Book — 1 online resource (xii, 303 pages) Digital: data file.
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.
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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. (source: Nielsen Book Data)