The Global Industrial Complex: Systems of Domination

The Global Industrial Complex: Systems of Domination


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The Global Industrial Complex Systems of Domination, is a groundbreaking collection of essays by leading scholars from wide scholarly and activist backgrounds who examine the entangled array of contemporary industrial complexeswhat the editors refer to as the power complexthat was first analyzed by C. Wright Mills in his 1956 classic work, The Power Elite.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739136973
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/16/2011
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.47(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Steven Best is associate professor of humanities and philosophy at University of Texas, El Paso.
Richard Kahn is core faculty in education at Antioch University Los Angeles.
Peter McLaren is a professor in the school of critical studies in education at University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Anthony J. Nocella II is a visiting professor in the School of Education at Hamline University.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Crisis and Hope: Theirs and Ours
Chapter Two: The Corporate War Economy
Chapter Three: The Security Industrial Complex
Chapter Four: The Media-Military Industrial Complex
Chapter Five: The Criminal (Justice) Industrial Complex
Chaper Six: The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: The Non-Profit Industrial Complex
Chapter Seven: Higher Education's Industrial Model
Chapter Eight: The Agricultural Industrial Complex
Chapter Nine: Origins and Consequences of the Animal Industrial Complex
Chapter Ten: Bad For Your Health: The U.S. Medical Industrial Complex Goes Global
Chapter Eleven: College Sports: It's All About the Money!
Chapter Twelve: Driving to Carmageddon: Capitalism, Transportation, and the Logic of Planetary Crisis

What People are Saying About This

Susan L. Thomas

This penetrating, insightful book written by a collection of the world’s most prominent public intellectuals, is a skilled combination of lucid explanation and cogently argued critique of what the contributors term the 'global industrial complex'. The authors combine scholarship with insight, erudition with moral passion as they critique the fundamental direction in which our world is moving financially, politically and economically. The conclusions are radical and profound. No activist, academic or student can afford to ignore their arguments.

Deric Shannon

Human society is organized in a way that privileges a tiny minority at the expense of the vast majority of humanity and to the detriment of the entirety of the non-human world. With this collection, Best, Kahn, Nocella, and McLaren intervene in that and ask the question: 'Might things be done another way?' The answer, of course, is a resounding 'Yes!' Read this book and join us in creating a world free of the constraints placed on us by domination in all of its myriad forms!

Richard White

The Global Industrial Complex makes an immense contribution to the literature by engaging the key thoughts and ideas of some of the most important, influential and outspoken public intellectuals of our time. In doing so the book provides not only a searing and devastating critique of contemporary ‘capitalist’ society, but also engages in a full frontal assault on the poverty of imagination evident in those who refuse to believe that there are real alternatives, and that active resistance is necessary to achieve them. It deserves to be read widely.

Michael Parenti

An excellent, well-researched, and richly informed compendium on the nature of global exploitation and power, a nourishing corrective to the vapid evasions we are usually fed.

Ernesto Aguilar

With capitalism battering the Third World and forcing the First World to lower its expectations of opportunity, human rights and a future, getting an unflinching, intelligent look at so-called recessions, superprofits and resistance is needed more than ever. Who better to illuminate politics, social movements and finance than this constellation of authors? None better can present matters of such urgency as accessibly or sharply.

Henry Giroux

At a time when it is increasingly more difficult to find insightful and accessible work challenging the structural and ideological foundations of neoliberal economic savagery, Systems of Domination: The Global Industrial Complex provides a key resource for such a task. This is a wide ranging and thoughtful book that not only critically analyzes the deepening and myriad forms of global market authoritarianism but also offers the theoretical tools to challenge it. A must read for anyone concerned about the promise of a real democracy and the economic, political, and cultural forces subverting it.

John Sorenson

In this book, leading American radical scholars provide important insights into interlocking networks of power under global capitalism. This fine collection of essays is a useful tool for those seeking to understand and alter the corporate structures that dominate our world.

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