Wilding of America : Money, Mayhem, and the New American Dream

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-14
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers

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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

Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
The Good Man Fills His Own Stomach: All-American Crimes and Misdemeanorsp. 1
Wilding in Black and Whitep. 1
The Mountain People: A Wilding Culturep. 4
The Ik in Usp. 6
Economic, Political, and Social Wildingp. 9
Wilding and Not Wilding: Varieties of Individualismp. 10
The Two Americas: Are We All Wilders?p. 13
Wilding and the New American Dream: Individualism Today and Yesterdayp. 14
Roots of Wilding: Durkheim, Marx, and the Sociological Eyep. 17
The Ultimate Wilders: Prisoners of the American Dreamp. 22
Robert Oakley Marshall: ˘Speed Demon on the Boulevard of Dreams÷p. 25
Them and Us: Violence and the Oversocialized American Characterp. 29
Then and Now: An American Tragedyp. 31
Susan Smith: Infanticide and the Honor Studentp. 34
Cheaters, Liars, and Survivors: Wilding Culture in the Media, Sports, College Campuses, and Everyday Lifep. 38
Survival: Reality TV and the Ik-ing of Americap. 39
Lost, House, and The Shield: TV Wilding for Menp. 40
Young and Wild: Drinking, Cheating, and Other Campus Sportsp. 42
Dopey Sports: Wilding as the Great American pastimep. 45
Grand Theft Auto, Doom, and Video Wilding for Fun and Profitp. 49
All-American Drug Dealing: Unattainable Goals and , Illegitimate Meansp. 51
U.S. Business vs. Us: Global Capitalism and Corporate Wildingp. 54
A Fish Rots from the Head Firstp. 54
Capitalism vs. Community: Sociological Prophets and Global Profitsp. 56
The Musical Chairs of Global Business: The New Corporate Wildingp. 58
Wilding around the World: The Third World as Global Sweatshopp. 59
Globalization Without Wilding: The Future of Globalization After the Battle of Seattlep. 64
Subprime Capitalism: The Great Recession and Systemic Wilding from Wall Street to Washingtonp. 67
Marx, Madoff, and Capitalism Gone Wildp. 69
Countrywide: Our Financial Jurassic Parkp. 70
Merrill Lynch: Banks Gone Wildp. 73
AIG: Wall Street's Heart of Darknessp. 75
Moody's and Standard and Poor's: ˘Rated F for Failure÷p. 77
CNBC and Media Wilding: Jim Cramer vs. Jon Stewartp. 78
George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and the Corporate State: Bailouts, Deregulation, and Political Wilding in Washingtonp. 79
Wilding in the Church: Unaccountable Brethren and Voices of the Faithfulp. 83
Pedophilia, Sexual Abuse, and Rape: Wilding among the Priestsp. 84
Cardinal Bernard Law and the Coverup: The Church as Institutional Wilderp. 85
The Corporate State and the Church: Wilding and the Collapse of Institutional Accountabilityp. 88
How to End Wilding in the Church: Empower the Laityp. 89
War and Wilding: Iraq and the War against Terrorismp. 93
War in Iraqp. 94
Legalityp. 96
Justicep. 97
Occupation as Wildingp. 99
The War on Terrorismp. 102
Torture, Big Brother, and State Terrorp. 106
Wilding and Presidential Powers in the Era of Permanent Warfarep. 109
Fighting Terrorism without Wildingp. 112
What You Can Dop. 113
Katrina: The Perfect Wilding Stormp. 116
Individual Wildingp. 117
Corporate Wildingp. 119
Political Wildingp. 120
Societal Wildingp. 127
Katrina's Lessonsp. 128
The Tragedy of the Commons: Murdering Society and Wilding Against the Environmentp. 132
Wilding in the Streets: The Killing of our Public Space Commonsp. 133
Triage: How Disappearing Jobs, Foreclosed Homes, and Uninsured Health Are Unraveling Our Social Infrastructure Commonsp. 135
Global Warming: Wilding and the Ultimate Tragedy of the Commonsp. 138
Big Oil and Big Coal: Corporate Wilding and Climate Changep. 140
Capitalism, Consumerism, and Climate Change: The American Dream and Ultimate Systemic Wildingp. 142
Beyond Wilding: Resurrecting Civil Societyp. 147
The Case for Hopep. 147
Rethinking the American Dream: A New Communitarianism?p. 151
The Social Market: Sociological Sense and Dollars and Centsp. 153
A New New Deal: ˘My Brother's Keeper; My Sister's Keeper÷ as American Moralityp. 156
A New Bill of Rights? The Politics of Civil Societyp. 160
Defending Our Lives: Getting from Here to Therep. 163
Notesp. 170
Indexp. 195
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