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Global problems and the culture of capitalism

Author: Richard H Robbins
Publisher: Boston : Allyn & Bacon, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4th edView all editions and formats

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard H Robbins
ISBN: 0205524877 9780205524877
OCLC Number: 1027945017
Description: xvi, 408 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface Part One Introduction: The Consumer, the Laborer, the Capitalist, and the Nation-State in the Society of Perpetual Growth Introduction A Primer on Money Chapter One: Capitalism and the Making of the Consumer Culture and the Construction of the Consumer The Construction of the Consumer Kinderculture in America: The Child as Consumer The Role of Children in Capitalism The Social Construction of Childhood Conclusion Chapter Two: The Laborer in the Culture of Capitalism A Primer on the Economic Elements of Capitalism The Baptism of Money The Construction and Anatomy of the Working Class Characteristics of the Working Class The Growth of Overseas Assembly Plants The Creation of Free Labor The Segmentation of the Workforce Control and Discipline Resistance and Rebellion Conclusion Chapter Three: The Rise of the Merchant, Industrialist, and Capital Controller The Era of the Global Trader A Trader's Tour of the World The Economic Rise of Europe and Its Impact on Africa and the Americas The Rise of the Trading Companies The Era of the Industrialist Textiles and the Rise of the Factory System The Age of Imperialism The Era of the Corporation, the Multilateral Institution, and the Capital Controller The Rise of the Corporation Bretton Woods and the World Debt The Power of Capital Controllers Conclusion Chapter Four: The Nation-State in the Culture of Capitalism The Origin and History of the State The Evolution of the State The History and Function of the Nation-State Constructing the Nation-State Creating the Other Language, Bureaucracy, and Education Violence and Genocide Spin, Free Trade, and the Role of Energy in the Global Economy Manufacturing Consent: Spin Markets and Free Trade Energy and Technology Conclusion Part Two Introduction: The Global Impact of the Culture of Capitalism Chapter Five: The Problem of Population Growth The Malthusians versus the Revisionists The Case of India and China The Issue of Carrying Capacity The Ideology of Malthusian Concerns Demographic Transition Theory A Primer on the Determinants of Population Growth and Decline Some Examples of Demographic Change Population Growth in the Periphery Wealth Flows Theory The Social Implications of Wealth Flows Theory The Question of Gender and Power Problems and Prospects Conclusion Chapter Six: Hunger, Poverty, and Economic Development The Evolution of Food Production: From the Neolithic to the Neocaloric From Gathering and Hunting to the Neolithic Capitalism and Agriculture The Neocaloric and the Green Revolution The Politics of Hunger The Anatomy of Famine The Anatomy of Endemic Hunger Solutions and Adaptations to Poverty and Hunger Economic Development The Nature and Growth of the Informal Economy The Nature and Scope of the Informal Economy of Drugs Conclusion Chapter Seven: Environment and Consumption The Case of Sugar Sugar Origins and Production Uses of Sugar The Development of the Sugar Complex The Expansion of Sugar Consumption The Mass Consumption of Sugar Modern Sugar The Story of Beef The Ascendancy of Beef The Emergence of the American Beef Industry Modern Beef The Internationalization of the Hamburger Environmentally Sustainable Cattle Raising Exporting Pollution Conclusion Chapter Eight: Disease A Primer on How to Die of an Infectious Disease The Relationships between Culture and Disease Gathering and Hunting to Early Agriculture "Graveyards of Mankind" Diseases of Environmental Change AIDS and the Culture of Capitalism How Did the Disease Spread? Who Gets Infected with AIDS? Who Gets Blamed? Conclusion Chapter Nine: Indigenous People, Ethnic Groups, and the Nation-State The Fate of Indigenous Peoples Some Characteristics of Indigenous Peoples The Process of Ethnocide The Guarani: The Economics of Ethnocide History and Background Contemporary Development and Guarani Communities Disadvantaged Majorities and Their Revenge Leveling Crowds Genocide and an Externality of the Market "Ethnic Cleansing" in Yugoslavia Genocide in Rwanda Conclusion Part Three Introduction: Resistance and Rebellion Chapter Ten: Peasant Protest, Rebellion, and Resistance Malaysia and the Weapons of the Weak Malaysian Peasants and the Green Revolution Fighting Back Obstacles to Resistance Protest and Change Kikuyu and the Mau Mau Rebellion The British in East Africa The White Highlands The Roots of the Rebellion The Rebellion "State of Emergency" The Oath and the Detention Camps Independence The Rebellion in Chiapas Poverty and Inequality in Chiapas The Rebellion and the Global Economy The Revolt and the Reaction of the Mexican Government \ The Future of Peasants Conclusion Chapter Eleven: Antisystemic Protest Protest as Antisystemic: The Two World Revolutions The Revolution of 1848 The Revolution of 1968 The Protests of Labor: Coal Miners in Nineteenth-Century Pennsylvania The Coal Industry and the Worker's Life Worker Resistance and Protest Destroying Worker Resistance Global Feminist Resistance Gender Relations in the Culture of Capitalism Strategies of Protest Ecological Resistance Movements Earthfirst! Chipko and the Tragedy of the Commons Conclusion Chapter Twelve: Religion and Antisystemic Protest Indigenous Religious Movements as Protest The Ghost Dance The Cargo Cults Zionism in South Africa The Global Challenge of Antisystemic Religious Protest Islamic Fundamentalism Protestant Fundamentalism in North America Terror in the Mind of God Some Examples of Religious Violence The Militants of Protestant Fundamentalists Terror in the Holy Land Armageddon in a Tokyo Subway Understanding Religious Violence Conclusion Chapter Thirteen: Constructing the Citizen-Activist What Are the Real Dangers? The GNP and the Construction of the Doctrine of Perpetual Growth The Depletion of Natural Capital The Depletion of Political Capital The Depletion of Social Capital Capital and Public Policy Constructing the Citizen-Activist Indices and Goals for Well-Being The Means and Prospects for Change: Attaining Zero Economic Growth Rebuilding and Maintaining Natural Capital Restoring Political Capital Rebuilding Social Capital Conclusion
Responsibility: Richard H. Robbins.


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