I GOT PLENTY O’ NUTTIN’
Laurie Taylor meets one of the world’s best-selling sociologists at the British Sociological Association’s annual conference in York.
Amidst musings on the not untasty subjects of Desire, Excess and Waste, George Ritzer Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland and author of The Macdonaldization of Society reflects on a career devoted to how we are made to spend what we spend and on what.
The theory is that in tandem with Marx’s idea that workers were exploited by the means of production, consumers are now being exploited by the means of consumption courtesy of huge cathedrals devoted to the credit card and, according to Ritzer, full of precisely nothing.
Laurie Taylor will be learning just how he manages to spend so much on nothing, why it is not just America’s fault and what this trend has got to do with feeling safe.
Books by George Ritzer
The Globalisation of Nothing
(to be published in 2004)
The McDonaldization of Society
Sage Publications Inc (USA) - Pine Forge ISBN 0761986286
Expressing America: A Critique of the Global Credit Card Society
Sage Publications Inc (USA) - Pine Forge ISBN 0803990448
The McDonaldization Thesis: Explorations and Extensions
Sage Publications Ltd
Enchanting a Disenchanted World: Revolutionizing the Means of Consumption
Sage Publications Inc (USA) - Pine Forge ISBN 0761985115
I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
Performers: Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
CD: Porgy and Bess
Composer: George Gershwin
Publisher: 1958 Verve Records, Inc. USA
Record no.: 827 475 2
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