9780345383044

Jihad vs. McWorld

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  • ISBN13:

    9780345383044

  • ISBN10:

    0345383044

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 7/30/1996
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books

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Summary

Jihad vs. McWorldis a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: consumerist capitalism versus religious and tribal fundamentalism. These diametrically opposed but strangely intertwined forces are tearing apart--and bringing together--the world as we know it, undermining democracy and the nation-state on which it depends. On the one hand, consumer capitalism on the global level is rapidly dissolving the social and economic barriers between nations, transforming the world's diverse populations into a blandly uniform market. On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units.Jihad vs. McWorldis the term that distinguished writer and political scientist Benjamin R. Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces. In this important new book, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic for democracy. A work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight,Jihad vs. McWorldholds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world. Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R. Barber's work for its bold vision and moral courage.Jihad vs. McWorldis an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 3(20)
PART I. THE NEW WORLD OF MCWORLD 23(132)
1. The Old Economy and the Birth of a New McWorld
23(10)
2. The Resource Imperative: The Passing of Autarky and the Fall of the West
33(17)
3. The Industrial Sector and the Rise of the East
50(9)
4. From Hard Goods to Soft Goods
59(14)
5. From Soft Goods to Service
73(15)
6. Hollyworld: McWorld's Videology
88(12)
7. Television and MTV: McWorld's Noisy Soul
100(18)
8. Teleliterature and the Theme Parking of McWorld
118(19)
9. Who Owns McWorld? The Media Merger Frenzy
137(18)
PART II. THE OLD WORLD OF JIHAD 155(64)
10. Jihad vs. McWorld or Jihad via McWorld?
155(14)
11. Jihad Within McWorld: The "Democracies"
169(15)
12. China and the Not Necessarily Democratic Pacific Rim
184(11)
13. Jihad Within McWorld: "Transitional Democracies"
195(10)
14. Essential Jihad: Islam and Fundamentalism
205(14)
PART III. JIHAD VS. MCWORLD 219(74)
15. Jihad and McWorld in the New World Disorder
219(17)
16. Wild Capitalism vs. Democracy
236(11)
17. Capitalism vs. Democracy in Russia
247(13)
18. The Colonization of East Germany by McWorld
260(8)
19. Securing Global Democracy in the World of McWorld
268(25)
Afterword 293(8)
Appendix A. Justice-of-Energy-Distribution Index 301(6)
Appendix B. Twenty-two Countries' Top Ten Grossing Films, 1991 307(3)
Notes 310(61)
Index 371

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