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

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 17, 2008 - Business & Economics - 416 pages
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"Powerful and disturbing. No one who cares about the future of our public life can afford to ignore this book." —Jackson Lears

A powerful sequel to Benjamin R. Barber's best-selling Jihad vs. McWorld, Consumed offers a vivid portrait of an overproducing global economy that targets children as consumers in a market where there are never enough shoppers and where the primary goal is no longer to manufacture goods but needs. To explain how and why this has come about, Barber brings together extensive empirical research with an original theoretical framework for understanding our contemporary predicament. He asserts that in place of the Protestant ethic once associated with capitalism—encouraging self-restraint, preparing for the future, protecting and self-sacrificing for children and community, and other characteristics of adulthood—we are constantly being seduced into an "infantilist" ethic of consumption.

 

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This book suffers from many flaws, as amply started here in other critiques. Repetitiveness and verbosity, and an overblown distaste for modern entertainment bothered me quite a bit. Overall, however ... Read full review

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"Powerful and disturbing. No one who cares about the future of our public life can afford to ignore this book."—Jackson Lears A powerful sequel to Benjamin R. Barber's best-selling Jihad vs. McWorld ... Read full review

Contents

3
23
From Protestantism to Puerility
38
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
Index
383
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Benjamin R. Barber (1939—2017) was an American political theorist and author, perhaps best known for his 1995 bestseller, Jihad vs. McWorld.

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