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Shaping Globalization: Civil Society, Cultural Power and Threefolding Paperback – April 1, 2003

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""One more example of the depth, complexity, and scholarliness Perlas always brings to a subject. If we are at the beginning of a new history, we are lucky to have one of the very best thinking activists as our guide."
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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9719223308
  • ISBN-13: 978-9719223306
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,129,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John H. Beck on January 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
Nicanor Perlas prepared this book in time for the Millennium Forums around the UN in September 2000. His key is to consolidate the understanding of "culture" as a third co-equal dimension of society, alongside the more easily defined political and economic segments.

His crucial revelation is how this cultural sector, though manipulated and diverted as much as possible by economic and political interests (I'll call it "buying lying and denying"), is still able to exert the greatest influence of the three, when properly worked with. Lincoln's assertion that "right makes might" falls into this category.

As a historical note I would add that in the evolution of human consciousness we have reached the place where the old institutions of culture and values are no longer effective, and the effectiveness of culture as a guide to healthy societies depends on individual conscience. That is what Perlas himself has shown, as recognized by his being awarded the "Right Livelihood" Prize from Sweden, sometimes call "the alternative Nobel Prize."

Anyone who aspires to understand and to help improve society at any level will be inspired and empowered by the book.
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