Systemic Collapse and Renewal: How Race and Capital Came to Destroy Meaning and Civility in America and Foreshadow the Coming Economic Depression (Paperback)
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Systemic Collapse and Renewal: How Race and Capital Came to Destroy Meaning and Civility in America and Foreshadow the Coming Economic Depression (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 15/10/2018
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In a time of great US and global social unrest and unravelling, Systemic Collapse and Renewal presents a blueprint for how Americans can respond to that unrest by reclaiming and rebuilding our democracy. Part I traces the deep, underlying sources of the disintegration and collapse. Through storytelling, case history and ethnography, it examines how a small group of people ("elites") used ethnic diversity resulting from a natural pattern of global in-migration to the US as a distraction while they implemented a planned, behind-closed-doors strategy to seize the democracy, ruin the middle class and deprive a once proud people of an expectation that their government will be "by, for and of the people." With the former representative democracy "hijacked" by these moneyed interests, Systemic Collapse and Renewal demonstrates that it remains quintessentially American to believe "there can always be a way out," and that the encroaching acts of fascism by elites can be pushed back and defeated. Tapping into this optimism, Part II of Systemic Collapse and Renewal sets forth a path for democratic renewal. That path begins by examining that which was taken away: the "shared meanings" (or cultural norms, beliefs and behaviors) that are deeply American and can be easily re-taught, celebrated and once again used by Americans to build social cohesion as a country. Departing the recent liberal emphasis on critique and on assigning blame, Part II of Systemic Collapse and Renewal urges a new US educational and social movement based on mutual reliance-and "healing the wounds"-for an increasingly diverse country. Democratic renewal begins with the simple step of sharing our stories and our dreams about how to make a better world.

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
ISBN: 9781433148262
Edition: New edition


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"In this remarkable book, Gregory Tanaka-education researcher, legal scholar, social scientist, and activist-traces the causes of democratic collapse to the loss of `shared cultural meanings' whereby relentless individualism eclipses the values of mutuality and responsibility to community. Part autoethnography, part shared storytelling, and part cultural, historical, and economic analysis, this compelling narrative takes readers into the halls of corporate and academic power, interrogating the role of race and capital in the seizure of democracy, and asking `what it means to be an American.' But Dr. Tanaka's narrative is more than a critique of democratic collapse-it is most importantly a humanizing proposal for democratic renewal through collective action and uplifting. This is a highly accessible book for an interdisciplinary readership of scholars and educators. Even more, it is vital reading for emerging generations of change makers, and for policymakers and the diverse publics they serve." Teresa L. McCarty, G.F. Kneller Chair in Education and Anthropology and Faculty in American Indian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
"Dr. Gregory Tanaka has written a powerful treatise not only explaining the cause and effects of the 2008 global financial crisis but also presenting a thorough and convincing argument on why the United States-and its entire socio-economic-political system-must now be drastically reformed in order to avert extended systemic collapse today. A must-read for bankers on Wall Street!" Allen T. Cheng, Asia Bureau Chief, Institutional Investor, Inc.
"Greg Tanaka's moving and illuminative text is equal parts memoir and analysis of the ethno-cultural predicament as it has evolved from his 1950s childhood to the present. It covers a wide range of experiences and tropes, yet all of them significantly American-business competition, baseball, public education, participatory democracy, the immigrant experience, and so on. In its most concerning moments, the book is as Tanaka would say, "an anthropology of collapse." But then again, as it moves forward, it is also "an anthropology of renewal." I read in it promise. I read in it disappointment. I read in it possibility. This book feels like America. And I loved it." Kevin Michael Foster, President of the Council on Anthropology and Education, Founder of Blackademics Television on PBS TV, and Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
"Gregory Tanaka's piercingly personal account of the slow burn of racism, coupled with his incisive analysis of how greed has choked American democracy, renders his book as timely as it is heartbreaking. Yet Tanaka also manages to inspire with his deep conviction that out of the wreckage a new kind of collective human spirit-a true democracy of the people-might arise. A gorgeous blend of autobiographical reflection and sociopolitical critique." Mari Ruti, Distinguished Professor of Critical Theory and of Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Toronto

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