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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology

  • ID: 4420503
  • Book
  • 680 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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
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Notes on Contributors viii

Introduction 1

George Ritzer


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


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


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

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