Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism (4th Edition)

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9780205524877: Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism (4th Edition)

This award-winning text explores one of the most successful cultures and society the world has ever seen–capitalism.

From capitalism's European roots more than 500 years ago to the present, this text examines the problems caused by its expansion, inequality, environmental destruction, and social unrest.

 

Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism provides the reader with the anthropological, economic, and historical framework to understand the origins of global problems, why globalization and the global expansion of the culture of capitalism has generated protest and resistance, and the steps necessary to solve global problems. Up-to-date information throughout the text helps students maintain a current view of the rapidity of global change.  

 

As one reviewer says, In today's world of global cultures the key to solving the problems of the future depends on understanding the cultures of today. Robbins' book spells this out in clear and easy-to-read prose. It is the one book that every college student should be required to read.”

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Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism

Fourth Edition

 

By: Richard H. Robbins

 

 

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This award-winning text explores one of the most successful cultures and society the world has ever seen–capitalism.  From capitalism's European roots more than 500 years ago to the present, this text examines the problems caused by its expansion, inequality, environmental destruction, and social unrest.

 

Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism provides the reader with the anthropological, economic, and historical framework to understand the origins of global problems, why globalization and the global expansion of the culture of capitalism has generated protest and resistance, and the steps necessary to solve global problems.  Up-to-date information throughout the text helps students maintain a current view of the rapidity of global change.  

 

New to This Edition:

  • New Section! on the informal economy and one of its major components, the global drug trade.  
  • New Section! on the war in Iraq and concomitant issues such as media spin, the free trade agenda, and the role of energy in the global economy
  • New Material! on the role of spin and the media, particularly as it relates to climate change
  • Extended Discussion! of the role of money in economic growth.
  • Additional Material! on the role of holidays to stimulate consumption

 

What the reviewers are saying...

 

“The book is unique in its area.” —James Bearden / SUNY Geneseo

 

“I find the style extremely engaging and the material presented to be extremely interesting. This is the only book I’ve ever used that has prompted students to repeatedly comment on how much they’re learning.” —Thomas B. Stevenson / Ohio University

 

“I continue to believe that it is important to expose freshmen students to many of the points and topics raised by Robbins in his textbook. Thank God there is a good text like this that I can use for this course!” —Vaughn M. Bryant / Texas A&M University

 

 

 

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About the Author:

Richard H. Robbins is an anthropologist at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh with an interest in applying anthropology, as well as other disciplines, to the understanding of global problems. His other publications include Talking Points on Global Issues: A Reader and Darwin and the Bible: The Cultural Confrontation.

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