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The Debt of the Living
The Debt of the Living (January 2017)
Ascesis and Capitalism
Elettra Stimilli - Author
Arianna Bove - Translator
Roberto Esposito - Foreword by

Analyzes theological and philosophical understandings of debt and its role in contemporary capitalism.
Max Weber’s account of the rise of capitalism focused on his concept of a Protestant ethic, valuing diligence in earning and saving money but restraint in spending it. However, such individual restraint is foreign to contemporary understandings of finance, which treat ever-increasing consumption and debt as natural, almo...(Read More)
 
 
BRAC, Global Policy Language, and Women in Bangladesh
BRAC, Global Policy Language, and Women in Bangladesh (October 2015)
Transformation and Manipulation
Manzurul Mannan - Author

A critical examination of the impact of BRAC, the world’s largest NGO, on the status of women in Southern Bangladeshi cultural life.
Founded in 1972 and now the largest NGO in the world, BRAC has been lauded for its efforts aimed at lifting the poor, especially women, out of poverty. In BRAC, Global Policy Language, and Women in Bangladesh, Manzurul Mannan—while not denying the many positive accomplishments of ...(Read More)
 
 
Massively Parallel Globalization
Massively Parallel Globalization (June 2015)
Explorations in Self-Organization and World Politics
David C. Earnest - Author

Explores how individuals and groups adapt to the challenges of globalization.

In this era of globalization, people organize into fluid, adaptive networks to solve complex problems and provide resources that nation-states cannot. Examples include the Grameen Bank, mHealth, and the Ushahidi open source software project. Why do these networks succeed where nation-states fail? Only recently have social scientists deve...(Read More)
 
 
Corporate Power, Oligopolies, and the Crisis of the State
Corporate Power, Oligopolies, and the Crisis of the State (February 2015)
Luis Suarez-Villa - Author

Addresses the power of oligopolistic corporations in contemporary society.

The largest, wealthiest corporations have gained unprecedented power and influence in contemporary life. From cradle to grave the decisions made by these entities have an enormous impact on how we live and work, what we eat, our physical and psychological health, what we know or believe, whom we elect, and how we deal with one another and wi...(Read More)
 
 
Living on Your Own
Living on Your Own (April 2014)
Single Women, Rental Housing, and Post-Revolutionary Affect in Contemporary South Korea
Jesook Song - Author

An ethnography of young, single women struggling to live independently in South Korea.

Living on Your Own is an ethnography of young, single women in South Korea who seek to live independently. Using extensive interviews, along with media analysis and archival research, Jesook Song traces the women’s difficulties in achieving residential autonomy. Song exposes the clash between the women’s bu...(Read More)
 
 
Emerald City
Emerald City (May 2013)
The Birth and Evolution of an Indian Gemstone Industry
Lawrence A. Babb - Author

A fascinating study of the gemstone industry of Jaipur, with special emphasis on its ownership class.

Lawrence A. Babb’s Emerald City provides an intriguing portrait of the gemstone cutting industry of the North Indian city of Jaipur. It focuses on the ownership class consisting mainly of Jains and members of northern India’s traditional trading communities. Based on oral-historical investig...(Read More)
 
 
America's Economic Moralists
America's Economic Moralists (February 2009)
A History of Rival Ethics and Economics
Donald E. Frey - Author

Traces the history of two rival American economic moralities from colonial times to the present.

Since colonial times, two discernable schools have debated major issues of economic morality in America. The central norm of one morality is the freedom, or autonomy, of the individual and defines virtues, vices, obligations, and rights by how they contribute to that freedom. The other morality is relational and def...(Read More)
 
 
Comparing Apples and Mangoes
Comparing Apples and Mangoes (July 2007)
The Overpoliticized State in Developing Countries
S. N. Sangmpam - Author

Uncovers important similarities in the political features of developing countries in Africa, Asia,and Latin America.

Two competing approaches currently dominate the debate about the state and institutions in developing countries. The first projects a picture of transnational, vertical uniformity descending from the West to developing countries and views liberal democracy as “the only game in town.” In th...(Read More)
 
 
Product Market Structure and Labor Market Discrimination
Product Market Structure and Labor Market Discrimination (January 2006)
John S. Heywood - Editor
James H. Peoples - Editor

Measures the relationship between market competition and the treatment of women, minorities, and the disabled in the workplace.

While increased competition may generate economic efficiency and push employee compensation to market rates, it may also help reduce differential treatment for protected groups such as women, minorities, and the disabled. This book presents the most comprehensive body of empirical evidence on the...(Read More)

 
 
Petty Capitalists and Globalization
Petty Capitalists and Globalization (March 2005)
Flexibility, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development
Alan Smart - Editor
Josephine Smart - Editor

Examines how small firms, like large ones, are mobilizing to compete in a global economy.

Globalization is often seen as driven by large corporations and supranational organizations. Enterprises operated by petty capitalists may be small, but there is nothing petty about their significance for the operation of economies or our understanding of contemporary societies, families, and localities. Petty Capitalism and Glob...(Read More)
 
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