Explorations in the Sociology of Consumption: Fast Food, Credit Cards and Casinos

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SAGE, Jun 4, 2001 - Social Science - 257 pages
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In this book, one of the leading social theorists and cultural commentators of modern times, turns his gaze on consumption. George Ritzer, author of the famous McDonaldization Thesis, demonstrates the irrational consequences of the rational desire to consume and commodify. He examines how McDonaldization might be resisted, and situates the reader in the new cultural spaces that are emerging in society: shopping malls, casino hotels, Disneyfied theme parks and Las Vegas -- the new `cathedrals of consumption' as he calls them. The book shows how new processes of consumption relate to globalization theory. In illuminating discussions of the work of Thorstein Veblen and the French situationists, Ritzer unearths the roots of problems of consumption in older sociological traditions. He indicates how transgression is bound up with consumption, through an investigation of the obscene in popular and postmodern culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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Contents

The Irrationality of Rationality
23
Some Thoughts on the Future of McDonaldization
46
A Critique of the Global
71
Revolutionizing
108
The Future Belongs
145
Lessons
160
The New Means of Consumption
181
Thorstein Veblen in the Age of Hyperconsumption
203
Fast Food Credit Cards
222
References
236
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George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, where he has also been a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and won a Teaching Excellence Award. He was awarded the 2000 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award by the American Sociological Association and an honorary doctorate from LaTrobe University in Australia. His best-known work, The McDonaldization of Society, has been read by hundreds of thousands of students over two decades and translated into over a dozen languages.  Ritzer is also the author of a series best-selling social theory textbooks for McGraw-Hill;  McDonaldization: The Reader;  and other works of critical sociology related to the McDonalization thesis, including  A Critique of the Global Credit Card Society, Enchanting a Disenchanted World, The Globalization of Nothing, Globalization: A Basic Text, and The Outsourcing of Everything. He is the Editor of the Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2 vols.), the Encyclopedia of Sociology (11 vols.), and the Encyclopedia of Globalization (5 vols.), and is Founding Editor of the Journal of Consumer Culture. In 2012 he published the first edition of his new Introduction to Sociology with SAGE.

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