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Barber, Benjamin R. 1939-2017

Works: 277 works in 778 publications in 13 languages and 22,376 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  History  Documentary films  Biography  Nonfiction films  Filmed interviews  Internet videos  Educational films  Short films  Television interviews 
Roles: Author, Commentator, Editor, Author of introduction, Illustrator, Interviewee, wpr, Creator, Lyricist
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Benjamin R Barber
Jihad vs. McWorld by Benjamin R Barber( Book )

101 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in 13 languages and held by 3,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The paradox at the core of this bold book is that the tendencies of both Jihad and McWorld are at work, both visible sometimes in the same country at the same instant. Jihad pursues a bloody politics of identity, while McWorld seeks a bloodless economics of profit. Belonging by default to McWorld, everyone is compelled to enroll in Jihad. But no one is any longer a citizen. And, asks Barber, without citizens, how can there be democracy?
The interdependence handbook : looking back, living the present, choosing the future( )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If mayors ruled the world : dysfunctional nations, rising cities by Benjamin R Barber( )

30 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the face of the most perilous challenges of our time--climate change, terrorism, poverty, and trafficking of drugs, guns, and people--the nations of the world seem paralyzed. The problems are too big for governments to deal with. Benjamin Barber contends that cities, and the mayors who run them, can do and are doing a better job than nations. He cites the unique qualities cities worldwide share: pragmatism, civic trust, participation, indifference to borders and sovereignty, and a democratic penchant for networking, creativity, innovation, and cooperation. He demonstrates how city mayors, singly and jointly, are responding to transnational problems more effectively than nation-states mired in ideological infighting and sovereign rivalries. The book features profiles of a dozen mayors around the world, making a persuasive case that the city is democracy's best hope in a globalizing world, and that great mayors are already proving that this is so"--
Con$umed : how markets corrupt children, infantilize adults, and swallow citizens whole by Benjamin R Barber( Book )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of the effects of capitalism on American culture and society reveals how consumer capitalism overproduces goods, targets children as consumers, and replaces public goods with private commodities
Strong democracy : participatory politics for a new age by Benjamin Barber( Book )

38 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since its appearance twenty years ago, Benjamin R. Barber's Strong Democracy has been one of the primary standards against which political science thinking and writing is measured. Defined as the participation of all of the people in at least some aspects of self government at least some of the time, Strong Democracy offers liberal society a new way of thinking about and practicing democracy. Barber argues that an excess of liberalism has undermined our democratic institutions and brought about the set of crises we still find ourselves struggling against: cynicism about voting, alienation, privatization, and the growing paralysis of public institutions. In a new preface Barber looks at the past twenty years an restates his argument, which seems, sadly, more pressing than ever."--Jacket
The death of communal liberty; a history of freedom in a Swiss mountain canton by Benjamin R Barber( )

18 editions published between 1974 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Switzerland today is faced with a profound dilemma-its village life is dying, a casualty of the collision between communal norms and the need for national survival in an industrial, urbanizing world. Benjamin Barber traces the origins and evolution of communal liberty in the group of alpine villages that make up modern Canton Graubunden, and recreates their poignant thousand-year struggle to maintain this tradition in the face of a hostile environment, hierarchical feudal institutions, and European power polities
An aristocracy of everyone : the politics of education and the future of America by Benjamin R Barber( Book )

27 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 1,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Until now, the current crisis in education has been defined by controversy over what should be taught, who should be taught, and, increasingly who should pay for it. What is less discussed is what these questions mean for the future of our country our society, and our very value system, the basis of which is democracy. In this brilliant, controversial, and profoundly original book, Benjamin R. Barber fundamentally alters the terms of the current debate over the value of opportunity in American education, politics, and culture." "In An Aristocracy of Everyone, Barber argues that the fashionable rallying cries of cultural literacy and political correctness completely miss the point of what is wrong with our society. While we fret about "the closing of the American mind" we utterly ignore the closing of American schools. While we worry about being edged out by Japanese technology we fall to tap the more fundamental ideological resources on which our country was founded. As Barber argues, the future of America lies not in competition but in education. Education in America can and must embrace both democracy and excellence." "But how can this goal be achieved? Barber explodes the notion that the so-called canon of accepted history and literary texts is a monolithic structure and demonstrates persuasively that our national story has always comprised an intermingling of diverse, contradictory, often subversive voices. Multiculturalism has, from the very start, defined America. From his gripping portrait of America poised on the brink of unprecedented change, Barber offers a daringly original program for effecting change: for teaching democracy depends not only on the preeminence of education but on a resurgence of true community service."
Fear's empire : war, terrorism, and democracy by Benjamin R Barber( Book )

23 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a detailed critique of the Bush administration's foreign policy, including arguments about the imposition of democracy on foreign nations and hypocritical actions by America
The truth of power : intellectual affairs in the Clinton White House by Benjamin R Barber( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Barber provides a meditation on truth and power - and the truth of power, which is the responsibility of the elected not to an idea but to the electorate. He identifies the fault lines that future progressive candidates must straddle if they are to win - and the gift they must have, if they are to be great, of calling forth the best in their fellow citizens. In the end, Barber gives us a unique portrait of our compelling and maddening ex-president, and the hopes and disillusionments he represents."--Jacket
The struggle for democracy by Benjamin R Barber( Book )

