Con$umed

Con$umed

How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
A provocative examination of the effects of capitalism on American culture and society reveals how consumer capitalism overproduces goods, targets children as consumers, and infantilizes adult consumers in an economy that deprives society of its responsible citizens and replaces public goods with private commodities. By the author of Jihad vs. McWorld.

Norton Pub
A piercing and vital look at how capitalism is consuming U.S. society.

An apt sequel to Benjamin R. Barber's best- selling Jihad vs. McWorld, Consumed offers a wrenching portrait of how adult consumers are infantilized in a global economy that overproduces goods and targets children as consumers in a market where there are never enough shoppers. Driven by a frantic imperative to sell, consumer capitalism specializes today in the manufacture not of goods but of needs.

This provocative culmination of Barber's lifelong study of democracy and capitalism shows how the infantilist ethos deprives society of responsible citizens and displaces public goods with private commodities. Traditional liberal democratic society is colonized by an all-pervasive market imperative. Public space is privatized. Identity is branded. Our world, homogenized. With brilliance and depth, Barber confronts the likely consequences for our children, our liberty, and our citizenship, and shows finally how citizens can resist and transcend the civic schizophrenia with which consumerism has infected them.

Baker
& Taylor

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.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393049619
Branch Call Number: 339.47097 B2331c 2007
Characteristics: x, 406 p. ; 25 cm

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