The Blackwell Companion to Major Contemporary Social Theorists

The Blackwell Companion to Major Contemporary Social Theorists

Editor(s): George Ritzer

Published Online: 10 DEC 2007

Print ISBN: 9781405105958

Online ISBN: 9780470999912

DOI: 10.1002/9780470999912

About this Book

The Blackwell Companion to Major Contemporary Social Theorists is a survey of contemporary social theory that focuses on the thinkers themselves. In original essays especially commissioned for this volume, leading experts and practitioners examine the life and work of 13 major theorists such as Elias, Baudrillard, Giddens, and Butler.


  • Includes 13 original essays by leading scholars on major contemporary social theorists.
  • Covers key figures such as Elias, Goffman, Foucault, Habermas, Giddens, Bourdieu, and Butler.
  • Essays include biographical sketches, the social and intellectual context, and the impact of the thinker's work on social theory generally.
  • Includes bibliographies of the theorist's most important works as well as key secondary works.
  • Can be used in conjunction with The Blackwell Companion to Major Classical Social Theorists, edited by George Ritzer, for a complete reference source in social theory.

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