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Cultures Merging

Cultures Merging - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691117379

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ISBN13: 978-0691117379
ISBN10: 0691117373
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 06
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 2006
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Cultures Merging - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691117379

Jones

ISBN13: 978-0691117379
ISBN10: 0691117373
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 06
Publisher: Princeton University Press

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

''Economists agree about many things--contrary to popular opinion--but the majority agree about culture only in the sense that they no longer give it much thought.'' So begins the first chapter ofCultures Merging, in which Eric Jones--one of the world's leading economic historians--takes an eloquent, pointed, and personal look at the question of whether culture determines economics or is instead determined by it. Bringing immense learning and originality to the issue of cultural change over the long-term course of global economic history, Jones questions cultural explanations of much social behavior in Europe, East Asia, the United States, Australia, and the Middle East. He also examines contemporary globalization, arguing that while centuries of economic competition have resulted in the merging of cultures into fewer and larger units, these changes have led to exciting new syntheses. Culture matters to economic outcomes, Jones argues, but cultures in turn never stop responding to market forces, even if some elements of culture stubbornly persist beyond the time when they can be explained by current economic pressures. In the longer run, however, cultures show a fluidity that will astonish some cultural determinists. Jones concludes that culture's ''ghostly transit through history'' is much less powerful than noneconomists often claim, yet it has a greater influence than economists usually admit. The product of a lifetime of reading and thinking on culture and economics, a work of history and an analysis of the contemporary world,Cultures Mergingwill be essential reading for anyone concerned about the interaction of cultures and markets around the world.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
PART I CULTURAL ANALYSIS Chapter 1: The Revival of Cultural Explanation 3 Chapter 2: Cultures Fluid and Sticky 31 Chapter 3: Culture as Mediocrity 52 Chapter 4: The Means of Merging 85 Chapter 5: Institutions as Cryptogams 108
PART II CULTURAL COMMENTARY Chapter 6: Cultures of Immigration 135 Chapter 7: East Asia's Experience 161 Chapter 8: Economic Changes, Cultural Responses 194 Chapter 9: Cultural Protection 223
PART III CONCLUSION Chapter 10: Culture as Reciprocity 255

Bibliography 273

Index 291

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