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Chapter 3: The McDonaldization of American Sociology: A Metasociological Analysis

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The McDonaldization of American Sociology: A Metasociological Analysis
The McDonaldization of American sociology: A metasociological analysis

This chapter has three objectives. The first, and by far the most important, is to apply the concept of McDonaldization to sociology. Second, it seeks to embed this specific work within the sociology of sociology, or metasociology, especially the contributions of Pierre Bourdieu. Third, and much more briefly, this analysis is used to cast some new, or at least different, light on the current “crisis” in sociology.

The Sociology of Sociology and Metasociology

Before getting to the main objective of this chapter, I would like to place this work within the broader context of the sociology of sociology, or what I prefer to call metasociology (Ritzer, 1991, 1992). The sociology of sociology ...

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