George Ritzer

George Ritzer

University of Maryland

George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. Among his awards are: Honorary Doctorate from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia; Honorary Patron, University Philosophical Society, Trinity College, Dublin; and the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award.

He has chaired the American Sociological Association’s Section on Theoretical Sociology, as well as the Section on Organizations and Occupations, was the first Chair of the section on Global and Transnational Sociology, and is chair-elect of the section on Historical Sociology.

Among his books are The McDonaldization of Society (6th ed., 2008), Enchanting a Disenchanted World (3rd ed. 2010), and The Globalization of Nothing (2nd ed., 2007). His most recent book is Globalization: A Basic Text (Blackwell, 2010) and he edited the The Blackwell Companion to Globalization (2008). He was founding editor of the Journal of Consumer Culture. He also edited the eleven-volume Encyclopedia of Sociology (2007) and the two-volume Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2005) and the Encyclopedia of Globalization (2012).

Current essays deal with the “prosumer” (one who simultaneously produces and consumes), especially on Web 2.0 sites such as Wikipedia and Facebook, and he is editing a special double-issue of the American Behavioral Scientist on that topic. His books have been translated into over twenty languages, with over a dozen translations of The McDonaldization of Society alone.

Read the abstract of the paper Professor Ritzer presented for STI's Being Human in a Consumer Society experts meeting.