Consumed

Consumed

March 19, 2007
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Distinguished Senior Fellow Benjamin R. Barber offers a provocative and compelling look at the ways in which capitalism is consuming U.S. society. Bringing together extensive empirical research and original theory, Barber seeks to understand how the global economy overproduces goods and targets citizens from the point of childhood, creating a new culture of consumerism.

Within this new framework adults are no longer encouraged to grow up. Rather we have come to nurture an ethic of consumption which no only encourages adults to remain infantile but trains children to consume from an early age as well. With depth and sensitivity Barber confronts the consequences of such a phenomenon, and offers how citizens can resist and overcome impulses as consumers and regain their convictions as deliberative citizens.

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