The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology
Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology, Band 36 1. Aufl.
Featuring a collection of original chapters by leading and emerging scholars, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology presents a comprehensive and balanced overview of the major topics and emerging trends in the discipline of sociology today. Features original chapters contributed by an international cast of leading and emerging sociology scholars Represents the most innovative and 'state-of-the-art' thinking about the discipline Includes a general introduction and section introductions with chapters summaries by the editor
Notes on Contributors viii Introduction 1 George Ritzer PART I INTRODUCTION 7 1 Philosophy and Sociology 9Stephen Turner 2 A Selective History of Sociology 25Alan Sica 3 Quantitative Methods 55Russell K. Schutt 4 Qualitative Methods 73Mitchell Duneier 5 Classical Sociological Theory 82Alan Sica 6 Contemporary Sociological Theory 98George Ritzer and William Yagatich PART II BASIC TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY 119 7 Action, Interaction, and Groups 121Kimberly B. Rogers and Lynn Smith-Lovin 8 Groups and Institutions, Structures and Processes 139Murray Webster, Jr. and Jane Sell 9 The Sociology of Organizations 164Stewart R. Clegg 10 Cultural Analysis 182John Tomlinson 11 The Changing Life Course 197Angela M. O’Rand 12 Deviance: A Sociology of Unconventionalities 212Nachman Ben-Yehuda 13 Criminology 229Charles F. Wellford 14 Critical Sexualities Studies 243Ken Plummer 15 Feeling Class: Affect and Culture in the Making of Class Relations 269Beverley Skeggs 16 Racial and Ethnic Issues: Critical Race Approaches in the United States 287Brittany Chevon Slatton and Joe R. Feagin 17 Genders and Sexualities in Global Context: An Intersectional Assessment of Contemporary Scholarship 304Nancy A. Naples and Barbara Gurr 18 Changing Families: Fluidity, Partnership, and Family Structure 333Graham Allan and Emma Head 19 Sociology of Education 348Maureen T. Hallinan and Ge Liu 20 Sociology of Religion 367Christian Smith and Robert D. Woodberry 21 Current Directions in Medical Sociology 385William C. Cockerham 22 Media and Communications 402John Durham Peters and Jefferson D. Pooley 23 Work and Employment 418Steven P. Vallas 24 The Sociology of Consumption 444P. J. Rey and George Ritzer 25 Population 470Suzanne M. Bianchi and Vanessa Wight 26 Urbanization 488Kevin Fox Gotham 27 Environmental Sociology 504Richard York and Riley E. Dunlap 28 Social Movements 522Remy Cross and David A. Snow 29 Globalization 545Paul Dean and George Ritzer PART III CUTTING EDGE ISSUES IN SOCIOLOGY 565 30 After Neoliberalism: Whither Capitalism? 567Robert J. Antonio 31 Organized Coercion and Political Authority: Armed Conflict in a World of States 588Meyer Kestnbaum 32 Science and Technology: Now and in the Future 609Mark Erickson and Frank Webster 33 The Internet, Web 2.0, and Beyond 626Nathan Jurgenson and George Ritzer Index 649
“This book therefore gives us an excellent representation of the current state of academic sociology in the Western world . . . This one can be recommended as a sound, comprehensive outline of the main fields of sociological study to those libraries that do not feel that they already have an adequate stock of recent books on the topic.” (Reference Reviews, 1 December 2012) “Graduate students will find this to be an excellent preparation for qualifying examination, and they and young faculty will find numerous ideas for research projects. Summing Up: Highly recommended. For universities and libraries of sociology graduate departments.” (Choice, 1 August 2012)
George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. His books include The McDonaldization of Society (6th edn., 2011), The Globalization of Nothing (2nd edn., 2007) Globalization: A Basic Text (2010). Ritzer has also received the American Sociological Association's Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award.
The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology presents a comprehensive and balanced overview of the major topics and emerging trends in the discipline of sociology today. Original chapters – carefully compiled and edited by award-winning sociology professor George Ritzer – represent the most cutting-edge work by leading sociological thinkers and bright emerging scholars from around the globe. After providing insights into research methods and theoretical foundations of classic and contemporary sociology, a variety of established sociological issues are explored – ranging from culture and crime to sexuality and politics. A final section of chapters features some of the latest sociological considerations, including the future of capitalism, terrorism, and emerging technologies. Reflecting the most innovative ideas and trends shaping the contemporary state of the discipline, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology boldly paves the way for the future of sociological thought.