Dialectics of something and nothing: critical reflections on Ritzer's globalization analysis

Douglas Kellner (University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA)

critical perspectives on international business

ISSN: 1742-2043

Publication date: 1 December 2005



Seeks to provide critical reflections on George Ritzer's globalization analysis.


Draws on a critical reading of Ritzer's work, in particular, his most recent book The Globalization of Nothing.


Highlights Ritzer's neglect of the dialectic of production and consumption, a dialectic that the author views as central to globalization.


The contributions and limitations of Ritzer's book are identified and discussed.



Kellner, D. (2005), "Dialectics of something and nothing: critical reflections on Ritzer's globalization analysis", critical perspectives on international business, Vol. 1 No. 4, pp. 263-272. https://doi.org/10.1108/17422040510629737

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