Explorations in the Sociology of Consumption: Fast Food, Credit Cards and Casinos
In this book, one of the leading social theorists and cultural commentators of modern times, turns his gaze on consumption. George Ritzer, author of the famous McDonaldization Thesis, demonstrates the irrational consequences of the rational desire to consume and commodify. He examines how McDonaldization might be resisted, and situates the reader in the new cultural spaces that are emerging in society: shopping malls, casino hotels, Disneyfied theme parks and Las Vegas, the new `cathedrals of consumption′ as he calls them. The book shows how new processes of consumption relate to globalization theory. In illuminating discussions of the work of Thorstein Veblen and the French situationists, Ritzer unearths the roots of problems of consumption in older sociological traditions. He indicates how transgression is bound up with consumption, through an investigation of the obscene in popular and postmodern culture.
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Chapter 2 The Irrationality of Rationality
Chapter 3 Some Thoughts on the Future of McDonaldization
Nor are its settings consumer or the consumption of its goods and services
A critique of the global credit card society
Chapter 6 Enchanting a disenchanted
The future belongs to the immaterial means of consumption
Lessons from the exportation of McDonaldization and the new means of consumption
Chapter 9 The new means of consumption and the situationist perspective
Chapter 10 Thorstein Veblen in the age of hyperconsumption
Fast food credit cards casinos and consumers
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