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Overview

One of the most noteworthy and popular sociology books of all time, The McDonaldization of Society demonstrates the power of the sociological imagination to today's readers in a way that few books have been able to do. It is ideal for use in a wide range of undergraduate courses and will be of equal interest to anyone interested in social criticism. This book links a large number of social phenomena to McDonaldization, some which are directly affected by the principles of the fast-food restaurant and others where the effect is more indirect.

Disc. sociological principles incl. efficiency, predictability, control, calculability, etc.

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Editorial Reviews

Jonathan H. Turner

"One of the most important and influential works of the last half of this century. . . . Ritzer was both an analyst and a prophet in this classic work, which is as relevant today as it was a decade ago."

Simon Cordery

"Every time I have used McDonaldization, class meetings have been characterized by active discussions in which virtually all students participate."

Nathan W. Pino

"Most undergraduate students today have never lived in an un-McDonald world, and because this book speaks to them, it sparks lively class discussion. This new edition is finely updated, and even more interesting, as it demonstrates the globalization of McDonaldization and the various different cultures individually adapt to it."

James D. Cover

"Ritzer’s texts is in a class by itself. I can’t think of another as insightful and enjoyable."

Jonathan H. Turner
"One of the most important and influential works of the last half of this century. . . . Ritzer was both an analyst and a prophet in this classic work, which is as relevant today as it was a decade ago."
Simon Cordery
"Every time I have used Mc Donaldization, class meetings have been characterized by active discussions in which virtually all students participate."
Nathan W. Pino
"Most undergraduate students today have never lived in an un-Mc Donald world, and because this book speaks to them, it sparks lively class discussion. This new edition is finely updated, and even more interesting, as it demonstrates the globalization of Mc Donaldization and the various different cultures individually adapt to it."
James D. Cover
"Ritzer’s texts is in a class by itself. I can’t think of another as insightful and enjoyable."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761986287
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/19/2000
  • Series: Sociology Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (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 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 McDonaldization 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

An Introduction to McDonaldization
McDonaldization and Its Precursors
From the Iron Cage to the Fast-Food Factory
Efficiency
Drive-Throughs and Finger Food
Calculability
Big Macs and Little Chips
Predictability
It Never Rains on Those Little Houses on the Hillside
Control
Human and Nonhuman Robots
The Irrationality of Rationality
Traffic Jams on Those 'Happy Trails'
Frontiers of McDonaldization
Birth, Death, and Death-Defying Acts
McDonaldization in a Changing World
Are There No Limits?
Dealing with McDonaldization
A Practical Guide
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2006

    loved it

    The McDonaldization of Society was a very good book. It dealt with how a simple thing like McDonalds restaurant has revolutionized the world. The first chapter informs the reader with facts about McDonalds, while the rest of the chapters deal with how McDonalds is changing the world. Ritzer goes from as in depth as a simple recipe to how McDonaldization has changed the giving birth procedure. The book goes through many different aspects of McDonaldization. Ritzer highlights four key points to making McDonaldization perfect. The four key points are efficiency, calculability, predictability, and control. In my evaluation of the book, the author¿s method was very effective and the facts to back up the information were very good. I really enjoyed reading this book, while learning a lot. I would read it again, and most likely will.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2003

    This book really puts your brain to work

    It's amazing how Ritzer used certain ideas to question the way in which one lives. I took a class this summer and this book really helped me to expand my horizons and look the whole picture. This man is very amazing as well as convincing. I definitely reccommend this book to everyone, no matter your race, sexuality, or financial status.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2003

    Ritzer is a genius

    And a great professor...took a class of his at The University of Maryland. Fascinating book.

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