Consumed How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole

ISBN-10: 0393330893
ISBN-13: 9780393330892
Edition: 2008
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Description: "Powerful and disturbing. No one who cares about the future of our public life can afford to ignore this book."Jackson Lears A powerful sequel to Benjamin R. Barber's best-sellingJihad vs. McWorld, Consumedoffers a vivid portrait of an  More...

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.748

"Powerful and disturbing. No one who cares about the future of our public life can afford to ignore this book."Jackson Lears A powerful sequel to Benjamin R. Barber's best-sellingJihad vs. McWorld, Consumedoffers a vivid portrait of an overproducing global economy that targets children as consumers in a market where there are never enough shoppers and where the primary goal is no longer to manufacture goods but needs. To explain how and why this has come about, Barber brings together extensive empirical research with an original theoretical framework for understanding our contemporary predicament. He asserts that in place of the Protestant ethic once associated with capitalismencouraging self-restraint, preparing for the future, protecting and self-sacrificing for children and community, and other characteristics of adulthoodwe are constantly being seduced into an "infantilist" ethic of consumption.

Benjamin Barber was born in 1939. He studied at the Albert Schweitzer College, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Grinnell College, and Harvard University. He currently holds the Walt Whitman Chair of Political Science at Rutgers University. He is also the Director of the Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy. Barber is a noted writer and commentator on the American political scene with such works as An Aristocracy of Everyone, Strong Democracy, and Jihad vs McWorld. In addition to his books, Barber is a frequent contributor to such magazines as The Atlantic, Harper's Magazine, and The New York Times. He coauthored the prize-winning, ten-part PBS/CBC television series The Struggle for Democracy. Barber is also a playwright. He has held Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships.

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