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 . Nicholas Lezard’s choice: Benjamin R Barber’s Jihad vs McWorld, first published in , is chillingly topical. Benjamin R. Barber, a political theorist whose book, “Jihad vs. McWorld,” presciently analyzed the socioeconomic forces leading to the.

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Barber believes that if people were truly empowered as citizens they could reshape their communities to better serve their own needs.

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Furthermore, the long-term growth of capitalism itself also requires stable markets. His analysis shows the dangers of oversimplifying things and invites us to look at the complexities of this rather tragic modern dialectic.

Jihad vs. McWorld

He points out that Islam has no word for “democracy” and has to use the Greek term. McWorld holds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world. 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.

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McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: Barber barbr coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces. Among his targets were half-naked women, liquor, theatres, dance halls, newspapers, novels, “whims, silly games” and “vices”. Mcwofld you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The commentator with the mcsorld face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama.


McWorld is the term that distinguished writer and political scientist Benjamin R. Barber points out that unless we more equitably share the benefits of capitalism with so-called emerging market countries, the instabilities that are created will eventually undermine our own success too.

He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces.

This book came out inbut it has never been more relevant than today. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the barver prices. Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well jihsd its problems for democracy. One may expect Guardian readers in particular to raise a cheer about this.

The world of religious extremism scares me. As globalization imposes a culture of its own on a population, the tribal forces feel threatened and react. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

On the one hand, consumer capitalism on the global level is rapidly dissolving the social and economic barriers between nations, transforming the world’s diverse populations into a blandly uniform market. On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units.

McWorld, on the other hand, embodies the most amoral aspects of Western jhiad, sometimes giving credence to the fears of Jihad warriors. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

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Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization. In this important new book, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic for democracy. Throughout the book, Barber describes the two forces as a dialectic. If ever a jiyad on the world scene was to be allowed the dubious privilege of saying “I told you so” on September 11it was Professor Barber. Lechner and John Boli. As Barber tells us, if either Jihad or McWorld is allowed to triumph, the world of the future will not be very free, sane or pleasant.


Learn more about Amazon Prime. I think the whole idea of the McWorld vs. Understanding Globalization by Thomas L. We are experiencing technical difficulties. It is easy to read, until the last few pages, and will make you think. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

One person found this helpful. Customers who bought this mcwkrld also bought. Barber’s work for its bold vision and moral courage. But today’s multinational corporations are no longer restrained by democratic forces in many parts of the third world.

Read more Read less. Jihad stands not so much in stark opposition as in subtle counterpoint to McWorld and is itself a dialectical response to modernity mcorld features both reflect and reinforce the modern world’s virtues and vices –Jihad via McWorld rather than Jihad vs.

Looking for More Great Reads? Personally, I found the author to come off a bit snobby at times and I felt the last couple of chapters wound down in economic jargon that I did not fully understand. Also, technology is now systematically integrated into everyone’s lives to the point where it “gives every person on earth access jijad every other person”.

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