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Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole


reviewed by Aaron Cooley — March 24, 2008

coverTitle: Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole
Author(s): Benjamin Barber
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co., New York
ISBN: 0393330893, Pages: 416, Year: 2008
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Benjamin Barber is a rather unique, American public intellectual. Many readers first became aware of his work with the reissuing of Jihad vs. McWorld: How globalism and tribalism are reshaping the world (2003), which became a bestseller. Yet, Barber is not just another Thomas Friedman-type author—Barber has serious intellectual chops. Barber’s early work, such as Strong Democracy: Participatory Politics for A New Age, first published in 1984, and later work on the civic importance of education, such as An Aristocracy of Everyone: The Politics of Education and the Future of America (1992), are considered first rate even by critics. So, it seems somewhat odd that his recent volume, Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole (2007), received quite a few unflattering reviews. Some reviewers attack the style of the book: “Overwritten[,] does not begin to describe Consumed, in which Benjamin Barber takes aim at kid culture,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 24, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15161, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 5:41:41 AM

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  • Aaron Cooley
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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    AARON COOLEY holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has mentored, tutored, and taught students in a range of diverse educational settings and previously worked at the North Carolina General Assembly. Aaron is dedicated to improving the educational and economic opportunities of all Americans through innovative ideas in public policy. His writing has appeared in Essays in Education, Education Review, Educational Theory, Educational Studies, Journal of Popular Culture, and the Political Studies Review.
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