The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism

The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism

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"Since its original publication in 1976, The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism has been hailed as an intellectual tour de force that redefines how we think about the relationship among econmomics, culture, and social change. Daniel Bell, the author of such other modern classics as The End of Ideology and The Coming of Post-Industrial Society, argues that the unbounded drive of modern capitalism undermines the moral foundations of the original Protestant ethic that ushered in capitalism itself. In a major new afterword, Bell offers a bracing perspective on contemporary Western society, from the end of the Cold War to the rise and fall of postmodernism, revealing the crucial cultural fault lines we face as the twenty-first century approaches."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [1996]
Edition: 20th anniversary ed. with a new afterword by the author.
ISBN: 9780465014996
0465014992
Branch Call Number: 973.92 Bell
Characteristics: xxxiv, 363 p. ;,20 cm.

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Yuhu
Jun 06, 2019

Bell 's greatest work, and with minor adjustments, is in many ways as apt as 2020 approaches as it was in the mid-70s. Stunning insights into the economic system of capitalism and its effects on modern culture and politics. In one sense, a difficult book, to be absorbed slowly, in another sense a page-turner that nails the oddities of modern life in a materialist, empty landscape.

Bell described himself as a socialist in economics (with crucially important qualifications), a liberal in politics, and a conservative in culture. That means that his analyses will both jolt and sooth most readers in roughly equal measure--and that's all to the good in a contradictory environment like the US.

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StarGladiator
Oct 21, 2015

There have been some truly awesome sociologists over the past century, but Bell wasn't one of them - - not by a long shot!
His book is based upon multiple false premises, presupposing some magical events regarding capitalism, conveniently excluding ALL the resource theft, mass exploitation, unnecessary wars to promote such, and slavery, slavery and slavery!
Ferdinand Lundberg - - now there was a sociologist! Volokh is another example, Nicole Aschoff, who wrote The New Prophets of Capitalism, Donald Gibson, author of Wealth, Power and the Crisis of Laissez-Faire Capitalism, and my personal favorite: Battling Wall Street: the Kennedy presidency, Richard Wilksinson and Kate Pickett, authors of the book, The Spirit Level, and quite a number of other outstanding types.

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