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Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism

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2nd
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9780205336340

ISBN10:
0205336345
Format:
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2002
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

This award-winning text explores one of the most successful cultures and society the world has ever seen capitalism. Now available with a free online reader. From its European roots more than 500 years ago to the present, the text examines the problems of capitalism's expansion, inequality, environmental destruction, and social unrest. 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 has generated protest and resistance, and the steps that are necessary to solve global problems. As one reviewer said, This is a book that will doubtless create debate and controversy, but its topic should be pondered seriously by all who consider themselves citizens of our world society today.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
PART ONE The Consumer, the Laborer, the Capitalist, and the Nation-State in the Society of Perpetual Growth 1(130)
Capitalism and the Making of the Consumer
3(29)
The Focus of this Book
8(2)
Culture and the Construction of the Consumer
10(11)
The Construction of the Consumer
12(9)
Kinderculture in America: The Child as Consumer
21(10)
The Role of Children in Capitalism
21(2)
The Social Construction of Childhood
23(8)
Conclusion
31(1)
The Laborer in the Culture of Capitalism
32(27)
A Primer on the Economic Elements of Capitalism
34(4)
The Baptism of Money
37(1)
The Construction and Anatomy of the Working Class
38(19)
Characteristics of the Working Class
38(7)
The Growth of Overseas Assembly Plants
45(2)
The Creation of Free Labor
47(2)
The Segmentation of the Workforce
49(3)
Control and Discipline
52(3)
Resistance and Rebellion
55(2)
Conclusion
57(2)
The Rise of the Merchant, Industrialist, and Capital Controller
59(43)
The Era of the Global Trader
62(14)
A Trader's Tour of the World in 1400
62(6)
The Economic Rise of Europe and Its Impact on Africa and the Americas
68(6)
The Rise of the Trading Companies
74(2)
The Era of the Industrialist
76(10)
Textiles and the Rise of the Factory System
79(2)
The Age of Imperialism
81(5)
The Era of the Corporation, the Multilateral Institution, and the Capital Controller
86(14)
The Rise of the Corporation
87(3)
Bretton Woods and the World Debt
90(7)
The Power of Capital Controllers
97(3)
Conclusion
100(2)
The Nation-State in the Culture of Capitalism
102(29)
The Origin and History of the State
104(4)
The Evolution of the State
104(1)
The History and Function of the Nation-State
105(3)
Constructing the Nation-State
108(9)
Creating the Other
108(2)
Language, Bureaucracy, and Education
110(4)
Violence and Genocide
114(3)
The Future of the Nation-State
117(12)
Transnationalism and Migration
119(3)
Will Corporations Rule the World?
122(6)
Nongovernmental Organizations
128(1)
Conclusion
129(2)
PART TWO The Global Impact of the Culture of Capitalism 131(148)
The Problem of Population Growth
133(30)
The Malthusians versus the Revisionists
136(10)
The Case of India and China
137(4)
The Issue of Carrying Capacity
141(1)
The Ideology of Malthusian Concerns
142(4)
Demographic Transition Theory
146(7)
A Primer on the Determinants of Population Growth and Decline
147(3)
Some Examples of Demographic Change
150(3)
Population Growth in the Periphery
153(9)
Wealth Flows Theory
155(2)
The Social Implications of Wealth Flows Theory
157(1)
The Question of Gender and Power
158(2)
Problems and Prospects
160(2)
Conclusion
162(1)
Hunger, Poverty, and Economic Development
163(31)
The Evolution of Food Production: From the Neolithic to the Neocaloric
164(8)
From Gathering and Hunting to the Neolithic
165(2)
Capitalism and Agriculture
167(1)
The Neocaloric and the Green Revolution
168(4)
The Politics of Hunger
172(10)
The Anatomy of Famine
174(2)
The Anatomy of Endemic Hunger
176(6)
Solutions to Poverty and Hunger
182(11)
Economic Development
183(4)
Foreign Aid: The Case of Russia
