Enchanting a Disenchanted World: Revolutionizing the Means of Consumption / Edition 2

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Overview

The Second Edition of Enchanting a Disenchanted World: Revolutionizing the Means of Consumption is a unique analysis of the world of consumption, examining how we are different consumers now than we were in the past, both in the U.S. and around the world. In the process of understanding this social development, a wide range of theoretical perspectives including Marxian, Weberian, critical theory, and postmodern theory are applied. The book also looks at concepts such as hyperconsumption, implosion, time and space, and simulation .

Enchanting a Disenchanted World connects the everyday world in a sociological and theoretical way, making it an ideal text for a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses including introductory sociology, sociology of consumption , social change, popular culture, sociology of leisure, social theory, and economic sociology. The book will also be of value to anyone interested in exploring a sociological analysis of the world’s changing and expanding patterns and places of consumption.

"...in this book, you are invited to take a close look at the sometimes radical effect the new means of consumption have had on the way we think and live."

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Editorial Reviews

Gary Alan Fine

"I like the fact that the book is relatively even-handed - appreciating spectacle even while forcing students to question critically the effects of consumption in their lives and those of their fellow citizens. "

Kevin Fox Gotham

"Enchanting a Disenchanted World is a tour de force. Drawing upon a rich array of examples, George Ritzer provides an original and insightful analysis of the new means of consumption and how they are transforming our lives. . . . Analytically crisp, jargon free, and packed with fresh illustrations, Enchanting a Disenchanted World is equally effective as an engaging read for specialists and a lucid text for classroom use. Highly recommended to scholars and students. "

Ann Branaman

"I think this is a great book! I have enjoyed working with it, and so have my students. . . . I especially like the chapters that deal with social theory. These chapters are very effective in presenting social theory to students, as they contain very clear and straightforward explanations of the ideas of otherwise very complex and difficult social theorists. "

Katya Makarova

"I think this is a good undergraduate text which can engage students in lively discussions of many recent trends in consumer culture. "

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761988199
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

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 La Trobe University in Australia. His best-known work, The Mc Donaldization 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 Mc Graw-Hill; Mc Donaldization: The Reader; and other works of critical sociology related to the Mc Donalization 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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Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1. A Tour of the New Means of Consumption
Chapter 2. The Revolution in Consumption and the Larger Society
Chapter 3. Social Theory and the New Means of Consumption
Chapter 4. Rationalization, Enchantment, and Disenchantment
Chapter 5. Reenchantment: Creating Spectacle through Extravaganzas and Simulations
Chapter 6. Reenchantment: Creating Spectacle through Implosion, Time, and Space
Chapter 7. Landscapes of Consumption
Chapter 8. Societal Implications and the Future of the New Means of Consumption
Notes
Index
About the Author

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