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Strange Love: Or How We Learn To Stop Worrying and Love the Market


reviewed by Michael Massey — 2003

coverTitle: Strange Love: Or How We Learn To Stop Worrying and Love the Market
Author(s): Robin Truth Goodman and Kenneth J. Saltman
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0742516350, Pages: 234, Year: 2002
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Ambrose Bierce wrote in 1911 that a corporation is “an ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility” (Bierce, 1993, p. 19). Perhaps this explains the strange love held by Americans for corporatizing and consumerizing national culture, then cheerfully exporting the results around the planet, dangling the bait of possible local economic integration with the globalized Über-economy.   However, corporatization and globalization are under increasing scrutiny from points across the political spectrum. Global activists of diametrically opposed ideologies have joined in historically unlikely coalitions to resist what they see as the relentless encroachment of corporate culture and consumerist values into many facets of global society - including psychologically, philosophically, and politically vulnerable kids’ and teenagers’ subcultures. They seek the global survival and development of human, not financial, capital.   Canadian activist, Naomi Klein, recently commented,   For [my generation], maybe it’s the seductiveness of brand culture that makes it harder. Our parents’ generation was fighting against social conventions and class structures that they found suffocating. The codes of consumerism are really restrictive and stifling and sometimes... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 583-588
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11037, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 5:27:17 PM

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  • Michael Massey
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    MICHAEL MASSEY is an independent educational policy analyst and the developer of a forthcoming web-based, educational infomediary, edzine. Formerly, he was research associate with the Hawaii Educational Policy Center, adjunct instructor of marketing and management, and partner with Ward Howell International, a global executive search firm. His research interests include multidisciplinary perspectives on the radical restructuring of postsecondary education to support peaceful, global human development, democratic dissemination of educational policy issues, data, and analyses on the World Wide Web, reconceptualization of postsecondary professional schools and colleges, and the integration of multidisciplinary humanistic and scientific methods of inquiry.
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