Corporation Nation: How Corporations are Taking Over Our Lives -- and What We Can Do About It

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Macmillan, 2000 M04 10 - 384 pages
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Foreword by Ralph Nader. In Corporation Nation Derber addresses the unchecked power of today's corporations to shape the way we work, earn, buy, sell, and think—the very way we live. Huge, far-reaching mergers are now commonplace, downsizing is rampant, and our lines of communication, news and entertainment media, jobs, and savings are increasingly controlled by a handful of global—and unaccountable—conglomerates. We are, in effect, losing our financial and emotional security, depending more than ever on the whim of these corporations. But it doesn't have to be this way, as this book makes clear. Just as the original Populist movement of the nineteenth century helped dethrone the robber barons, Derber contends that a new, positive populism can help the U.S. workforce regain its self-control.

Drawing on core sociological concepts and demonstrating the power of the sociological imagination, he calls for revisions in our corporate system, changes designed to keep corporations healthy while also making them answerable to the people. From rewriting corporate charters to altering consumer habits, Derber offers new aims for businesses and empowering strategies by which we all can make a difference.


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America's in deep trouble—corporate oligopoly is seizing our money and stealing our humanity, too. Derber (Sociology/Boston Coll.; Money, Murder and the American Dream, 1992) diagnoses the problem ... Read full review


ONE The End of the Century
TWO The Curse of the Robber Barons
THREE The Mouse Mickey Mouse and Baby Bells
FOUR Companies That Run America
FIVE Bye Bye American Pie
SEX The Making of the Corporate Mystique
SEVEN Reinventing the Mystique
EIGHT The Dependent Corporation
TEN How to be Politically Hopeful for the Next Century
ELEVEN Why You Shouldnt Be Liberal or Conservative
TWELVE Whats Right and Wrong with Corporate
THIRTEEN How to Be Against Corporate Power and
FOURTEEN The Global Populist
FIFTEEN The Four Movements to Join
SIXTEEN Why Personal Responsibility Is Not Good Enough

NINE Five Reasons Americans Dont Think About

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Charles Derber, professor of sociology at Boston College and noted social critic, is the author of The Wilding of America.

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