Barbarians at the Gates of the Public Library: How Postmodern Consumer Capitalism Threatens Democracy, Civil Education and the Public Good

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Library Juice Press, LLC, 2014. 5. 14. - 145페이지
Barbarians at the Gates of the Public Library is a philosophical and historical analysis of how the rise of consumerism has led to the decline of the original mission of public libraries to sustain and promote democracy through civic education. Through a reading of historical figures such as Plato, Helvetius, Rousseau, and John Stuart Mill, the book shows how democracy and even capitalism were originally believed to depend upon the moral and political education that public libraries (and other institutions of rational public discourse) could provide. But as capitalism developed in the 20th century it evolved into a postmodern consumerism that replaced democracy with consumerism and education with entertainment. Public libraries have mistakenly tried to remain relevant by shadowing the rise of consumerism, but have instead contributed to the rise of a new barbarism and the decline of democracy.
 

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This book appealed to me on many levels: it discusses libraries, sociology, libraries as a within social science, economics, and it was just over 100 pages. Kathleen de la Peña McCook summarizes the ... 전체 리뷰 읽기

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The Crisis of Democracy and the Public Library
1
Democracy and the Profession of Librarianship
5
Public Libraries Democracy and the Public Good
11
Education Democracy and the Public Good
17
Education Edification Entertainment and Consumption
27
From Ethical Liberalism to Economic Liberalism
35
Coney Island and the Rise of Mass Enter tainment
41
Barbarism and Entertainment
47
From Citizen to Consumer
65
Democracy the Public Good and the Postmodern Information Economy
75
Markets Bureaucracies and New Econ omy Management Theory
95
Postmodern Consumer Capitalism and the Public Library
113
Bibliography
123
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