187(3)
Targeting Vulnerable Populations: The Grameen Bank and Microcredit
190(3)
Conclusion
193(1)
Environment and Consumption
194(27)
The Case of Sugar
199(6)
Sugar Origins and Production
199(1)
Uses of Sugar
200(1)
The Development of the Sugar Complex
200(2)
The Expansion of Sugar Consumption
202(1)
The Mass Consumption of Sugar
203(1)
Modern Sugar
204(1)
The Story of Beef
205(12)
The Ascendancy of Beef
207(1)
The Emergence of the American Beef Industry
207(5)
Modern Beef
212(2)
The Internationalization of the Hamburger
214(1)
Environmentally Sustainable Cattle Raising
215(2)
Exporting Pollution
217(2)
Conclusion
219(2)
Disease
221(29)
A Primer on How to Die of an Infectious Disease
224(6)
The Relationships between Culture and Disease
230(8)
Gathering and Hunting to Early Agriculture
230(1)
``Graveyards of Mankind''
231(4)
Diseases of Environmental Change
235(3)
AIDS and the Culture of Capitalism
238(11)
How Did the Disease Spread?
241(3)
Who Gets Infected with AIDS?
244(3)
Who Gets Blamed?
247(2)
Conclusion
249(1)
Indigenous People, Ethnic Groups, and the Nation-State
250(29)
The Fate of Indigenous Peoples
253(9)
Some Characteristics of Indigenous Peoples
254(1)
The Process of Ethnocide
255(7)
The Guarani: The Economics of Ethnocide
262(6)
History and Background
263(3)
Contemporary Development and Guarani Communities
266(2)
Ethnic Violence and the Question of Political Sovereignty
268(8)
Genocide in Rwanda
269(5)
Rights of Self-Determination
274(2)
Conclusion
276(3)
PART THREE Resistance and Rebellion 279(110)
Peasant Protest, Rebellion, and Resistance
281(30)
Malaysia and the Weapons of the Weak
284(7)
Malaysian Peasants and the Green Revolution
284(3)
Fighting Back
287(2)
Obstacles to Resistance
289(1)
Protest and Change
290(1)
Kikuyu and the Mau Mau Rebellion
291(12)
The British in East Africa
291(2)
The White Highlands
293(2)
The Roots of the Rebellion
295(1)
The Rebellion
296(2)
``State of Emergency''
298(3)
The Oath and the Detention Camps
301(1)
Independence
302(1)
The Rebellion in Chiapas
303(7)
Poverty and Inequality in Chiapas
305(2)
The Rebellion and the Global Economy
307(1)
The Revolt and the Reaction of the Mexican Government
308(1)
The Future of Peasants
309(1)
Conclusion
310(1)
Antisystemic Protest
311(26)
Protest as Antisystemic: The Two World Revolutions
312(5)
The Revolution of 1848
313(2)
The Revolution of 1968
315(2)
The Protests of Labor: Coal Miners in Nineteenth-Century Pennsylvania
317(7)
The Coal Industry and the Worker's Life
318(3)
Worker Resistance and Protest
321(2)
Destroying Worker Resistance
323(1)
Global Feminist Resistance
324(8)
Gender Relations in the Culture of Capitalism
326(3)
Strategies of Protest
329(3)
Ecological Resistance Movements
332(3)
Earthfirst!
332(1)
Chipko and the Tragedy of the Commons
333(2)
Conclusion
335(2)
Religion and Antisystemic Protest
337(27)
Indigenous Religious Movements as Protest
339(7)
The Ghost Dance
340(1)
The Cargo Cults
341(1)
Zionism in South Africa
342(4)
The Global Challenge of Antisystemic Religious Protest
346(17)
Islamic Fundamentalism
348(2)
Protestant Fundamentalism in North America
350(8)
The Contest between Liberation Theology and Protestant Fundamentalism in Latin America
358(1)
The Growth and Development of Liberation Theology
358(2)
Growing Opposition to Liberation Theology
360(1)
The Growth of the Evangelical Movement in Latin America: The Case of Guatemala
360(3)
Conclusion
363(1)
Constructing the Citizen-Activist
364(25)
What Are the Real Dangers?
364(14)
The GNP and the Construction of the Doctrine of Perpetual Growth
365(3)
The Depletion of Natural Capital
368(4)
The Depletion of Political Capital
372(3)
The Depletion of Social Capital
375(2)
Capital and Public Policy
377(1)
Constructing the Citizen-Activist
378(8)
Indices and Goals for Well-Being
379(3)
The Means and Prospects for Change: Attaining Zero Economic Growth
382(1)
Rebuilding and Maintaining Natural Capital
382(1)
Restoring Political Capital
383(1)
Rebuilding Social Capital
384(2)
Conclusion
386(3)
References 389(16)
Name Index 405(4)
Place and Culture Index 409(4)
Subject Index 413


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