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

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

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by Benjamin R. Barber
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393330893

ISBN-13: 9780393330892

Pub. Date: 03/10/2008

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"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-selling Jihad vs. McWorld, Consumed offers a vivid portrait of an overproducing global economy that targets children as consumers in a market where there are never enough shoppers and

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"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-selling Jihad vs. McWorld, Consumed offers 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 capitalism—encouraging self-restraint, preparing for the future, protecting and self-sacrificing for children and community, and other characteristics of adulthood—we are constantly being seduced into an "infantilist" ethic of consumption.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393330892
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/10/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,137,698
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
The Birth of Consumers
Capitalism Triumphant and the Infantilist Ethos     3
From Protestantism to Puerility     38
The Eclipse of Citizens
Infantilizing Consumers: The Coming of Kidults     81
Privatizing Citizens: The Making of Civic Schizophrenia     116
Branding Identities: The Loss of Meaning     166
Totalizing Society: The End of Diversity     213
The Fate of Citizens
Resisting Consumerism: Can Capitalism Cure Itself?     257
Overcoming Civic Schizophrenia: Restoring Citizenship in a World of Interdependence     291
Notes     341
Index     383

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