The Great Disruption

The Great Disruption : Human Nature and the Reconstitution of Social Order

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Just as the Industrial Revolution brought about momentous changes in society's moral values, there has been a similar Great Disruption during the last half of the twentieth century. In the last 50 years the developed world has made the shift from industrial to information society; knowledge has replaced mass production as the basis for wealth, power and social intercourse. This change, for all its benefits, has led to increasing crime, massive changes is fertility and family structure, decreasing levels of trust and the triumph of individualism over community. But Fukuyama claims that a new social order is already under construction. This he maintains, cannot be imposed by governments or organised religion. Instead he argues that human beings are biologically driven to establish moral values, and have unique capabilities for reasoning their over the long run to spontaneous order.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129 x 199 x 21mm | 385g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861972172
  • 9781861972170
  • 618,222

Author information

Francis Fukuyama is the author of The End of History, Trust, The Great Disruption, Our Posthuman Future and State Building. All have been international bestsellers, translated and published in many languages. They have also been hugely influential. Fukuyama is in constant demand around the world in the media and as a speaker. He is Professor of International Political Economy at John Hopkins University.

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Review Text

Of all theorists on the social and economic state of the world Fukuyama has an unerring ability to hit the nail on the head. While others are still writing of the consequences of the movement from the industrial to the information age, he is looking ahead to a new social order which he claims is already in a germination period. While technology has replaced mass production and brought with it a fissure in society that leads to more poverty, an increase in crime and a breakdown of family structure, governments are no longer able to impose order upon the state. However, Fukuyama argues that we are biologically driven to reassert moral values and recreate a new form of social order. (Kirkus UK)

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