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Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism


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Table of Contents

  • PART 1 - Introduction: The Consumer, the Laborer, the Capitalist, and the Nation-State in the Society of Perpetual Growth
  • Chapter 1: Constructing the Consumer
  • Chapter 2: The Laborer in the Culture of Capitalism
  • Chapter 3: The Rise and Fall of the Merchant, Industrialist, and Financier
  • Chapter 4: The Nation-State in the Culture of Capitalism
  • PART 2 - The Global Impact of the Culture of Capitalism: Introduction
  • Chapter 5: Population Growth, Migration, and Urbanization
  • Chapter 6: Hunger, Poverty, and Economic Development
  • Chapter 7: Environment and Consumption
  • Chapter 8: Health and Disease
  • Chapter 9: Indigenous Groups and Ethnic Conflict
  • PART 3 - Resistance and Rebellion: Introduction
  • Chapter 10: Peasant Protest, Rebellion, and Resistance
  • Chapter 11: Anti-Systemic Protest
  • Chapter 12: Religion and Anti-Systemic Protest
  • Chapter 13: Solving Global Problems: Some Solutions and Courses of Action

About the Author

Richard Robbins received his Ph.D. in anthropology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has spent his entire teaching career at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Some of his most formative academic experiences include field research among Cree, Inuit and Naskapi First Nations peoples of Canada, Acadian farmers and fisherfolk in New Brunswick, Canada, and among religious communal societies in the United States. A research semester at the Science Studies Unit at the University of Edinburgh would count as one of his most stimulating intellectual experiences.

He has received the State University of New York's Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the American Anthropological Association/McGraw-Hill Teacher of the Year Award. He appeared also in the hit anti-globalization documentary, The Yes Men. He is currently SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at Plattsburgh, and maintains a global problems website at and a general website at He can be contacted by email at


"A must-read for anyone hoping to even begin to comprehend the complexities and underlying bases of the modern world."

- James Sewastynowicz, Jacksonville State University

"Frankly, I am not familiar with a book similar to this one in its scope, readability, or focus. Overwhelmingly my students find it to be appropriate and interesting."

- Miguel Vasquez, Northern Arizona University

"Robbins does a nice job of integrating the problems of hunger with the issues of a capitalist economy."

- George Esber, Miami University Middletown

". . . I think the organization works really well. I like that it is organized according to the dynamics of capitalism, its affects across the globe, and finally responses and challenges to it. I especially like that the book ends with a chapter on citizen-activism. I like the writing style. It is friendly, up-beat, not mechanical."

- Suzanne Scheld, California State University, Northridge

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