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Explorations in Social Theory
From Metatheorizing to Rationalization


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April 2001 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
George Ritzer is one of the leading social and cultural commentators of the present day. In this essential new book he considers some of the main tendencies in contemporary social theory. Included here are Ritzer's latest reflections on the uses and misuses of metatheory. According to Ritzer, sociology is a multiparadigm science. The differences and intensities of rivalries between paradigms are often very confusing for students and even for professional sociologists. This book seeks to find a way out of the confusion by sketching out the lineaments of a new integrated sociological paradigm and demonstrates how this paradigm can be applied. It shows the various ways in which Ritzer has developed rationalization theory to shed light on professional integration, the shape of consumer culture, hyperrationality and the state of sociology today.

 
PART ONE: METATHEORIZING
 
Metatheorizing in Sociology
 
The Delineation of an Underlying Architectonic
 
Sociology
A Multiple Paradigm Science

 
 
Toward an Integrated Sociological Paradigm
Image of the Subject Matter

 
 
Potential Examplars for an Integrated Sociological Paradigm
 
Methodological Relationism
Lessons for and from Social Psychology

 
 
From Exclusion to Inclusion to Chaos (?) In Sociological Theory
 
The Implications of Postmodern Social Theory for Metatheorizing in Sociology
 
PART TWO: RATIONALIZATION THEORY
 
Rationalization and Deprofessionalization of Physicians
 
The McDonaldization of Society
 
Hyperrationality
An Extension of Weberian and Neo-Weberian Theory

 
 
Mannheim's Theory of Rationalization
An Alternative Resource for the McDonaldization Thesis?

 
 
The McDonaldization of American Sociology
A Metasociological Analysis

 

'This book is a book that all sociologists should read. It brings together in one volume many of the ideas that have made Ritzer one of the leading sociologist in the world. It should be a book on everyone's bookshelf' - Jonathan H Turner

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