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    Description"Consumed" offers a portrait of how adults are infantilised in a global economy that overproduces goods and targets children as consumers in a market where there are never enough shoppers. Driven by a frantic imperative to sell, consumer capitalism specialises today in the manufacture not of goods but of needs.This provocative culmination of Benjamin R. Barber's lifelong study of democracy and capitalism shows how the infantilist ethos deprives society of responsible citizens and displaces public goods with private commodities. Traditional liberal democratic society is colonised by an all-pervasive market imperative. Barber confronts the likely consequences for our children, our freedom and our citizenship, and shows how citizens can resist and transcend the civic schizophrenia with which consumerism has infected them.

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    How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults and Swallow Citizens Whole
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    By (author) Benjamin R. Barber
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393330892
    ISBN 10: 0393330893

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    LC classification: HC110.C6 B324 2008
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    Edition statement
    WW Norton & Co
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    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    30 March 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    BENJAMIN R. BARBER is the Kekst Professor of Civil Society at the University of Maryland and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos in New York City.
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    "His books are about America... but the observations he makes apply to all of us." The Times "In this new book the author of Jihad vs. McWorld offers a depressing thesis on why global corporations seek to make us childlike consumers-and why we collude." Financial Times "Grown-ups have sunk into what the French call a puericulture and kids are being trained as hyper-consumers from toddlerhood." Judith Woods, The Daily Telegraph "Consumerism, in Barber's view exploits the unsophisticated and voracious demands of children and makes adults emulate them." Rafael Behr, The Observer "Benjamin Barber fears that this process of infantilisation... threatens democracy." Chris Petit, The Guardian"