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A Frenchman rents a Hollywood movie. A Thai schoolgirl mimics Madonna. Saddam Hussein chooses Frank Sinatra's "My Way" as the theme song for his fifty-fourth birthday. It is a commonplace that globalization is subverting local culture. But is it helping as much as it hurts? In this strikingly original treatment of a fiercely debated issue, Tyler Cowen makes a bold new case ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 21st 2004 by Princeton University Press (first published 2002)
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Daniel Frank
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most "Cowenian" of any of Tyler's books. Everything Tyler writes is true and important. Sadly, no matter how strong this book is, the thesis will go over the head of most cultural critics filled wth shallow, non-rigours and fiercely anti-market views.

Mar 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: insomniacs
plowing through the first chapter. Jeepers Creepers, 20 pages of "I statements" to define where he plans on taking the rest of this.

One such statement did prick my attention: Mr. Cowen is going to treat 'cuisine' as something completely separate from family/domestic life. As if cuisine is not food. Looking forward to seeing if he can pull it off.

The copy that I bought used is inscribed "To Michael, from a very big fan of what you are doing-- Tyler Cowen, love to know who Michael is and what he'
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Построенное на примерах обсуждение того, как глобализация делает страны все более похожими друг на друга, а жизненные пути людей все более разнообразными и менее похожими.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. He applies some powerful ideas to explain various aspects of culture. Preserving "diversity" across societies and over time requires denying cultural choice to consumers in certain geographies and demographics. Often this is prescribed by a European cultural elite and it takes the form of anti-globalism or anti-Americanism. ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
By trading cultures, each region increases its diversity, but the world as a whole becomes more homogeneous. That's the core here. He backs that idea up with countless examples which should be fun to bring up in future conversations. He talks about how many primitive, tribal cultures only really developed once they encountered the outside world (like how steel drum bands wouldn't exist without the oil industry) and also how isolation can breed creativity. It's obvious the idea of trading culture ...more
Nov 12, 2007 rated it liked it
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A balanced and insightful book. While Cowen does concede that Globalization isn't entirely good for the arts, he does show pretty conclusively that it is an overwhelmingly positive development for the arts. Globalization does change the way art and artists interact with customers and the market and Cowen looks pretty closely at how this impacts art and culture. Cowen isn't a prose stylist, but he writes clearly and cleanly. If you have any interest in how markets shape art and culture, you can l ...more
Mar 15, 2008 rated it liked it
interesting ! cultures are not absolutes in themselves and have evolved over a period of time. they are not absolutes.Hence, no point in trying to preserve something for the sake of it - what you're trying to protect is itself evolved. ...more
Aug 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
A good book describing the evolution of culture/arts and the interplay between different cultures.
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Jul 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
I felt like the arguments in this book, while interesting, weren't very clear, which made it hard to follow. ...more
Aug 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Anyone interested in how globalization impacts culture should read this book. Cowen presents a convincing argument that trade helps culture far more than it hurts.

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Tyler Cowen (born January 21, 1962) occupies the Holbert C. Harris Chair of economics as a professor at George Mason University and is co-author, with Alex Tabarrok, of the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution. He currently writes the "Economic Scene" column for the New York Times and writes for such magazines as The New Republic and The Wilson Quarterly.

Cowen's primary research interest is

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