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Capitalism and Social Progress: The Future of Society in a Global Economy (Reaching the Unreached) [Paperback]

Hugh Lauder , Phillip Brown

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4 May 2001 Reaching the Unreached
Why, when America and Britain are wealthier than ever, do millions of children live in poverty, neighborhoods want for basic amenities, and the middle classes fear for their families, jobs, and futures? The historical legacy of the "golden era" and the ideology of market individualism are obsessions that the New Democrats in America and the New Labour in Britain have failed to exorcize. Yet the forces of knowledge-driven capitalism provide an unprecedented opportunity to build societies more equitably based on the individual and collective intelligence of all. Capitalism and Social Progress shows how this change can be achieved.

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Phil Brown was brought up in a small town near Oxford, England. He left school with little to show for twelve years of education before starting working life as a craft apprentice at the British Leyland car factory in Cowley, Oxford. The boredom of factory life drove him to take-up evening classes where he was first introduced to Sociology. This sparked a passion for the social sciences that remains as strong to this day but with a growing sense of urgency as we seem unprepared for the economic and social world Western countries have now entered. This concern is captured in many of his publications but especially The Global Auction: The Broken Promises of Education, Jobs and Incomes.

Before becoming a Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, he worked at the University of Cambridge and University of Kent at Canterbury. He has also been a Visiting Professor at UBC in Vancouver and Science Po in Paris. He is currently conducting further research on globalisation and the future of work in seven countries including China, India and the United States.

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'Many have tried to come to grips with the explosive impact of the new, deregulated globalizing capitalism on everything else, from family life to politics. Most have failed, simply because they have focuses on just one slice of life, missing the wider picture; Phillip Brown and Hugh Lauder have succeeded, because of their intellectual courage in embracing all of it - and it does not hurt that their book is so well written.' - Edward N. Luttwak

'a tour de force' - Joan Wills, Institute for Educational Leadership, Inc.

'This is a book that should be read and re-read on both sides of the Atlantic and throughout the industrial world'. - Kent H. Hughes, Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Centre, former Associate Deputy Secretary of Commerce and President of the Council of Competitiveness

'an extremely stimulating and pathbreaking piece of work.' - David Ashton, Director of the Centre for Labour Market Studies, Leicester University
'...an excellent and well-argued book and even if much of the account of post-Fordism is familiar, it knits together economic processes, politics and family life in challenging ways. Brown and Lauder's critique of the Third Way strategy on employment and education should be read by everyone concerned with higher education policy and practice.' - Larry Ray, Current Sociology

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PHILLIP BROWN is Research Professor in Sociology at Cardiff University. His publications include Schooling Ordinary Kids; Education, Unemployment and Labour Markets; Beyond Thatcherism; Poor Work; Education for Economic Survival; Higher Education and Corporate Realities and Education: Culture, Economy and Society.

HUGH LAUDER is Professor of Education and Political Economy at the Department of Education, University of Bath. His academic books include Trading in Futures; Why Markets in Education Don't Work; Education in Search of a Future; Education for Economic Survival; Towards Successful Schooling and Education, Culture, Economy and Society.

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