The third edition of Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism provides the reader with the anthropological, economic, and historical framework to understand the origins of global problems, why globalization and the global expansion of the culture of capitalism have generated protest and resistance, and the steps necessary to solve global problems. Up-to-date information throughout the text helps students maintain a current view of the rapidity of global change. As one reviewer writes, "In today's world of global cultures the key to solving the problems of the future depends on understanding the cultures of today. Robbins' book spells this out in clear and easy-to-read prose. It is the one book that every college student should be required to read."
A text for a college course on global problems, focusing on those that students will have been exposed to from mass media. Incorporates the study of the biases that privileged students usually bring to the subject without realizing it, biases that would be strongly reinforced by the media coverage. Illustrated with exceptionally high quality black-and-white photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher
“A must-read for anyone hoping to even begin to comprehend the complexities and underlying bases of the modern world.”
- James Sewastynowicz, Jacksonville State University
“Frankly, I am not familiar with a book similar to this one in its scope, readability, or focus. Overwhelmingly my students find it to be appropriate and interesting.”
- Miguel Vasquez, Northern Arizona University
“Robbins does a nice job of integrating the problems of hunger with the issues of a capitalist economy.”
- George Esber, Miami University Middletown
“. . . I think the organization works really well. I like that it is organized according to the dynamics of capitalism, its affects across the globe, and finally responses and challenges to it. I especially like that the book ends with a chapter on citizen-activism. I like the writing style. It is friendly, up-beat, not mechanical.”
- Suzanne Scheld, California State University, Northridge
Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)
Meet the Author
Richard Robbins received his Ph.D. in anthropology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has spent his entire teaching career at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Some of his most formative academic experiences include field research among Cree, Inuit and Naskapi First Nations peoples of Canada, Acadian farmers and fisherfolk in New Brunswick, Canada, and among religious communal societies in the United States. A research semester at the Science Studies Unit at the University of Edinburgh would count as one of his most stimulating intellectual experiences.
He has received the State University of New York’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the American Anthropological Association/McGraw-Hill Teacher of the Year Award. He appeared also in the hit anti-globalization documentary, The Yes Men. He is currently SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at Plattsburgh, and maintains a global problems website at www.plattsburgh.edu/legacy and a general website at faculty.plattsburgh.edu/richard.robbins. He can be contacted by email at email@example.com.