Con$umed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - Business & Economics - 406 pages
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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.
  

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Review: Consumed - How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults & Swallow Citizens Whole

User Review  - Thomas Simpson - Goodreads

I agreed with a lot of what this book had to say. To a certain extent. Yes commercialism/advertizing/marketing is pervasive and yes there has been a dangerous retreat away from the public sphere to ... Read full review

Review: Consumed - How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults & Swallow Citizens Whole

User Review  - Melody - Goodreads

All hail Benjamin R. Barber. King of the Curmudgeons and Hater of All Things Fun. Solid book and solid argument but repetitive. Which is a shame because I'm pretty sure there are some kids on Mr ... Read full review

Contents

From Protestantism to Puerility 38
41
The Coming of Kidults
81
The Making of Civic Schizophrenia
116
The Loss of Meaning
166
The End of Diversity
213
Can Capitalism Cure Itself?
257
Restoring Citizenship
291
Notes
341

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Benjamin R. Barber is the Kekst Professor of Civil Society at the University of Maryland and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos in New York City.

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