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Market killing : what capitalism does and what social scientists can do about it

Miller, David and Philo, G. (2001) Market killing : what capitalism does and what social scientists can do about it. Longman, London, UK. ISBN 058238236X

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Abstract

This book shows how the release of the free market in the last part of the twentieth century produced a rise in inequality and violence, the development of a huge criminal economy and the degradation of social and cultural life. It questions the silence of academics in the face of these changes and asks how much they have been incorporated into the priorities of commerce and governments. Many academics in the social sciences, media and cultural studies have avoided critical issues and become occupied in obscure theoretical debates such as post-modernism. The effect was to draw inellectuals and students away from the engaged and empirical work needed to identify key social problems and possibilities for change. The authors of this book point to the need for independent research which can criticise political policies and reveal their effects. They show, for example, why contemporary policies on drugs and education are creating more problems than they solve. The book features contributions from a wide range of academic disciplines including mass communications, sociology, politics, geography, philosophy and economics, and points to new directions for radical science. It also examines the possibilities for a free and democratic media and calls for the development of critical and open debate.

Item type: Book
ID code: 1529
Notes: BOOK REVIEW - Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, Vol 13, No 1, January 2003.
Keywords: capitalism, market economy, social inequality, media, free enterprise, values, international economics relations, globalization, Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform , Economic Theory, Sociology
Subjects: Social Sciences > Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Social Sciences > Economic Theory
Social Sciences > Sociology
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Sociology
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    Depositing user: Prof David Miller
    Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2006
    Last modified: 17 Jul 2013 14:22
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/1529

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