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The SAGE edge site for Essentials of Sociology by George Ritzer and Wendy Wiedenhoft Murphy offers a robust online environment you can access anytime, anywhere, and features an impressive array of free tools and resources to keep you on the cutting edge of your learning experience.

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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.


We gratefully acknowledge George Ritzer and Wendy Wiedenhoft Murphy for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Sarah Calabi and The Boedeker Group for developing the ancillaries on this site.