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The McDonaldization of Society: An Investigation Into the Changing Character of Contemporary Social Life Paperback – January 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0803990777 ISBN-10: 0803990774 Edition: Revised

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Pine Forge Press; Revised edition (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803990774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803990777
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Ritzer analyzes the way McDonaldized systems work to increase efficiency while lowering quality, how we accept bland homogeneity for the sake of convenience while stifling diversity. An outstanding book of sociology, written with uncommon grace and humor.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
Finally someone to critique this whole SUV-driving,fast-food gobbling, ATM, credit-card debting, Banana Republic we have created...
This book, for me, almost read like a comedy, especially when Ritzer describes the "iron cage of McDonaldization" - how devices that were designed to save Americans time and money - fast food windows, ATM machines - actually end up wasting more time and money. Intelligent theory underlies his arguments. I'm thinking many aspects of the Internet could be the same way...Best quote was from the teenager in Dale City, Va., who, when McDonald's came to their town, said: "Nothing this big has ever happened to Dale City."
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Taylor on December 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
George Ritzer's book, The McDonaldization of Society was one of the most eye opening books I have ever read. Ritzer did a fabulous job of breaking down society into a simple example of fast food chains. Refering to our society as following the idea of fast food chains- predictable, calculable, efficient, and controlling, Ritzer not only described society today, but also used clear examples of how society will adapt and be effected by McDonaldization in the future.
I was so unaware of the effects of McDonaldization on society, not only are we becoming robots in a way, but also we are starting to move so quickly in everything we do that people are forgetting to enjoy life. I loved everything about this book, from the examples Ritzer used to the knowledge it brought forth to me.
The only downfall of the book was how synical I have become since reading it. The McDonaldization of Society informed me with so much knowledge it made me take a step back and analyze the things around me. All I have to say is I think we have a scary world ahead of us. I mean seriously who want to live in a robot society?....I certainly don't .
Overall The McDonaldization of Society is a book I would recommend to read, but be prepared of what you are about to embark upon.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
George Ritzer's book serves as a brilliant eye-opener into the workings of America's consumer society. It is obvious after reading his work that very few aspects of the American way of life are immune to the sickness of McDonaldization. The most astonishing aspect about this sickness is that the vast majority of those who are afflicted with it do not realize it. McDonaldization is distorted by it's proponents to appear as some sort of blessing from heaven. All such forms of manipulative propaganda are addressed in the various chapters of the book. Ritzer demonstrates genuine nobility by concluding his painfully realistic criticism with countermeasures to be taken to prevent the destruction of free thought that often happens when we live in mechanized society's like that of America. The reader below, from Colton, WA, apparently has been so heavily inflicted by McDonaldization that only the short term benefits are realized while the destructive, long term effects are beyond this person's short-sighted vision.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 1997
Format: Paperback
I've used this as required reading for a college sociology course. Students get uncomfortable with it, because it so
clearly describes the bleak and meaningless landscape being created by a society they've been told again and again they should be enjoying. Ritzer takes the "fast food" exemplar and shows us how we are all living the "fast life" -- devoid of variety and substance. This book, a social criticism, resonates neatly with a work of fiction: George Saunder's "Civilwarland in Bad Decline." Perhaps we are finally beginning to see a disturbing future much closer than the horizon???
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