George Ritzer, Wendy Wiedenhoft Murphy
The fully updated Fifth Edition of Introduction to Sociology, authored by bestselling author George Ritzer, aims to demonstrate the relevance of sociology to your everyday life. This comprehensive textbook provides a strong foundation by exploring traditional sociological concepts and theories while also delving into some of the most compelling contemporary social phenomena.
The book covers a range of topics, including globalization, consumer culture, the Internet, and the concept of “McDonaldization” in society. By examining these subjects, Ritzer highlights how sociology can help us understand and analyze the complex social dynamics of our modern world.
The Fifth Edition incorporates current examples and the latest research to illustrate how sociologists are actively engaging with pressing social issues. By examining the work of “public” sociologists, who apply sociological insights to address real-world problems, the book encourages readers to adopt a sociological perspective and actively participate in the global conversation about contemporary social problems.
Through its comprehensive coverage and application-oriented approach, this updated edition of Introduction to Sociology empowers readers to develop a sociological lens through which they can critically analyze and understand the social world. By exploring both traditional and contemporary sociological concepts, the book equips readers with the tools to navigate the complexities of society and actively contribute to the discussion of current social problems.