Essentials of Sociology

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Essentials of Sociology, Third Edition, adapted from George Ritzer’s Introduction to Sociology, provides the same rock-solid foundation from one of sociology's best-known thinkers in a shorter and more streamlined format. Ritzer and new co-author Wendy Wiedenhoft Murphy continue to illuminate traditional sociological concepts and theories and focus on some of the most compelling features of contemporary social life: globalization, consumer culture, the internet, and the “McDonaldization” of society. With examples on every page from current events and contemporary research, and stories about “public” sociologists who are engaging with the critical issues of today, the text demonstrates the power of sociology to explain the world and the diversity of questions that sociologists seek to answer.