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Globalization and the Demolition of Society Hardcover – August 1, 2011
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"[A]n atypical book.. well-written and jargon-free; requires no prior understanding of sociological theories, methods, or statistics; and critical of the reigning worldwide political-economic system.. that an understanding of the system is a necessary condition if one is to participate in system change makes sense. Recommended." - Choice
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The title is particularly apt. The free marketeers who are the only beneficiaries of deregulation and globalization are now literally dismantling the remnants of the social contract in country after country. Like the IMF in a developing nation, the corporate elite and their servants in Washington and elsewhere have imposed austerity measures, gone after unions and public employees, forced huge cuts in public programs, and insisted on giving business and the rich everything they want. Loo points out that 497 individuals in the U.S. have as much wealth as the bottom half of all humanity - three billion people. And some of the latter (e.g., Tea Partiers) appear to think that's normal and acceptable! If you want to know how we got to this sorry state of affairs, read this book. If you want to engage with a sophisticated perspective on the road to a radically different state of affairs, read this book.
In summary, if you have any interest in what the government has been doing, social change or globalization, this book may open your eyes to what's really going on and reminds me of various authors that have been featured on programs such as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report; shows which I think would be a great place for this book to be promoted.
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"Globilization" deconstructs the current worldview held by NeoLiberals and how that world view is affecting politics and shaping today's society. Dr. Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by Roxana
Loo conveys multiple points with sophisication and a clear diagnosis of the complexities that plague our society today. Read morePublished on March 29, 2012 by Ladydiaz
The theory on this book is awkward. I stopped reading at the end of Chapter 2. It has so many citations that I really cannot understand what Dr Loo is trying to explain about... Read morePublished on February 2, 2012 by K. Kim
Anyone wanting to understand--or better understand--how the U.S. political and economic system has become so dysfunctional will do well to read Dennis Loo's Globalization and the... Read morePublished on December 26, 2011 by AvidReader
Dr. Loo sets out in a clear framework the hole in our societal bucket. In a clear and easy to understand narrative Dr. Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by David Glenn Cox
Dr. Loo's book, "Globalization and Demolition of Society" is an excellent analysis of how neoliberal policies have overridden the basic tenents of our democracy. Read morePublished on October 21, 2011 by klawson
I am a college student attending California State Polytechnic University Pomona. I read this book as a junior studying sociology. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Cecy
Amazon allows us to read the first chapter free, which is way cool. Thanks, Amazon!
The topic of this book seems very important and timely to me. Read more
Globalization and the Demolition of Society by Dennis Loo is a challenging reading and yet a very thought provoking one, one that forces you to leave your comfort zone and come to... Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by Dolmons