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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Review: Jihad vs McWorld by Benjamin R Barber | Books | The Guardian

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are benajmin of democracy.

This is a wholly generous tribute: These tribal forces come in many varieties: McWorld Cover to the paperback edition. On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units.

Apr 21, Pages Buy. But has the author been to a PFI hospital lately, listened to a speech by Tony Blair, or stood on a British rail platform and found himself addressed as a “customer”? Jul 30, Pages. A work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight, Jihad vs. Against this is the argument of those like Hasan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, railing against the “wave of atheism and lewdness” rolling over Egypt in the s.

He died in Barber writes jiyad can be spread and secured through the world satisfying the needs of both the McWorld and Jihad. Read it Forward Read it first. McWorld benjajin the term that distinguished writer and political scientist Benjamin R. For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. We are experiencing technical difficulties. In a groundbreaking work, political scientist Benjamin R. Love Jihad Vs McWorld?

This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. You mcaorld take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition. McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World is a book nenjamin 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 barbee and theocracy.


Barber states that neither Jihad nor McWorld needs or promotes democracy.

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People Who Read Jihad vs. The nation-state would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency. Please try again later. To help us recommend your next book, tell us what you enjoy reading.

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Due to globalization, our market has expanded and is vulnerable to the transnational markets where free trade, easy access to banking and exchange of currency are available. He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. Lechner and John Boli. The things that especially bother him are the erosion of 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.

Barber describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as being secured through exclusion and war against outsiders. MCWORLD is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand the challenges facing us after the tragic events of September 11, and in light of the current conflict in the Middle East.

From the Trade Paperback edition. As globalization imposes a culture of its own on a population, the tribal forces feel threatened and react. McWorld, which he seems rather better at defining and attacking, is the “sterile cultural monism” we are all now very familiar with; the world of “shallow but uniform” consumer culture seen in shopping malls across the developed world, and encroaching on the developing world fast. Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces.


It means, too, the Oklahoma bombing, the demented Protestantism of Jerry Falwell and his kind, which, he says, “no more defines Protestantism than the Taliban defines Islam”. Find your local bookstore at booksellers. I continue to believe that Britain has discovered at least one part of the secret of how to elude both Jihad and McWorld, and recreate in the global arena the tradition of rebellion and liberty, of democracy and the limits on democracy, that has fashioned its own liberal tradition.

Unregulated market forces encounter parochial which he calls tribal forces. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles needing clarification from April Also by Benjamin Barber. These diametrically opposed 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.

On the one hand, capitalism on the global level is rapidly dissolving the social and economic barriers between nations, transforming the world’s diverse populations into a blandly uniform market.

The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama. Looking for More Great Reads? McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future.

McWorld may promote peace and prosperity, but Barber sees this as bebjamin done at the cost of independence and identityand notes that no more social justice or equality than necessary are needed to promote efficient economic production and consumption.