Prof. George Ritzer

George Ritzer

Distinguished University Professor of Sociology
University of Maryland (USA)

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Education: B.A. in Psychology at City College of New York; M.B.A. at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior at Cornell University.

Research interests: Social theory and metatheory; Economic sociology; Sociology of science; Globalization theory; Sociology of consumption; Industrial sociology; Political sociology; Theory of rationalization.

Present positions: Editor, Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology ● Editor, Journal of Consumer Culture ● Associate Editor, Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change ● Editorial Board, Sociology Analysis ● Consulting Editor: St. Martin Press/Worth, Series on Contemporary Social Issues; Sage of England, Series on Cultural Icons; McGraw-Hill.

Awards and acknowledgments:Who’s Who in Social Science Higher Education, 2004; Who’s Who in American Education; Who’s Who in the World; Who’s Who in the Est ● Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award 2000, American Sociological Association ● Barry Smart has edited a book, Resisting McDonaldization, Sage, 1999, devoted to essays on Ritzer's McDonaldization thesis ● Mark Alfino, John Caputo and Robin Wynyard have edited a volume,  McDonaldization Revisited, Greenwood Press, 1998, also involving essays on Ritzer's McDonaldization ● Special issue of the Dutch journal Sociale Wetenschappen 4, 1996 devoted to Rotzer's book "The McDonaldization of Society".

Some web resources on Professor Ritzer: Ritzer's page on Wikipedia ( ● Video Interviews with George Ritzer ( ● Being (George Ritzer) and Nothingness: An Interview with George Ritzer (by Steven Dandaneau and Robin Dodsworth, published in The American Sociologist / Winter 2006: ● A Consuming Passion: An Interview with George Ritzer (by Steven Dandaneau and Robin Dodsworth, 2006: ● D. Jensen interviews Ritzer on the disappearance of authentic American culture, 2002 ( ● Interview to Ritzer by One-Off Productions, 1997 ( ● Among modern social theorists, at Professor Elwell's website ( ● George Ritzer Room (with original works online: ● Videolectures: George Ritzer’s discussion: The Rise of the Prosumer, December 2009 (video:


(2010) George Ritzer. Globalization: A basic text. Wiley-Blackwell (Anteprima limitata: - type title)

(2006) George Ritzer. An introduction to McDonaldization (

(2005) George Ritzer. The Weberian theory of rationalization and the McDonaldization of contemporary society. In: Peter Kivisto (ed.) Illuminating social life: Classical and contemporary theory revisited. Sage (

(2005) George Ritzer, Enchanting a disenchanted world. (2nd edition) Pine Forge Press (Anteprima limitata: - type title)

(2005) George Ritzer (ed.), Encyclopedia of social theory(vol. I) Sage (Anteprima limitata: - type title)

(2004) George Ritzer, The McDonaldization of society. Sage (Revised new century edition) (Anteprima limitata: - type title)

(2004) George Ritzer (ed.), Handbook of social problems: A comparative international perspective. Sage (Anteprima limitata: - type title)

(2003) George Ritzer (ed.), Blackwell companion to major social theorists. Blakwell (Anteprima limitata: - type title)

(2003) George Ritzer. Islands of the living dead: The social geography of McDonaldization, American Behavioral Scientist (special issue), 47, 2: 119-136 (

(2001) George Ritzer, Barry Smart (eds.) Handbook of social theory. Sage (Anteprima limitata: - type title)

(2001) George Ritzer, Explorations in the sociology of consumption: Fast food restaurants, cards and casinos (Anteprima limitata: - type title)

(2000) George Ritzer, Elizabeth Malone. Globalization theory: Lessons from the exportation of McDonaldization and the new means of consumption. American Studies, 41: 97-118 (

(1998) George Ritzer, The McDonaldization thesis. Sage casinos (Anteprima limitata: - type title)

(1991) George Ritzer, I never met a metatheory I didn’t like. Mid-American Review of Sociology vol. 15: 21-32 (

(1990) George Ritzer, Metatheoretical analysis of socioeconomics. Mid-American Review of Sociology vol. 14: 27-43 (

(1978) George Ritzer, Reflections on the paradigmatic status of sociology, Mid-American Review of Sociology, Winter: 1-15 (

Working papers and drafts:

(2009) George Ritzer, Nathan Jurgenson. Production, consumption, prosumption: The nature of capitalism in the age of the digital “prosumer” (

(2008) George Ritzer. Focusing on the Prosumer: On correcting an error in the history of social theory (

(2006) George Ritzer, Craig Lair. Outsourcing: Globalization and Beyond. Culture in context: Pragmatics, industries, technologies, geopolitics. Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Sept. 16-17 (

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