The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism: 20th Anniversary Edition

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Basic Books, Aug 5, 2008 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
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With a new afterword by the author, this classic analysis of Western liberal capitalist society contends that capitalism--and the culture it creates--harbors the seeds of its own downfall by creating a need among successful people for personal gratification--a need that corrodes the work ethic that led to their success in the first place. With the end of the Cold War and the emergence of a new world order, this provocative manifesto is more relevant than ever.
 

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User Review  - ljhliesl - LibraryThing

Let's see how I do with reading a book without pictures or conversations. Not so well. This is one of the longest 400-page books I have ever read. It turns out that I am not 400 pages worth of interested in this topic. No fault of author or book, only mine. Read full review

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I sought out this book after the events now being called the "Arab Spring" really got rolling. I was looking to see if the intuition that the events unfolding in North Africa and the Middle East were ... Read full review

Contents

A Statement of Themes
3
THE DOUBLE BIND OF MODERNITY
31
The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism
33
The Disjunctions of Cultural Discourse
85
The Sensibility of the Sixties
120
Toward the Great Instauration Religion and Culture in a PostIndustrial Age
146
THE DILEMMAS OF THE POLITY
173
From the Culture to the Polity
175
Unstable America Transitory and Permanent Factors in a National Crisis
177
The Public Household On Fiscal Sociology and the Liberal Society
220
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