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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"Consumed" offers a portrait of how adults are infantilised 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 specialises today in the manufacture not of goods but of needs. This provocative culmination of Benjamin R. 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 colonised by an all-pervasive market imperative. Barber confronts the likely consequences for our children, our freedom and our citizenship, and shows 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  - Cheryl - Goodreads

This is heavy reading, but he has interesting ideas. Our ability to produce goods has outstripped our needs so new needs must be created. Companies market to children and adults are infantilized while ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Maryanne Mcgrath - Goodreads

Riveting. I started it and couldn't put it down, absolutely wonderful and poignant in terms of today's society. I've read many books on the subject and this one managed to keep things fresh, despite previous knowledge on the topic. 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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