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Explorations in Social Theory


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PART ONE: METATHEORIZING Metatheorizing in Sociology The Delineation of an Underlying Architectonic Sociology A Multiple Paradigm Science Toward an Integrated Sociological Paradigm Image of the Subject Matter Potential Examplars for an Integrated Sociological Paradigm Methodological Relationism Lessons for and from Social Psychology From Exclusion to Inclusion to Chaos (?) In Sociological Theory The Implications of Postmodern Social Theory for Metatheorizing in Sociology PART TWO: RATIONALIZATION THEORY Rationalization and Deprofessionalization of Physicians The McDonaldization of Society Hyperrationality An Extension of Weberian and Neo-Weberian Theory Mannheim's Theory of Rationalization An Alternative Resource for the McDonaldization Thesis? The McDonaldization of American Sociology A Metasociological Analysis

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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.


'This book is a book that all sociologists should read. It brings together in one volume many of the ideas that have made Ritzer one of the leading sociologist in the world. It should be a book on everyone's bookshelf' - Jonathan H Turner

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