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Barber, Benjamin R. 1939-

Works: 206 works in 514 publications in 3 languages and 18,915 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Biography 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Creator, Lyricist, Interviewee
Classifications: HM201, 909.829
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Most widely held works by Benjamin R Barber
Jihad vs. McWorld by Benjamin R Barber ( Book )
54 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and German and held by 3,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The paradox at the core of this bold book is that the tendencies of both Jihad and McWorld are at work, both visible sometimes in the same country at the same instant. Jihad pursues a bloody politics of identity, while McWorld seeks a bloodless economics of profit. Belonging by default to McWorld, everyone is compelled to enroll in Jihad. But no one is any longer a citizen. And, asks Barber, without citizens, how can there be democracy?
Con$umed : how markets corrupt children, infantilize adults, and swallow citizens whole by Benjamin R Barber ( Book )
12 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An examination of the effects of capitalism on American culture and society reveals how consumer capitalism overproduces goods, targets children as consumers, and replaces public goods with private commodities
The interdependence handbook looking back, living the present, choosing the future ( )
7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Interdependence Handbook is a collection of essays, speeches, historical documents and discussion questions on interdependence, the principle for civic life in the 21st century. From a number of perspecitves, it explores the civic implications of the ubiquity of interdependence, and the urgent need for citizens to expand their sense of responsibility beyond community and nation to all the world's people if we are to choose a future that holds the promise of "liberty and justice for all."
Strong democracy : participatory politics for a new age by Benjamin R Barber ( Book )
22 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Since its appearance twenty years ago, Benjamin R. Barber's Strong Democracy has been one of the primary standards against which political science thinking and writing is measured. Defined as the participation of all of the people in at least some aspects of self government at least some of the time, Strong Democracy offers liberal society a new way of thinking about and practicing democracy. Barber argues that an excess of liberalism has undermined our democratic institutions and brought about the set of crises we still find ourselves struggling against: cynicism about voting, alienation, privatization, and the growing paralysis of public institutions. In a new preface Barber looks at the past twenty years an restates his argument, which seems, sadly, more pressing than ever."--BOOK JACKET
An aristocracy of everyone : the politics of education and the future of America by Benjamin R Barber ( Book )
17 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and held by 1,198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Until now, the current crisis in education has been defined by controversy over what should be taught, who should be taught, and, increasingly who should pay for it. What is less discussed is what these questions mean for the future of our country our society, and our very value system, the basis of which is democracy. In this brilliant, controversial, and profoundly original book, Benjamin R. Barber fundamentally alters the terms of the current debate over the value of opportunity in American education, politics, and culture." "In An Aristocracy of Everyone, Barber argues that the fashionable rallying cries of cultural literacy and political correctness completely miss the point of what is wrong with our society. While we fret about "the closing of the American mind" we utterly ignore the closing of American schools. While we worry about being edged out by Japanese technology we fall to tap the more fundamental ideological resources on which our country was founded. As Barber argues, the future of America lies not in competition but in education. Education in America can and must embrace both democracy and excellence." "But how can this goal be achieved? Barber explodes the notion that the so-called canon of accepted history and literary texts is a monolithic structure and demonstrates persuasively that our national story has always comprised an intermingling of diverse, contradictory, often subversive voices. Multiculturalism has, from the very start, defined America. From his gripping portrait of America poised on the brink of unprecedented change, Barber offers a daringly original program for effecting change: for teaching democracy depends not only on the preeminence of education but on a resurgence of true community service."
