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Wilding of America Money, Mayhem, and the New American Dream

ISBN-10: 071678257X
ISBN-13: 9780716782575
Edition: 4th 2007
Authors: Charles Derber
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Description: The American dream champions individualism. But at what price? In this timely revision of The Wilding of America, Charles Derber chronicles the latest incidents of "wilding"-extreme acts of self-interested violence and greed-that signal an eroding  More...

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List price: $23.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Worth Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 206
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

The American dream champions individualism. But at what price? In this timely revision of The Wilding of America, Charles Derber chronicles the latest incidents of "wilding"-extreme acts of self-interested violence and greed-that signal an eroding of the moral landscape of American society. Despite the ever-increasing emphasis on individualism in America, Derber offers a communitarian alternative that is as inspiring as it is instructive. Recent wilding events, such as the social aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq, and recent government scandals, are highlighted in this new edition. Book jacket.

Charles Derber, Professor of Sociology at Boston College, has written for Newsday, Newsweek, Business Week, Time, the Christian Science Monitor, and other magazines. He speaks frequently on National Public Radio, talk radio, and television. His most recent book is Capitalism: Should You Buy It? An Invitation to Political Economy (Paradigm 2014).

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Good Man Fills His Own Stomach: All-American Crimes and Misdemeanors
Wilding in Black and White
The Mountain People: A Wilding Culture
The Ik in Us
Economic, Political, and Social Wilding
Wilding and Not Wilding: Varieties of Individualism
The Two Americas: Are We All Wilders?
Wilding and the New American Dream: Individualism Today and Yesterday
Roots of Wilding: Durkheim, Marx, and the Sociological Eye
The Ultimate Wilders: Prisoners of the American Dream
"Speed Demon on the Boulevard of Dreams"
Them and Us: Violence and the Oversocialized American Character
A Family of Competitors
Then and Now: An American Tragedy
Infanticide and the Honor Student
Cheaters, Cynics, Dot-Commers, and Survivors: Wilding Culture in the Media and Everyday Life
Temptation and Survival: Reality TV and the Ik-ing of America
Lost, House, and The Shield: TV Wilding for Men
Downtime: A New Wilding Recipe
Young and Wild: Drinking, Cheating, and Other Campus Sports
Grand Theft Auto, Doom 3, and Custer's Revenge: Video Wilding for Fun and Profit
All-American Drug Dealing: Unattainable Goals and Illegitimate Means
U.S. Business vs. Us: Global Capitalism and Corporate Wilding
A Fish Rots from the Head First
Capitalism vs. Community: Sociological Prophets and Global Profits
The Musical Chairs of Global Business: The New Corporate Wilding
Wilding around the World: The Third World as Global Sweatshop
Globalization without Wilding: The Future of Globalization after the Battle of Seattle
Enron: Systemic Wilding in the Corridors of Power
Enron and Systemic Wilding
Master of Unaccountable Accounting
Merrill Lynch and Wilding on Wall Street
George W. Bush and the Corporate State: Systemic Wilding in Washington, D.C.
Wilding in the Church: Unaccountable Brethren and Voices of the Faithful
Pedophilia, Sexual Abuse, and Rape: Wilding among the Priests
Cardinal Bernard Law and the Coverup: The Church as Institutional Wilder
Enron, the Corporate State, and the Church: Wilding and the Collapse of Institutional Accountability
How to End Wilding in the Church: Empower the Laity
Killing Society: The Ungluing of America
Wilding in the Streets
Falling Bridges, Potholes, and Peeling Schoolroom Paint: The Abandonment of Society
Ripping the Social Fabric: Wilding in Health Care and Education
Government for the Rich: Compassionate Conservatives, New Democrats, and Political Wilding
Texan Justice: Political Wilding and the Prison-Industrial Complex
Political Decadence: A Wilding Culture of Cronyism and Corruption
War and Wilding: Iraq and the War against Terrorism
War in Iraq
Legality
Justice
Occupation as Wilding
The War on Terrorism
Torture, Big Brother, and State Terror
Fighting Terrorism without Wilding
What You Can Do
Katrina: The Perfect Wilding Storm
Individual Wilding
Corporate Wilding
Political Wilding
Societal Wilding
Katrina's Lessons
Beyond Wilding: Resurrecting Civil Society
The Case for Hope
Rethinking the American Dream: A New Communitarianism?
The Social Market: Sociological Sense and Dollars and Cents
A New New Deal
A New Bill of Rights? The Politics of Civil Society
Defending Our Lives: Getting from Here to There
Notes
Index

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