The McDonaldization of Society / Edition 4

The McDonaldization of Society / Edition 4

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by George Ritzer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761988122

ISBN-13: 9780761988120

Pub. Date: 01/21/2004

Publisher: SAGE Publications

One of the most popular Sociology books of all time has been thoroughly updated to examine how Mc Donaldization has roared into the 21st century. The Mc Donaldization of Society, Revised New Century Edition discusses how Mc Donaldization and the broader process of globalization (in a new Chapter 8), are spreading more widely and more deeply into various social

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One of the most popular Sociology books of all time has been thoroughly updated to examine how Mc Donaldization has roared into the 21st century. The Mc Donaldization of Society, Revised New Century Edition discusses how Mc Donaldization and the broader process of globalization (in a new Chapter 8), are spreading more widely and more deeply into various social institutions such as education, medicine, the criminal justice system, and more. This Revised New Century Edition provides many new, relevant examples from recent events and contemporary popular culture, including the ever-increasing global proliferation of Mc Donald's and other fast food franchises, shopping malls, and similar commercial entities. Their impact is examined in the post-September 11, 2001 era.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761988120
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
01/21/2004
Edition description:
Revised New Century Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. An Introduction to Mc Donaldization
Mc Donalds as a Global Icon
The Long Arm of Mc Donaldization
The Dimensions of Mc Donaldization
The Advantages of Mc Donaldization
A Critique of Mc Donaldization: The Irrationality of Rationality
What Isn't Mc Donaldized
Mc Donald's Troubles: Implications for Mc Donaldization
A Look Ahead
2. Mc Donaldization and Its Precursors: From the Iron Cage to the Fast-Food Industry
Bureaucratization: Making Life More Rational
The Holocaust: Mass-Produced Death
Scientific Management: Finding the One Best Way
The Assembly Line: Turning Workers Into Robots
Levittown: Putting Up Houses - "Boom, Boom, Boom "
Shopping Centers: Malling America
Mc Donald's: Creating the "Fast-Food Factory "
Conclusion
3. Efficiency: Drive-Throughs and Finger Foods
Streamlining the Process
Simplifying the Product
Putting Customers to Work
Conclusion
4. Calculability: Big Macs and Little Chips
Emphasizing Quantity Rather Than Quality of Products
Giving the Illusion of Quantity
Reducing Production and Service to Number
Conclusion
5. Predictability: It Never Rains on Those Little Houses on the Hillside
Creating Predictable Settings
Scripting Ineraction With Customers
Making Employee Behavior Predictable
Creating Predictable Products and Processes
Minimizing Danger and Unpleasantness
Conclusion
6. Control: Human and Nonhuman Robots
Controlling Employees
Controlling Customers
Controlling the Process and the Product
The Ultimate Experience of Control? Birth and Death
Conclusion
7. The Irrationality of Rationality: Traffic Jams on Those "Happy Trails "
Inefficiency: Long Lines at the Checkout
High Cost: Better Off at Home
The Illusion of Fun: Ha, Ha, the Stock Market Just Crashed
The Illusion of Reality: Even the "Singers" Aren't Real
False Friendliness: "Hi, George "
Disenchantment: Where's the Magic
Health and Environmental Hazards: Even Your Pets Are at Risk
Homogenization: It's No Different in Paris
Dehumanization: Getting Hosed at "Trough and Brew "
Conclusion
8. Globalization and Mc Donaldization: Does It All Amount to... Nothing?
Globalization
Mc Donaldization and Grobalization
Nothing-Somthing and Mc Donaldization
Nothing-Something and Grobalization-Glocalization
The Case for Mc Donaldization as an Example of the Glocalization of Something
The Case for Mc Donaldization as an Example of the Grobalization of Nothing
Conclusion
9. Mc Donaldization in a Changing World: Are There Any Limits?
The Forces Driving Mc Donaldization: It Pays, We Value It, It Fits
Other Major Social Changes: Mc Donaldization in the Era of the "Posts "
Are There Any Limits to the Expansion of Mc Donaldization?
Looking to the Future: De-Mc Donaldization?
Conclusion
10. Dealing With Mc Donaldization: A Practical Guide
Creating "Reasonable" Alternatives: Sometimes You Really Do Have to Break the Rules
Fighting Back Collectively: Saving Hearts, Minds, Taste Buds, and the Piazza di Spagna
Coping Individually:" Skunk Works," Blindfolded Children, and Fantasy Worlds
Conclusion
Index
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The Mcdonaldization of Society 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting. Anyone who is interested in sociology should really consider reading this book. It is a great book for anyone who wants to know about how some business ideas helped shaped society. It also relates the ideas of rationalization to modern society using McDonalds as a leading example.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the glowing reviews of the book on this site, I couldn't wait to read 'McDonaldization of Society'. I have to say that I am very disappointed. The book seemed very repetitve and did not give me any new insights.