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George Ritzer

University of Maryland

George Ritzer, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, was named a Distinguished-Scholar Teacher there and received the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from La Trobe University and the Robin William Lectureship from the Eastern Sociological Society. He has chaired four Sections of the ASA—Theoretical Sociology, Organizations and Occupations, Global and Transnational Sociology, and the History of Sociology. Among his books in theory are Sociology: A Multiple Paradigm Science (1975/1980) and Metatheorzing in Sociology (1991). In the application of social theory to the social world, his books include The McDonaldization of Society: Into the Digital Age (9th ed., 2018), Enchanting a Disenchanted World (3rd ed. 2010), and The Globalization of Nothing (2nd ed., 2007). His books have been translated into over twenty languages, with more than a dozen translations of The McDonaldization of Society alone. Most of his widely cited work over the last decade—and currently—deals with prosumption.

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