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With an introduction that addresses the terrorist attacks of September 11th. This is a timely, compelling, and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: consumerist capitalism versus religious and tribal fundamentalism. On the one hand, consumer capitalism on the global level is rapidly dissolving the social and economic barriers between nations. On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units. Here, Barber explores the alarming repercussions of the potent dialect for democracy and world stability.
"Mr. Barber is...the first to put Jihad and McWorld together in an inescapable dialectic.... [It] stands as a bold invitation to debate the broad contours and future of society."—Barbara Ehrenreich, The New York Times Book Review
“Barber's analysis of ‘McWorld’ and of ‘Jihad’ opposition to modernity in nation-states around the world dramatizes the challenges facing those who hope to preserve citizenship and democratic institutions and use them to restrain the destructive anarchy that ‘Jihad’ and ‘McWorld’ share.”–Booklist
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Acknowledgments; 2001 Introduction; Introduction; Pt. I. The New World of McWorld; 1. The Old Economy and the Birth of a New McWorld; 2. The Resource Imperative: The Passing of Autarky and the Fall of the West; 3. The Industrial Sector and the Rise of the East; 4. From Hard Goods to Soft Goods; 5. From Soft Goods to Service; 6. Hollyworld: McWorld’s Videology; 7. Television and MTV: McWorld’s Noisy Soul; 8. Teleliterature and the Theme Parking of McWorld; 9. Who Owns McWorld? The Media Merger Frenzy; Pt. II. The Old World of Jihad. 10. Jihad vs. McWorld or Jihad via McWorld?; 11. Jihad Within McWorld: The “Democracies”; 12. China and the Not Necessarily Democratic Pacific Rim; 13. Jihad Within McWorld: “Transitional Democracies”; 14. Essential Jihad: Islam and Fundamentalism; Pt. III. Jihad Vs. McWorld; 15. Jihad and McWorld in the New World Disorder; 16. Wild Capitalism vs. Democracy; 17. Capitalism vs. Democracy in Russia; 18. The Colonization of East Germany by McWorld; 19. Securing Global Democracy in the World of McWorld; Appendix A. Justice-of-Energy-Distribution Index; Appendix B. Twenty-two Countries’ Top Ten Grossing Films, 1991; Notes; Index