Encyclopedia of Social Theory by George Ritzer, who is a distinguished professor of sociology at the University of Maryland and a leading scholar of globalization, consumerism, and social theory. This book was published in 2004 by SAGE Publications1. It is a two-volume set that contains more than 300 entries on various topics, concepts, theories, theorists, and schools of thought in the field of social theory. It covers the historical and contemporary developments, achievements, and prospects of social theory from its inception in the 18th century to the present. It also provides a master bibliography, a reader’s guide, and extensive biographical coverage of major theorists1.

The book is intended for students, researchers, and general readers who want to learn more about the origins, diversity, and relevance of 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. The theories covered include:

  • Critical Theory
  • Enlightenment
  • Ethnomethodology
  • Exchange Theory
  • Feminism
  • Marxist Theory
  • Multiculturalism
  • Phenomenology
  • Postmodernism
  • Rational Choice
  • Structural Functionalism
  • Symbolic Interactionism
  • and many more1

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