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The American dream champions individualism. But at what price? In the fully updated fifth edition of The Wilding of America, Charles Derber chronicles the latest incidents of wilding -acts of self-interested violence or greed that weaken the social fabric. The new edition examines such topics as the recent doping scandals in sports; government-sponsored torture; new threats to our public space, social infrastructure, and natural environment; the effects of the Obama administration on wilding behavior; and in an all-new chapter, the 2008 Wall Street meltdown. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
|The Good Man Fills His Own Stomach: All-American Crimes and Misdemeanors||p. 1|
|Wilding in Black and White||p. 1|
|The Mountain People: A Wilding Culture||p. 4|
|The Ik in Us||p. 6|
|Economic, Political, and Social Wilding||p. 9|
|Wilding and Not Wilding: Varieties of Individualism||p. 10|
|The Two Americas: Are We All Wilders?||p. 13|
|Wilding and the New American Dream: Individualism Today and Yesterday||p. 14|
|Roots of Wilding: Durkheim, Marx, and the Sociological Eye||p. 17|
|The Ultimate Wilders: Prisoners of the American Dream||p. 22|
|Robert Oakley Marshall: ˘Speed Demon on the Boulevard of Dreams÷||p. 25|
|Them and Us: Violence and the Oversocialized American Character||p. 29|
|Then and Now: An American Tragedy||p. 31|
|Susan Smith: Infanticide and the Honor Student||p. 34|
|Cheaters, Liars, and Survivors: Wilding Culture in the Media, Sports, College Campuses, and Everyday Life||p. 38|
|Survival: Reality TV and the Ik-ing of America||p. 39|
|Lost, House, and The Shield: TV Wilding for Men||p. 40|
|Young and Wild: Drinking, Cheating, and Other Campus Sports||p. 42|
|Dopey Sports: Wilding as the Great American pastime||p. 45|
|Grand Theft Auto, Doom, and Video Wilding for Fun and Profit||p. 49|
|All-American Drug Dealing: Unattainable Goals and , Illegitimate Means||p. 51|
|U.S. Business vs. Us: Global Capitalism and Corporate Wilding||p. 54|
|A Fish Rots from the Head First||p. 54|
|Capitalism vs. Community: Sociological Prophets and Global Profits||p. 56|
|The Musical Chairs of Global Business: The New Corporate Wilding||p. 58|
|Wilding around the World: The Third World as Global Sweatshop||p. 59|
|Globalization Without Wilding: The Future of Globalization After the Battle of Seattle||p. 64|
|Subprime Capitalism: The Great Recession and Systemic Wilding from Wall Street to Washington||p. 67|
|Marx, Madoff, and Capitalism Gone Wild||p. 69|
|Countrywide: Our Financial Jurassic Park||p. 70|
|Merrill Lynch: Banks Gone Wild||p. 73|
|AIG: Wall Street's Heart of Darkness||p. 75|
|Moody's and Standard and Poor's: ˘Rated F for Failure÷||p. 77|
|CNBC and Media Wilding: Jim Cramer vs. Jon Stewart||p. 78|
|George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and the Corporate State: Bailouts, Deregulation, and Political Wilding in Washington||p. 79|
|Wilding in the Church: Unaccountable Brethren and Voices of the Faithful||p. 83|
|Pedophilia, Sexual Abuse, and Rape: Wilding among the Priests||p. 84|
|Cardinal Bernard Law and the Coverup: The Church as Institutional Wilder||p. 85|
|The Corporate State and the Church: Wilding and the Collapse of Institutional Accountability||p. 88|
|How to End Wilding in the Church: Empower the Laity||p. 89|
|War and Wilding: Iraq and the War against Terrorism||p. 93|
|War in Iraq||p. 94|
|Occupation as Wilding||p. 99|
|The War on Terrorism||p. 102|
|Torture, Big Brother, and State Terror||p. 106|
|Wilding and Presidential Powers in the Era of Permanent Warfare||p. 109|
|Fighting Terrorism without Wilding||p. 112|
|What You Can Do||p. 113|
|Katrina: The Perfect Wilding Storm||p. 116|
|Individual Wilding||p. 117|
|Corporate Wilding||p. 119|
|Political Wilding||p. 120|
|Societal Wilding||p. 127|
|Katrina's Lessons||p. 128|
|The Tragedy of the Commons: Murdering Society and Wilding Against the Environment||p. 132|
|Wilding in the Streets: The Killing of our Public Space Commons||p. 133|
|Triage: How Disappearing Jobs, Foreclosed Homes, and Uninsured Health Are Unraveling Our Social Infrastructure Commons||p. 135|
|Global Warming: Wilding and the Ultimate Tragedy of the Commons||p. 138|
|Big Oil and Big Coal: Corporate Wilding and Climate Change||p. 140|
|Capitalism, Consumerism, and Climate Change: The American Dream and Ultimate Systemic Wilding||p. 142|
|Beyond Wilding: Resurrecting Civil Society||p. 147|
|The Case for Hope||p. 147|
|Rethinking the American Dream: A New Communitarianism?||p. 151|
|The Social Market: Sociological Sense and Dollars and Cents||p. 153|
|A New New Deal: ˘My Brother's Keeper; My Sister's Keeper÷ as American Morality||p. 156|
|A New Bill of Rights? The Politics of Civil Society||p. 160|
|Defending Our Lives: Getting from Here to There||p. 163|
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