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 . Nicholas Lezard’s choice: Benjamin R Barber’s Jihad vs McWorld, first published in , is chillingly topical. Benjamin R. Barber, a political theorist whose book, “Jihad vs. McWorld,” presciently analyzed the socioeconomic forces leading to the.

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Barger the title, from which it isn’t hard to get an idea of the contents, is rather chillingly apt – even more so than it was a decade ago. A work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight, Jihad vs. That’s because the wholesale acceptance of our culture is perceived by many of the world’s poor as a threat to their traditional lifestyles.

I think the whole idea of the McWorld vs. Jihad as used here is not, of course, merely the Islamic holy war, though it certainly includes this. Barber describes the solidarity needed within the uihad of Jihad as being secured through exclusion and war against outsiders. Start reading Jihad vs. Get to Know Us. For the Many, Not the Few.

Throughout the book, Barber describes the two forces as a dialectic. 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. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

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Such conditions breed anger and resentment against Westerners in general and often against the American symbols of global capitalism in particular. Barber’s work for its bold vision and moral courage. McWorld is the opposing movement –the ever-expanding globalization that brings McDonald’s, Walmart and American cinema to every corner of the globe.


In describing the world situation as a battle or, more accurately, dialectic between “Jihad” and “McWorld,” Benjamin Barber has not merely invented a catchy metaphor; this is indeed the direction much of the world is moving. Shopbop Designer Fashion Jiyad.

And when the devotees of Jihad act out in a truly violent manner, this in turn makes the superficially benign forces of corporate capitalism seem civilized by comparison.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Barber’s most important insight is that both of these forces, violently opposed to each other as they are, are incompatible with any meaningful concept of democracy. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Views Read Edit View history. In the worst case scenarios, negative energy is manifested by terrorism.

Jihad vs. McWorld

In the end, this would effectively diminish the attractiveness of joining in the ultimately self-destructive world of “Jihad”. Britain’s Legacies in the Modern World. The problem with Jihad is that, instead of offering a constructive criticism of McWorld, it retreats into a violent reactionary mode and blindly condemns everything modern.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. As policy makers struggle to learn how we can prevent another attack from happening, we would do well to consider the intelligent analysis in this mcwolrd book. We are experiencing technical difficulties. McWorld, on the other hand, embodies the most amoral aspects of Western civilization, sometimes giving credence to the fears of Jihad warriors.

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The author did a great job explaining both worlds and how in many ways they cause each other and how they effect society and democracy. Jihad stands not so much in stark opposition as in subtle counterpoint to McWorld and is itself a dialectical mwcorld to modernity whose features both reflect and reinforce the modern world’s virtues and vices –Jihad via McWorld rather than Jihad vs.


Read barbre Read less. Please try again later. I am a history person and I do not have much background in economics, so it is easy to confuse me.

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Barber argues that there are several imperatives vw make up the McWorld, or the globalization of politics: McWorld Cover to the paperback edition. McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: If Mayors Ruled the World: Don’t have a Kindle?

Civil society has to be built from the inside out. Kurds, Basques, Puerto Ricans, Ossetians, East Timoreans, Quebecois, the Catholics of Northern Ireland, Catalans, Tamils, and of course, Palestinians- people with countries, inhabiting nations not their own, seeking smaller worlds within borders that will seal them off from modernity.