The eighth edition of Sociological Theory by George Ritzer, one of the foremost authorities on sociological theory, gives readers a comprehensive overview of the major theorists and schools of sociological thought. Key theories are integrated with biographical sketches of theorists, and theories are placed in their historical and intellectual context. This helps students to better understand the original works of classical and modern theorists as well as to compare and contrast the latest substantive theories.
"Ritzer's text is extremely well-organized and provides a detailed analysis of each theory. In addition, the personal insights into the theorists and linkages between theories are invaluable for students in making sometimes difficult connections."---Christopher Faircloth, Xavier University of Louisiana
"I don't need to be convinced to use this text I love it and learn so much from it every time I use it. Every new edition represents a high-quality snapshot of where we are currently in sociology and where we came from."---Diane Kayongo-Male, South Dakota State University
"Overall, the best survey text in sociological theory on the market."---Robert Carrothers, Ohio Northern University
"The text is outstandingly written. Ritzer is a master at helping students to understand and comprehend sociological theory.---John Bartkowski, University of Texas at San Antonio
"I really think this text challenges the students to grow in their theoretical development of sociological theory. The text is well-organized, well-written, and thorough. This is why I have been using it for eight years and will continue to use it."---Kimberly Alexander, Lock Haven University
"In my estimation, the Ritzer textbook is superb! I am quite enthralled by the way Dr. Ritzer organizes the subject material, how he notes the sociological theoretical material in a historical/primary theorist framework, and its inclusiveness (mention of Du Bois and feminist contributions to sociological theory, etc.)"---Walter Harper, University of Rhode Island
"An excellent text for an undergraduate survey theory class that covers classical, modern and contemporary sociological theories. Also, a very useful text for faculty to have on hand to act as a reference/refresher in the breach."---Brian Lowe, SUNY College at Oneonia