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Overview

The only book to connect the everyday world of the undergraduate consumer with sound sociological analysis of the world of consumption

Enchanting a Disenchanted World, Third Edition, examines Disney, malls, cruise lines, Las Vegas, the World Wide Web, Planet Hollywood, credit cards, and all the other ways we now consume. Thoroughly updated to reflect the recent economic recession and the impact of the Internet, this work by best-selling author George Ritzer continues to explore a central thesis: that our society has undergone fundamental change because of the way and the level at which we consume.

This Third Edition demonstrates how we have created new "cathedrals" of consumption (places that enchant us so as to entice us to stay longer and consume more) while continuing to take capitalism to a new level. These places of consumption, whether in our homes, the mall, or cyberspace, are in a constant state of "enchanting the disenchanted," luring us through new spectacles because their rational qualities are both necessary and deadening at the same time.

New and Hallmark Features

Offers a unique analysis of the world of consumption, especially the settings in which consumption takes place

Discusses the recent global economic recession throughout

Offers rich details on consuming in such places as Las Vegas and Disney World, on cruise ships, in Wal-Mart, at McDonald's, and, new to this edition, on the Web

Includes a wide range of theoretical perspectives-Marxian, Weberian, critical theory, postmodern theory-as well as a number of concepts such as hyperconsumption, implosion, simulation, and time and space to show students how sociological theory can be applied toeveryday phenomena

Intended Audience

Enchanting in a Disenchanted World, Third Edition, brings life to a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses, including Introductory Sociology, Social Problems, Sociological Theory, Economic Sociology, Sociology of Culture, and Sociology 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 Donaldization 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 2014 he published the second edition of Introduction to Sociology with SAGE.

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Table of Contents

1 A Tour of the New Means of Consumption

2 The Revolution in Consumption and the Larger Society

3 Social Theory and the New Means of Consumption

4 Rationalization, Enchantment, and Disenchantment

5 Reenchantment: Creating Spectacle Through Extravaganzas and Simulations

6 Reenchantment: Creating Spectacle Through Implosion, Time, and Space

7 Landscapes of Consumption

8 The Cathedrals (and Landscapes) of Consumption: Continuity and Change

Notes

Index

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