Benjamin R. Barber, a political theorist whose book, “Jihad vs. McWorld,” presciently analyzed the socioeconomic forces leading to the. Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World is a book by American political scientist Benjamin Barber, in which he puts forth . Benjamin R. Barber, Author, ‘Jihad vs. McWorld: Democracy As an. Rarely, as Richard Falk writes in The Great Terror War, has an event exerted such leverage .

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As neoliberal economic theory —not to be confused with social liberalism —is the force behind globalization, this critique is relevant on a much larger scale.

Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles needing clarification from April This is a wholly generous tribute: McWorld, which he seems rather better at defining and attacking, is the “sterile cultural monism” we are all now very familiar with; the world of “shallow but uniform” consumer culture seen in shopping malls across the developed world, and encroaching on the developing world fast. Read it Forward Read it first.

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Barbfr this important new book, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic for democracy. Looking for More Great Reads? And the title, from which it isn’t hard to get an idea of the contents, is rather chillingly apt – even more so than it was a decade ago. Your subscription to Read More was successful.

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Apr 21, Pages. This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat You might take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition.


Due to globalization, our market has expanded and is vulnerable to the transnational markets where free trade, easy access to banking and exchange of currency are available. At which point you might think that putting “Mc” in front of anything you find meretricious or glib is.

Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy. Jul 30, Pages Buy. Barber is anxious to make sure we understand that by “jihad” he means varber, intolerant and essentially tribal fundamentalism, which has nothing to do with mainstream Islam. Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R. And there is much to cheer in Barber’s analysis.

Jihad vs. McWorld

Jul 30, Pages. Kurds, Basques, Puerto Ricans, Ossetians, East Timoreans, Quebecois, the Catholics of Northern Ireland, Catalans, Tamils, and of course, Palestinians- people with countries, inhabiting nations not their own, seeking smaller worlds within borders that will seal them off from modernity.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. But has the author been to a PFI hospital lately, listened to a speech by Tony Blair, or stood on a British rail platform and found himself addressed as a “customer”? The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama. McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future. For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”.


Barber argues that there are several imperatives that make up the McWorld, or the globalization of politics: Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Love Jihad Vs McWorld? In this important book, now more timely than ever before, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic and in his new introduction sketches a democratic response to terrorism.

In a groundbreaking work, political scientist Benjamin R. Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws. On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units.

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jihwd He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. Barber describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as being secured through exclusion and war against outsiders. MCWORLD is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand the challenges facing us after the tragic events of September 11, and in light of the current conflict in the Middle East.

Also, technology is now systematically integrated into everyone’s lives to the point where it “gives every person on earth access to every other person”.

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