- George Ritzer - University of Maryland, USA
- Jeffrey Stepnisky - MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Sociological Theory gives readers a comprehensive overview of the major theorists and schools of sociological thought, from sociology's 19th century origins through the early 21st century. Written by an author team that includes one of the leading contemporary thinkers, the text integrates key theories with biographical sketches of theorists, placing them in historical and intellectual context. The Eleventh Edition includes examples of premodern sociological theory from Islamic scholar Ibn Khaldun, Harriet Martineau’s feminist writings contextualized within the history of sociological thought, discussions of actor-network theory through Donna Haraway’s work on cyborgs and companion species, illustrations of historical comparative sociology with Saskia Sassen’s concepts of the global city and expulsions, and more ways to help students to understand sociology’s major theories.
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In order to improve the flow of the text the chapter on poststructuralism and postmodernism (formerly Ch. 17, now Ch.15) has been moved to follow the chapter on modernity (chapter 14).
The discussion of queer theory, formerly part of Ch. 18, has been moved into the chapter on postructuralism and postmodernism (Ch. 15).
Ch. 1 has several new additions: a stand-alone section on Ibn Khaldun to provide the reader with an example of premodern sociological theory; a section on Harriet Martineau to better contextualize her feminist writings within the history of sociological thought; and a section on “non-European” classical theory.
There are new biographies on Ibn Khaldun (Ch. 1) Hannah Ardent (Ch. 6), Raewyn Connell (Ch 12). Bruno Latour (Ch.18), and Donna Haraway (Ch. 18).
Ch. 12 has been updated with new sections on Hegemonic Masculinity, Postcolonial feminism, and Neoliberalism.
Ch. 17, on globalization, includes a new section on the work of historical comparative sociologist Saskia Sassen and her concepts of the global city and expulsions.
Ch. 18 has been redesigned with a focus on science, technology, nature, and consumption and an opening discussion of the relevance of these themes for sociological theory. The largest new addition is a section on Theories of the Anthropocene, a set of theories that theorize the connection between climate change and human society
The Ch. 18 section on actor-network theory and posthumanism has been significantly rewritten with a more detailed focus on Bruno Latour and Donna Haraway, especially Haraway’s work on cyborgs and companion species.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1. A Historical Sketch of Sociological Theory