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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
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.
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Notes on Contributors viii
Philosophy and Sociology
A Selective History of Sociology
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Basic Topics in Sociology
Action, Interaction, and Groups
Groups and Institutions, Structures and Processes
The Sociology of Organizations
The Changing Life Course
Deviance: A Sociology of Unconventionalities
Critical Sexualities Studies
Feeling Class: Affect and Culture in the Making of Class Relations
Racial and Ethnic Issues: Critical Race Approaches in the United States
Genders and Sexualities in Global Context: An Intersectional Assessment of Contemporary Scholarship
Changing Families: Fluidity, Partnership, and Family Structure
Sociology of Education
Sociology of Religion
Current Directions in Medical Sociology
Media and Communications
Work and Employment
The Sociology of Consumption
Cutting edge issues in sociology
After Neoliberalism: Whither Capitalism?
Organized Coercion and Political Authority: Armed Conflict in a World of States
Science and Technology: Now and in the Future
The Internet, Web 2.0, and Beyond
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