Synopses & Reviews
This companion to the bestselling The McDonaldization of Society includes a selection of articles and excerpts that focus on the application and extension of the idea of McDonaldization to a wide range of social phenomena, issues, and settings, including the church, state, theme parks, mountain climbing, the sex industry, the family, the police, higher education, the Internet, and more.
With an eye on the events of 9/11/01 and after, this accessible collection provides insights into the way McDonaldization is affecting cultures around the world, the ways in which it does or does not adapt to particular cultures, and various social movements from around the globe that have emerged in opposition to McDonaldization. The book is organized into the following three sections with a concluding essay that reflects on the future of McDonaldization:
- McDonaldization: Basics, Studies, Applications, and Extensions
- The McDonaldization of Social Structures and Institutions
- Culture, Cross-Cultural Analysis, and Social Change
McDonaldization: The Reader is designed for use with or without The McDonaldization of Society and is an ideal supplemental text for a multitude of courses including introductory sociology; social problems; sociology of organizations, institutions, and structures; social change; sociological theory; sociology of work; economic sociology; sociology of consumption; American studies; and popular culture.
The Second Edition of this bestselling Reader has been expanded to include interviews with important, recent contributors to the understanding of McDonaldizaton: Morgan Spurlock, Supersize Me and Eric Schlosser Fast Food Nation.
McDonaldization retains its wide array of sources, from journal articles to essays, from edited books to newspaper and magazine articles. In this new edition, articles have been edited to limit repetition. Discussion questions and `thinking critically' sections have been added to aid in reviewing the material presented and further extending the conversation about and surrounding McDonaldization.
The Second Edition of McDonaldization: The Reader includes a wide array of sources, from journal articles, to essays from edited books, to newspaper, and magazine articles. George Ritzer, best-selling author of McDonaldization of Society, has updated this popular anthology to build upon and go beyond the thesis of McDonaldization. Classic articles from the First Edition remain in this volume and are supplemented by a significant number of new pieces which bring the discussion about McDonaldization up to date.