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Examines the development and impact of capitalist culture

From its roots more than 500 years ago to the present day, capitalism expanded from Western Europe to the United States and then to much of the rest of the world. This expansion has not gone uncontested; resistance has been both direct and indirect, including political, religious, and social protest, and even revolution. How and why capitalist culture developed and the reasons why some groups resisted and continue to resist its development are among the issues explored in Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism, 6/e.

MySearchLab is a part of the Robbins program. Research and writing tools help students master basic writing skills. With MySearchLab, students can access various academic journals, census data, and Associated Press news feeds, broadening their views on important issues.

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Editorial Reviews

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205933730
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/27/2013
  • Edition description: Student
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.06 (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 richard.robbins@plattsburgh.edu.

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Table of Contents

In this section:

1) Brief Table of Content

2) Full Table of Contents


BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART 1 - THE CONSUMER, THE LABORER, THE CAPITALIST, AND THE NATION-STATE IN THE SOCIETY OF PERPETUAL GROWTH

Chapter 1: Constructing the Consumer

Chapter 2: The Laborer in the Culture of Capitalism

Chapter 3: The Rise and Fall of the Merchant, Industrialist, and Financier

Chapter 4: The Nation-State in the Culture of Capitalism

PART 2 - THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF THE CULTURE OF CAPITALISM

Chapter 5: Population Growth, Migration, and Urbanization

Chapter 6: Hunger, Poverty, and Economic Development

Chapter 7: Environment and Consumption

Chapter 8: Health and Disease

Chapter 9: Indigenous Groups and Ethnic Conflict

PART 3 - RESISTANCE AND REBELLION

Chapter 10: Peasant Protest, Rebellion, and Resistance

Chapter 11: Anti-Systemic Protest

Chapter 12: Religion and Anti-Systemic Protest

Chapter 13: Solving Global Problems: Some Solutions and Courses of Action


FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART 1 - THE CONSUMER, THE LABORER, THE CAPITALIST, AND THE NATION-STATE IN THE SOCIETY OF PERPETUAL GROWTH

A Primer on Money: The Philosopher’s Stone

Chapter 1: Constructing the Consumer

Remaking Consumption

Kinderculture in America: The Child as Consumer

Exporting the Consumer

Chapter 2: The Laborer in the Culture of Capitalism

A Primer on the Elements of Capitalism

The Construction and Anatomy of the Working Class

Chapter 3: The Rise and Fall of the Merchant, Industrialist, and Financier

The Era of the Global Trader

The Era of the Industrialist

The Era of the Corporation, the Multilateral Institution, and the Capital Speculator

The “Second Great Contraction”

Chapter 4: The Nation-State in the Culture of Capitalism

The Origin and History of the State

Constructing the Nation-State

Spin, Free Trade, and the Role of Energy in the Global Economy

PART 2 - THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF THE CULTURE OF CAPITALISM

A Primer on Market Externalities: Polanyi’s Paradox

Chapter 5: Population Growth, Migration, and Urbanization

The Malthusians Versus the Revisionists

Demographic Transition Theory

Population Growth in the Periphery

Issues of Immigration

Chapter 6: Hunger, Poverty, and Economic Development

The Evolution of Food Production: From the Neolithic to the Neocaloric

The Politics of Hunger

Solutions and Adaptations to Poverty and Hunger

Chapter 7: Environment and Consumption

The Case of Sugar

The Story of Beef

Creating a Taste for Beef

The Impact of Production On The Environment: The Effects of Climate Change

Chapter 8: Health and Disease

A Primer on How to Die from an Infectious Disease

The Relationship between Culture and Disease

AIDS and the Culture of Capitalism

Chapter 9: Indigenous Groups and Ethnic Conflict

The Fate of Indigenous Peoples

The Guaraní: The Economics of Ethnocide

Disadvantaged Majorities and Their Revenge

PART 3 - RESISTANCE AND REBELLION

A Primer on Terrorism

Chapter 10: Peasant Protest, Rebellion, and Resistance

Malaysia and the Weapons of the Weak

Kikuyu and the Mau Mau Rebellion

The Rebellion in Chiapas

Chapter 11: Anti-Systemic Protest

Protest as Anti-Systemic: The Two World Revolutions

The Protests of Labor: Coal Miners in Nineteenth-Century Pennsylvania

Global Feminist Resistance

Direct Action and Occupy Wall Street

Chapter 12: Religion and Anti-Systemic Protest

Indigenous Religious Movements as Anti-Systemic Protest

The Global Challenge of Anti-Systemic Religious Protest

“Terror in the Mind of God”

Chapter 13: Solving Global Problems: Some Solutions and Courses of Action

The Central Dilemma of Growth

Things We Could Do

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