20 editions published between 1988 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the growth of democracy, its heroes and heroines, its enemies, and its failures and successes from classical Greece to Northern Ireland
The conquest of politics : liberal philosophy in democratic times by Benjamin R Barber( Book )

11 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A passion for democracy : American essays by Benjamin R Barber( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Benjamin Barber is one of America's preeminent political theorists. He has been a significant voice in the continuing debate about the nature and role of democracy in the contemporary world. A Passion for Democracy collects twenty of his most important writings on American democracy. In these pieces, Barber argues for participatory democracy without dependence on abstract metaphysical foundations, and he stresses the relationship between democracy and civil society, civic education, and culture."--Jacket
Totalitarianism in perspective: three views by Carl J Friedrich( Book )

18 editions published in 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A place for us : how to make society civil and democracy strong by Benjamin R Barber( Book )

9 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In our crowded, noisy world - too many people, too much crime, too many wars, not enough time - it seems almost impossible to locate and preserve the common ground where a civil society might flourish. Where can we be ourselves and live our lives, arbitrate our differences, be something more than mere consumers, take charge of things? Everywhere we look there is conflict, alienation, bureaucracy, unbridled marketeering capitalism, loss of individual control. Whatever happened to the civic virtue and community life that nourished true democracy?" "In this book, Benjamin Barber tackles these questions head-on and, in answering them, retrieves the ideals of "civil society" from the nostalgists who want to re-create old-fashioned (and discriminatory) small communities and from the free-marketeers who associate it with unfettered commercial activity. Barber proposes practical strategies for making civil society real, for civilizing public discourse and promoting civic debate, and for envisioning an America where we honor values beyond those of work and leisure, commerce and bureaucracy."--Jacket
Liberating feminism by Benjamin R Barber( Book )

10 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hijacking catastrophe : 9/11, fear & the selling of American empire( Visual )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film discusses how the events of September 11, 2001 have influenced United States politics, from advancing a pre-existing military agenda to curtailing civil liberties and social programs. Places the Bush administration's justifications for the war in the context of the struggle by neo-conservatives to increase American power globally by means of force. Contends that the administration has deliberately manipulated intelligence, political imagery, and fear to garner support for American military intervention
Superman and common men; freedom, anarchy, and the revolution by Benjamin R Barber( Book )

17 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The artist and political vision( Book )

9 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in English and held by 497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cool cities : urban sovereignty and the fix for global warming by Benjamin R Barber( Book )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A pointed argument that cities-not nation-states-can and must take the lead in fighting climate change. Climate change is the most urgent challenge we face in an interdependent world where independent nations have grown increasingly unable to cooperate effectively, even on the urgent issue of sustainability. Can cities do better? Benjamin R. Barber argues that with more than half the world's population, 80 percent of both its GDP and its greenhouse gas emissions, and a common will to cooperate, they can. In this compelling sequel to If Mayors Ruled the World, Barber assesses both broad principles and specific strategies like fracking bans, walkable cities, above-ground mining of precious resources, energy and heating drawn from garbage incineration, downtown wind turbines, and skyscrapers built from wood. He shows how cities working together on climate change can find common measures by which to evaluate the radically different policies they pursue. This is a book for a world in which combating climate change is about nothing less than cities' survival
Consumed : how markets corrupt children, infantilize adults, and swallow citizens whole by Benjamin R Barber( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Dutch and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This provocative culmination of Benjamin R. Barber's lifelong study of democracy and capitalism shows how the infantalist ethos deprives society of responsible citizens and displaces public gods with private commodites
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Jihad vs. McWorld
The interdependence handbook : looking back, living the present, choosing the futureCon$umed : how markets corrupt children, infantilize adults, and swallow citizens wholeStrong democracy : participatory politics for a new ageAn aristocracy of everyone : the politics of education and the future of AmericaFear's empire : war, terrorism, and democracyThe truth of power : intellectual affairs in the Clinton White HouseThe struggle for democracyThe conquest of politics : liberal philosophy in democratic times
Alternative Names
Barber, Benjamin

Barber, Benjamin 1939-

Barber Benjamin 1939-2017

Barber, Benjamin R.

Barber, Benjamin R., 1939-

Barber, Benjamin Reynolds 1939-

Barber, Benjamin Reynolds 1939-2017

Barberis Benjaminas R.

Benjamin Barber Amerikaans politicoloog

Benjamin Barber amerykański politolog

Benjamin Barber Politòleg estatunidenc

Benjamin Barber Politólogo estadounidense

Benjamin R. Barber

Benjamin R. Barber US-amerikanischer Politologe und Professor für Zivilgesellschaft an der University of Maryland

Бенджамин Барбер

בארבר, בנג׳מין ר.

בארבר, בנג׳מין ר 1939-

בארבר, בנג׳מין ר., 1939-2017

بنجامين باربر

بنجامين ر. باربر، 1939-

بنجامین باربر

바버, 벤자민 R. 1939-2017

벤자민 바버(Benjamin Barber)

バーバー, ベンジャミン

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