Doing Sociology #5 – “McDonaldization of Society”

Doing Sociology #5 – “McDonaldization of Society”

ASSIGNMENT                                                                                                 DUE____________________     

Do research on the Internet about (or ideally, READ) the book “McDonaldization of Society” written by George Ritzer, first edition in 1993.  Look for a youtube video of a lecture or interview with George Ritzer. 

PAPER:  Write a 2-3 page paper answering the following questions:

  1. In 2-3 paragraphs, summarize the main points in “McDonaldization of Society.”

  2. What is McDonaldization?  What are some examples of McDonaldization given in the book?

  3. What are some of the advantages of McDonaldization? Discuss efficiency, calculability, predictability, and control.

  4. What is rationality and how does it relate to Ritzer’s argument?

  5. Do you think the advantages of McDonaldization outweigh the disadvantages? Explain.

  6. Summarize a youtube video you watched of George Ritzer.

  7. List five (5) ways in your daily life that you could resist McDonaldization.

Grading – 10 points

– College effort (typed, spell check, etc.): 5
– Thorough: 5

*LATE: points taken off at my discretion.  No papers accepted more than two weeks late.

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