The Global Industrial Complex: Systems of Domination

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Steven Best, Richard Kahn, Anthony J. Nocella II, Peter McLaren
Lexington Books, Sep 16, 2011 - Political Science - 344 pages
The Global Industrial Complex: Systems of Domination is a groundbreaking collection of essays by a diverse set of leading scholars who examine the entangled and evolving global array of corporate-state structures of hegemonic power—what the editors refer to as “the power complex”—that was first analyzed by C. Wright Mills in his 1956 classic work, The Power Elite. In this new volume edited by Steven Best, Richard Kahn, Anthony J. Nocella II, and Peter McLaren, the power complex is conceived as co-constituted, interdependent and imbricated systems of domination. Spreading insidiously on a global level, the transnational institutional relationships of the power complex combine the logics of capitalist exploitation and profits and industrialist norms of efficiency, control, and mass production, While some have begun to analyze these institutional complexes as separate entities, this book is unique in analyzing them as overlapping, mutually-enforcing systems that operate globally and which will undoubtedly frame the macro-narrative of the 21st century (and perhaps beyond). The global industrial complex—a grand power complex of complexes—thus poses one of the most formidable challenges to the sustainability of planetary democracy, freedom and peace today. But there can be no serious talk of opposition to it until it is more popularly named and understood. The Global Industrial Complex aims to be a foundational contribution to this emerging educational and political project.
 

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
25
Chapter Three
43
Chapter Four
97
Chapter Five
117
Chapter Six
133
Chapter Seven
155
Chapter Eight
169
Chapter Ten
211
Chapter Eleven
233
Chapter Twelve
263
Afterword
287
Index
301
Contributors
305
Editors
313
Copyright

Chapter Nine
197

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Steven Best is associate professor of humanities and philosophy at University of Texas, El Paso.
Richard Kahn is core faculty in education at Antioch University Los Angeles.
Peter McLaren is a professor in the school of critical studies in education at University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Anthony J. Nocella II is visiting professor in the School of Education at Hamline University.

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