sociology related to the McDonaldization thesis, including Enchanting a Disenchanted World, The Globalization of Nothing, Expressing America: A Critique of the Global Credit Card Society, as well as a series best-selling social theory textbooks and Globalization: A Basic Text. He is the Editor of the Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2 vols.), the Encyclopedia of Sociology (11 vols.; 2nd edition forthcoming), the Encyclopedia of Globalization (5 vols.), and is Founding Editor of the Journal of Consumer Culture. In 2016 he will publish the second edition of Essentials of Sociology with SAGE. Barry Smart is Professor of Sociology at the University of Portsmouth and has longstanding research interests in the fields of social theory, political economy, and philosophy. His research interests include critical social research ethics; higher education; and collaborative work on veganism, ethics, lifestyle and environment.
Release date NZ
March 19th, 2003
Edited by Barry Smart Edited by George Ritzer
Country of Publication
United States
SAGE Publications Inc
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