The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism

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With a new afterword by the author, this classic analysis of Western liberal capitalist society contends that capitalism—and the culture it creates—harbors the seeds of its own downfall by creating a need among successful people for personal gratification—a need that corrodes the work ethic that led to their success in the first place. With the end of the Cold War and the emergence of a new world order, this provocative manifesto is more relevant than ever.
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Overview


With a new afterword by the author, this classic analysis of Western liberal capitalist society contends that capitalism—and the culture it creates—harbors the seeds of its own downfall by creating a need among successful people for personal gratification—a need that corrodes the work ethic that led to their success in the first place. With the end of the Cold War and the emergence of a new world order, this provocative manifesto is more relevant than ever.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465014996
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 20
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 363,832
  • Lexile: 1380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author


Daniel Bell is the Henry Ford II Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University and Scholar-in-Residence at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of editor of 17 books, two of which, The End of Ideology and The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism, were listed among the 100 Most Influential Books since the Second World War (TLS, October 1995).
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Table of Contents

Foreword: 1978
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction/The Disjunction of Realms: A Statement of Themes 3
1 The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism 33
2 The Disjunctions of Cultural Discourse 85
3 The Sensibility of the Sixties 120
4 Toward the Great Instauration: Religion and Culture in a Post-Industrial Age 146
An Introductory Note: From the Culture to the Polity 175
5 Unstable America: Transitory and Permanent Factors in a National Crisis 177
6 The Public Household: On "Fiscal Sociology" and the Liberal Society 220
Afterword: 1996 283
Index 341
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