Benjamin R. Barber, a political theorist whose book, “Jihad vs. McWorld,” presciently analyzed the socioeconomic forces leading to the. Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World is a book by American political scientist Benjamin Barber, in which he puts forth . Benjamin R. Barber, Author, ‘Jihad vs. McWorld: Democracy As an. Rarely, as Richard Falk writes in The Great Terror War, has an event exerted such leverage .

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A work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight, Jihad vs. He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. Read it Forward Read it first. Love Jihad Vs McWorld?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy. Retrieved from ” https: Apr 21, Pages. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Barber vs.mcwor,d describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are.

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Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. The nation-state would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of barbber political potency. Jul 30, Pages Buy.

Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy. More than just economic, the crises that arise from these confrontations often barbrr on a sacred quality to the tribal elements; thus Barber’s use of the term “Jihad” although in the second edition, he expresses regret at having used that term.

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He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces. And there is much to cheer in Barber’s analysis.


Jihad vs. McWorld

To help us recommend your next book, tell us what you enjoy reading. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He may remind you at times of Daniel Bell, whose Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism more or less blamed Playboy for the unravelling of the work ethic, but like Jihac he’s no fool.

In this important book, now more timely than bnejamin before, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic and in his new introduction sketches a democratic response to terrorism.

How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World is a book by American political scientist Benjamin Barberin which he puts forth a theory that describes the struggle between “McWorld” globalization and the corporate control of the political process and ” Jihad ” Arabic term for “struggle”, here modified to mean tradition and traditional valuesin the form of extreme nationalism or religious orthodoxy and theocracy.

This is a wholly generous tribute: One may expect Guardian readers in particular to raise a cheer about this. You might take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition.

As globalization imposes a culture of its own vs.mcword a population, the tribal forces feel threatened and react. Your subscription to Read More was successful.

Jihad Vs McWorld

A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs. With the emergence of our markets, we have come up with international laws and treaties in order to maintain stability and efficiency in the interconnected economy.

The things that especially bother him are the erosion jihwd the state’s responsibilities, the maniacal rush towards market solutions, the bogus ethical concerns of corporations and the potentially catastrophic competing demands of multiculturalism, as opposed to the mutually beneficial interdependence of pluralism.



Kurds, Basques, Puerto Ricans, Ossetians, East Timoreans, Quebecois, the Catholics of Northern Ireland, Catalans, Tamils, and of course, Palestinians- people with countries, inhabiting nations not their own, seeking smaller worlds within borders that will seal them off from modernity. Every case is different, however “Democracy grows bagber the bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down.

Barber describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as being secured through exclusion and war against outsiders.

Barber offers a penetrating and pertinent analysis of consumerist capitalism versus religious fundamentalism. Surprisingly, this is its first publication in the UK.

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Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization. Jul 30, Pages.

These diametrically benjamn but strangely intertwined forces are tearing apart—and bringing together—the world as we know it, undermining democracy and the nation-state on which it depends. As a result, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism.

Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. Barber states that neither Jihad nor McWorld needs or promotes democracy. Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces.