Enchanting a Disenchanted World

Enchanting a Disenchanted World

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The only book to connect the everyday world of the 20-something undergraduate consumer with sound sociological analysis of the world of consumption Enchanting a Disenchanted World, Third Edition examines Disney, malls, cruise lines, Las Vegas, the world wide web, Planet Hollywood, credit cards, and all the other ways we now consume. Thoroughly updated to reflect the recent economic recession and the impact of the internet, bestselling author George Ritzer continues to explore this booka€™s central thesis: that our society has undergone fundamental change because of the way and the level at which we consume. This Third Edition demonstrates how we have created new qcathedralsq of consumption (places that enchant us so as to entice us to stay longer and consume more) while continuing to take capitalism to a new level. These places of consumption, whether in our homes, the mall, or cyberspace, are in a constant state of qenchanting the disenchanted, q luring us through new spectacles because their rational qualities are both necessary and deadening at the same time. New and Hallmark Features Offers a unique analysis of the world of consumption, especially the settings in which consumption takes place Discusses the recent global economic recession throughout Offers rich details on consuming in such places as Las Vegas, Disney World, on cruise ships, in Wal-Mart, at McDonalda€™s, and, new to this edition, on the Web Includes a wide range of theoretical perspectivesa€”Marxian, Weberian, critical theory, postmodern theorya€”as well as a number of concepts such as hyperconsumption, implosion, simulation, and time and space to show students how sociological theory can be applied to everyday phenomena... at extracting money from those who use their services (e.g., high-priced suites at baseball and football games; food courts that resemble ... Many of these things have now found their way to the college level in football stadiums and basketball arenas (e.g., the renovated ... of Oriole Park (Ripken Stadium) built in the small town of Aberdeen, Maryland, by former Oriole Star Cal Ripken Jr. for his team, the anbsp;...

Title:Enchanting a Disenchanted World
Author:George Ritzer
Publisher:Pine Forge Press - 2010


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