The struggle for democracy by Benjamin R Barber ( Book )
15 editions published between 1988 and 2000 in English and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of the growth of democracy, its heroes and heroines, its enemies, and its failures and successes from classical Greece to Northern Ireland
Fear's empire : war, terrorism, and democracy by Benjamin R Barber ( Book )
13 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Offers a detailed critique of the Bush administration's foreign policy, including arguments about the imposition of democracy on foreign nations and hypocritical actions by America
The conquest of politics : liberal philosophy in democratic times by Benjamin R Barber ( Book )
10 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A passion for democracy : American essays by Benjamin R Barber ( Book )
11 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Benjamin Barber is one of America's preeminent political theorists. He has been a significant voice in the continuing debate about the nature and role of democracy in the contemporary world. A Passion for Democracy collects twenty of his most important writings on American democracy. In these pieces, Barber argues for participatory democracy without dependence on abstract metaphysical foundations, and he stresses the relationship between democracy and civil society, civic education, and culture."--Jacket
Totalitarianism in perspective: three views by Carl J Friedrich ( Book )
14 editions published in 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The truth of power : intellectual affairs in the Clinton White House by Benjamin R Barber ( Book )
9 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Benjamin Barber was first invited to Camp David in 1994, along with other prominent members of the academic community, to participate in a "seminar" with President Clinton on the future of Democratic ideas and ideals. Afterwards, he became a steady informal adviser to the White House. For a politically committed professor like Barber, the opportunity was exhilarating - here was a chance to put ideas into action, to link ideas to power. The result was enlightening, if unexpected. The most unpredictable factor was the president himself: a man of astonishing intellectual gifts, a consummate listener and synthesizer of ideas, who nonetheless failed to present a stirring vision that could endure beyond his term in office."
A place for us : how to make society civil and democracy strong by Benjamin R Barber ( Book )
7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In our crowded, noisy world - too many people, too much crime, too many wars, not enough time - it seems almost impossible to locate and preserve the common ground where a civil society might flourish. Where can we be ourselves and live our lives, arbitrate our differences, be something more than mere consumers, take charge of things? Everywhere we look there is conflict, alienation, bureaucracy, unbridled marketeering capitalism, loss of individual control. Whatever happened to the civic virtue and community life that nourished true democracy?" "In this book, Benjamin Barber tackles these questions head-on and, in answering them, retrieves the ideals of "civil society" from the nostalgists who want to re-create old-fashioned (and discriminatory) small communities and from the free-marketeers who associate it with unfettered commercial activity. Barber proposes practical strategies for making civil society real, for civilizing public discourse and promoting civic debate, and for envisioning an America where we honor values beyond those of work and leisure, commerce and bureaucracy."--BOOK JACKET
Liberating feminism by Benjamin R Barber ( Book )
7 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The death of communal liberty; a history of freedom in a Swiss mountain canton by Benjamin R Barber ( Book )
7 editions published in 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Superman and common men; freedom, anarchy, and the revolution by Benjamin R Barber ( Book )
14 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Artist and political vision ( Book )
6 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
If mayors ruled the world : dysfunctional nations, rising cities by Benjamin R Barber ( Book )
7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In the face of the most perilous challenges of our time--climate change, terrorism, poverty, and trafficking of drugs, guns, and people--the nations of the world seem paralyzed. The problems are too big for governments to deal with. Benjamin Barber contends that cities, and the mayors who run them, can do and are doing a better job than nations. He cites the unique qualities cities worldwide share: pragmatism, civic trust, participation, indifference to borders and sovereignty, and a democratic penchant for networking, creativity, innovation, and cooperation. He demonstrates how city mayors, singly and jointly, are responding to transnational problems more effectively than nation-states mired in ideological infighting and sovereign rivalries. The book features profiles of a dozen mayors around the world, making a persuasive case that the city is democracy's best hope in a globalizing world, and that great mayors are already proving that this is so"--
Hijacking catastrophe 9/11, fear & the selling of American empire ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This film discusses how the events of 9/11/2001 have influenced United States politics, from advancing a pre-existing military agenda to rolling back civil liberties and social programs. This documentary features interviews with leading commentators on the events of 9/11 and the war in Iraq
Marriage voices : a novel by Benjamin R Barber ( Book )
3 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Education for democracy : citizenship, community, service : a sourcebook for students and teachers ( Book )
6 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Barber, Benjamin
Barber, Benjamin 1939-
Barber, Benjamin R.
Barber, Benjamin Reynolds 1939-
Benjamin R. Barber
בארבר, בנג׳מין ר 1939-
بنجامين ر. باربر، 1939-
バーバー, ベンジャミン
バーバー, ベンジャミン・R
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Spanish (1)
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