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Privileged Goods

Commoditization and Its Impact on Environment and Society, 1st Edition

By Jack P. Manno

CRC Press

280 pages

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What are the obstacles in the way of effectively solving the environmental crises of our time? What can we do to overcome them? These may be two of the most important questions heading into the 21st century. Organized human societies have the ability to completely change the world. While we have excelled at building, destroying and rebuilding, we have not succeeded at conserving, preserving, and sustaining.

Priviledged Goods: Commoditization and Its Impact on Environment and Society suggests that our propensity toward environmental destruction - a tragic flaw of the modern economy - can be understood as a result of hidden economic forces. These forces drive social and economic development towards increasing mobilization of energy and material beyond what is actually needed to achieve general prosperity and meet basic human needs. The author explains the complex concept of commoditization using examples from key sectors of society.

Interdisciplinary in scope, Privileged Goods: Commoditization and Its Impact on Environment and Society will appeal to a wide variety of environmental professionals. It explains the key concepts, discusses the history of public policy, analyzes the "appropriate technology" movement of the 70s and compares it to the sustainable development movement of today.

Reviews

"There is no doubt that the authors have compiled the most comprehensive IP manual that is available. This work is an excellent resource and a very effective tutorial guide for anyone who may participate in an IP value chain."

-Richard F. Wilson, USDA-REE-ARS-NPS-CPPVS

"…provides new insight into why economies have increasingly marginalized many aspects of nature and society."

-Ecological Economics, March 2001

"The validity of Manno's argument lies in his careful building of the relationship between commoditization and nonsustainable development. An insightful read for scholars as well as general readers."

-J. Collins, University of Arkansas, in CHOICE

"… Manno does a solid job of connecting the excesses of the commodity culture to contemporary concerns such as the oppression of women and the survival of indigenous peoples' cultures… as economics books go, this one is generally quite accessible."

o does a solid job of connecting the excesses of the commodity culture to contemporary concerns such as the oppression of women and the survival of indigenous peoples' cultures… as economics books go, this one is generally quite accessible."

-Barry Boyer, Dean of the University of Buffalo Law School, in Great Lakes United

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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Privileged Qualities of Commodities

The Process of Commoditization

Examples of How Commoditization Works

The Attributes of Commoditization

Conclusion

Evolution, Systems, and Commoditization

Introduction

Commoditization and Evolutionary Theory

The Natural Selection of Commodities

Commoditization and Systems

Conclusion

Commoditization and Distortion of Development

Introduction

Unfair Competition and Comparisons

Industrial or High Input Agriculture VS Low Input Agriculture

Health Care and Health Services

Environmental Pollution Control and the 4Rs

Transportation

Science and Academia

Electricity Sector (Box)

Conclusion

Systematic Oppression

Introduction

Linking Oppression and Commoditization

How to Build a Community

Conquest, Money, and Commoditization

Commoditization and the Oppression of Indigenous People

The Legacy of Colonialism in the Modern Global Economy

Commoditization and the Oppression of Women

Commoditization and Class Oppression

The Underdevelopment of Imagination

Conclusion

The Institutional Development of the Commoditized Economy

Introduction

European Foundations

Pre-industrial Commercial Institutions

The Rise of Industrialism and the Modern Economy

The American Experience

Ecology and Commoditization

Sustainable Development and the Challenge of Ecology

Ecological Principles and Economic Implications

Conclusion

Toward a Coordinated Decommoditization Strategy

Introduction

The Policy Wedges

The Role of Participatory Democracy

The Powers of Government

Steps in a Decommoditization Strategy

Decommoditization Effect on Government

Credit Policies

Building a Movement

About the Author

Manno\, Jack P.

About the Series

Ecological Economics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS042000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management Science
NAT011000
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCI020000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Ecology
TEC010000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General