Inequality and the Global Economic Crisis

Inequality and the Global Economic Crisis

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Inequalities of income, wealth and of power have been with us for millennia. This book is a critique of the counter-productivity of growing economic inequality from the 1980s to today. Douglas Dowd argues against capitalist expansion, exploitation and oligarchic rule.

The book states that the globalisation and growth of the financial sector will impact painfully upon hundreds of millions of people.

Presenting both a history of the current crisis and well as an overview of its politics, Inequality and the Global Economic Crisis look at militarism, consumerism, the media, education, housing and the homeless, nutrition and hunger, family life for a full picture of the destruction of global financialisation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 17.27mm | 376.48g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745329438
  • 9780745329437
  • 1,871,886

Table of contents


1. Inequality: An Introduction

2. Class Inequality and the Inequality of Political and Social Power

3. Inequality Based on Gender, "Race," Nationalism and Religion

4. Big Business and Inequality

5. Today's Inequality as Worsened by Consumerism and the Media,

6. Globalization: Unintended Consequences, Inc.

7. Financialization: Las Vegas, Inc.

8. Militarism and Inequality

9. Inequality's Consequences for its Victims and its Victimizers regarding: Poverty and Health Care

10. Inequality's Consequences for its Victims and its Victimizers regarding Education, Housing and the Homeless, Nutrition and Hunger, Opportunity, Dignity, Morale, and Family life

11. Inequality's Interacting Consequences for the Economy, Democracy, and Social Decency

12. Comparisons of Inequality and its treatment between the U.S.A. and Western Europe



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'Offers readers a reliable, clear-headed and compassionate analysis of the current global economic crisis' -- Marilyn B. Young, Professor of History, New York University and co-editor of Bombing Civilians: A 20th Century History. 'There's no person alive that I've learned more from than Doug Dowd' -- Daniel Ellsberg, author of "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers." 'Douglas Dowd is our most reliable economic historian, and in this book he skilfully weaves together the current economic crisis, the globalisation factor, and the persistence of equality to come up with a penetrating analysis of where we are today. The book is full of useful, often startling information. It is an ideal antidote to the nonsense we get from the so-called experts' -- Howard Zinn
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About Douglas Dowd

Douglas Dowd was a widely respected academic and political activist. He taught at Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California, Berkeley, San Jose State University and at the University of Modena in Italy. He is the author of Capitalism and its Economics (Pluto, 2004), Inequality and the Global Economic Crisis (Pluto, 2009) and Understanding Capitalism (Pluto, 2000).
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