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Chrysalis Effect: The Metamorphosis of Global Culture

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The Chrysalis Effect shows that the chaos and conflict experienced worldwide today are the result of a global cultural metamorphosis, one which has accelerated so rapidly in recent decades as to provoke fierce resistance. Many of the changes that have taken place in the last fifty years – the feminist movement, the rapid spread of democracy, the global economy, quantum ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Sussex Academic Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Slareck
Mar 16, 2012 Slareck rated it liked it
Something like a primer for the major "shift" that is allegedly to come some time in the future.

Slater holds that for the last couple millenia or so, human societies have been dominated by a Control Culture, which requires dominance over women, wages wars, splits the world into "myself" and "others" and thus holds a sort of binary worldview. For some reason (Slater does not elaborate why) the Control Culture is being replaced by an Integrative Culture, which values holism, peace, equality, democ
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Mar 15, 2016 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant, insightful, prescient call for a new global paradigm

In its depiction of Control Culture vs Integrative Culture, this book has astonishing explanatory power. Although it was written in 2008, it seems to explain the dynamics of the 2016 US elections with uncanny precision. Slater's framework predicts the rise of nationalism, bigotry, and militarism, even down to the call to build a wall, explaining its origins: the "immune system" of old Controller ways putting up its final resistance
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Oct 12, 2009 Jeff added it
It started out with a promising concept that didn't really seem to go anywhere or say anything new in the end.
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Philip Slater was an author, actor, playwright, and sociologist. He taught sociology at Harvard, Brandeis, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. He obtained a doctorate from Harvard.

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