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Global Capitalism: A Sociological Perspective

By: Miguel A. Centeno and Joseph N. Cohen


Description

The global financial crisis has challenged many of our most authoritative economic ideologies and policies. After thirty years of reshaping the world to conform to the market, governments and societies are now calling for a retreat to a yet undefined new economic order.

In order to provide a guide to what the twenty-first-century economy might look like, this book revisits the great project of Global Capitalism. What did it actually entail? How far did it go? What were its strengths and failings? By deconstructing its core ideas and examining its empirical record, can we gain clues about how to move forward after the crisis? Miguel Centeno and Joseph Cohen define capitalism as a historically-evolving and socially-constructed institution, rooted in three core economic activities trade, finance and marketing and identify the three key challenges that any new economic system will need to surmount inequality, governance, and environmental sustainability.

This accessible and engaging book will be essential reading for students of economic sociology, and all those interested in the construction of our economic future.


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Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745644509
ISBN10
0745644503
Publication Dates ROW:
Jan 2010
Publication Dates US:
Mar 2010
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Jan 2010


Format
218 x 158 mm
8.55 x 6.20 in
Pages
180 pages
Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745644516
ISBN10
0745644511
Publication Dates ROW:
Jan 2010
Publication Dates US:
Mar 2010
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Jan 2010



Format
211 x 151 mm
8.30 x 5.92 in
Pages
180 pages

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Reviews

"Fresh and well-written."
Contemporary Sociology

"Finally here is a book that makes brilliant sense out of globalization's multiple and often contradictory facets. With deep insight and sparkling illustrations, Centeno and Cohen offer a comprehensive overview of how global capitalism works: both its promise and threats. Read it to understand our past, present, and future economic worlds."
Viviana A. Zelizer, Princeton University

"This book shows the virtues of a historical/sociological interpretation of global capitalism, and as a bonus the writing is graceful and clear. Conflicting viewpoints are judiciously and succinctly evaluated. The extensive references to the literature are unobtrusive and impressive. Putting the current crisis into perspective, without reducing its urgency, is a singular achievement."
Charles Perrow, Yale University

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes vi

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction 1

1 Global Capitalism 11

2 Trade 38

3 Finance and Wealth 64

4 Marketing and Consumption 94

5 Governance 120

6 Inequality 146

7 Living with Limits 174

Conclusion 198

Notes 209

References 213

Index 232

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