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    Material World: A Global Family Portrait (Sierra Club Books Publication) (Paperback) By (author) Peter Menzel, By (author) Charles C. Mann, Introduction by Paul Kennedy

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    DescriptionWe are witnessing the emergence of a unified world economy, as exemplified by NAFTA and GATT, that will, in theory, make goods available at cheaper prices, create new jobs throughout the world, raise standards of living, and benefit the average family. However, population growth and resource exploitation will also affect these potential benefits as patterns of consumption change. In stunning photographs and text, Material World demonstrates the present context for the emerging global economy, what it means to be "statistically average," by displaying families in more than thirty nations outside their homes - with all their possessions in view. Among the 350 stunning images are those of a family in lush Samoa juxtaposed with a Kuwaiti family and the two Mercedes-Benzes parked outside their desert home; a family in Iceland posing with their treasured string instruments while a family in Sarajevo huddles outside their bullet-ridden apartment. The text describes what it means to be "average" in each of thirty very dissimilar cultures and the impact of each way of life on the local environment. Statistical information about each country accompanies the photo-essays so that readers can easily compare one culture with another. Material World is a fascinating portrait of multicultural diversity and a preview of emerging issues raised by the impact of the global economy on the cultural heritage of the human community.

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    Material World
    A Global Family Portrait
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Menzel, By (author) Charles C. Mann, Introduction by Paul Kennedy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 255
    Width: 229 mm
    Height: 302 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 1,021 g
    ISBN 13: 9780871564306
    ISBN 10: 0871564300

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: PHO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.4
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 620
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JF, AJCP
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    DC22: 306.85
    B&T Approval Code: A31503200
    Ingram Subject Code: AP
    Libri: I-AP
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026010, TRV000000, PHO016000
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    BISAC V2.8: PHO014000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25870
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    DC20: 779.930685
    LC classification: GN406.M45, GN406 .M45 1994
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    Thema V1.0: JB, JHBK, AJC
    Illustrations note
    380 colour illustrations, 1 table, 1 map
    Sierra Club Books
    Imprint name
    Sierra Club Books
    Publication date
    03 October 1995
    Publication City/Country
    San Francisco