Resisting McDonaldization / edited by Barry Smart.

by Smart, BarryLooking glass.

Publisher: London : SAGE, 1999.Description: x,261 pages ; 25cm.ISBN: 0761955178; 0761955186.Subject(s): AcculturationLooking glass | Consumer behaviorLooking glass | Consumption (Economics)Looking glass | Fast food restaurants -- Social aspects | Social changeLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

George Ritzer's McDonaldization thesis argued that contemporary life is succumbing to the standardization, flexibility and practicability of fast-food service. This book brings together specially commissioned papers by leading social and cultural analysts to engage in a critical appraisal of the thesis. The contributors discuss the roots of the thesis, the rationalization of late modern life, the effects of increasing cultural commodification, the continuing prominence of American cultural and economic imperialism and the impact of globalization on social and cultural life. The strengths and weaknesses of the McDonaldization thesis are clearly evaluated and the irrational consequences of rationalization are pinpointed and critically developed. The book enlarges our understanding of how everyday life is structured by new standards of bureaucratic control and performance-related criteria and plays a major role in illuminating how identity and practice are structured today. The volume concludes with a response from George Ritzer.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Resisting McDonaldization
  • Theory, Process and Critique
  • Golden Arches and Iron Cages
  • McDonaldization and the Poverty of Cultural Pessimism at the End of the Twentieth Century
  • Have You Had Your Theory Today?
  • McDonaldization Enframed
  • Rich Food
  • McDonald's and Modern Life
  • McCitizens
  • Risk, Coolness and Irony in Contemporary Politics
  • Theme Parks and McDonaldization
  • The McDonaldization of Sport and Leisure
  • McDonaldized Culture - The End of Communication?
  • Art Centres
  • Southern Folk Art and the Splintering of a Hegemonic Market
  • Dennis Hopper, McDonald's and Nike
  • Theorizing/Resisting McDonaldization
  • A Multiperspectivist Approach
  • The Moral Malaise of McDonaldization
  • The Values of Vegetarianism
  • McFascism? Reading Ritzer, Bauman and the Holocaust
  • Assessing the Resistance

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