A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization and How to Save It

A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization and How to Save It

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"It often seems that different crises are competing to devastate civilisation. This book argues that financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages need to be considered as part of the same ailing system. Most accounts of our contemporary global crises such as climate change, or the threat of terrorism, focus on one area, or another, to the exclusion of others. Nafeez Ahmed argues that the unwillingness of experts to look outside their specialisations explains why there is so much disagreement and misunderstanding about particular crises. This book attempts to investigate all of these crises, not as isolated events, but as trends and processes that belong to a single global system. We are therefore not dealing with a 'clash of civilizations', as Huntington argued. Rather, we are dealing with a fundamental crisis of civilization itself. This book provides a stark warning of the consequences of failing to take a broad view of the problems facing the world"--Publisher's description.
Publisher: London ; New York : Pluto Press, 2010
Description: viii, 299 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780745330549
9780745330532
Branch Call Number: 363.09051 Ahm

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woosyfoot
Mar 01, 2016

Agreed, this book is much more oriented to academics and policy wonks among us. Not easy reading, but if we ("WE") are to succeed (survive), these complex interactions must be understood.

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Liber_vermis
Oct 13, 2011

This jargon-filled book offers a rehash of the well-known perils of global climate change and peak oil while sidestepping the central driving forces of population ("demography", p. 8) and infrastructure growth. This book seems more targeted to poli-sci students rather than the 'general audience' in spite of the claims in the preface. The concluding "diagnosis" was even more unintelligible.

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Liber_vermis
Oct 13, 2011

"... the global crises examined here demonstrate the inevitability of two world events before the end of this century: (1) the end of industrial civilization as we know it; and (2) the coming of a post-carbon society. ... post-carbon civilization will be capable of harnessing sciences, technologies, values and cultures ... of that previous [fossil fuel-based] period. .... Thus, post-carbon civilization signifies not a step backwards, but a step forwards ... to achieve the goal of creating truly sustainable, harmonious and prosperous societies ...". (p. 7)

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