- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; First Printing edition (2 Sept. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0871564300
- ISBN-13: 978-0871564306
- Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 1.6 x 30.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Material World: A Global Family Portrait (Sierra Club Books Publication) Paperback – 2 Sep 2002
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We are witnessing the emergence of a unified world economy, as exemplified by NAFTA and GATT, that will, in theory, make goods available at cheaper prices, create new jobs throughout the world, raise standards of living, and benefit the average family. However, population growth and resource exploitation will also affect these potential benefits as patterns of consumption change. In stunning photographs and text, "Material World" demonstrates the present context for the emerging global economy, what it means to be 'statistically average', by displaying families in more than thirty nations outside their homes - with all their possessions in view. Among the 350 stunning images are those of a family in lush Samoa juxtaposed with a Kuwaiti family and the two Mercedes-Benzes parked outside their desert home; a family in Iceland posing with their treasured string instruments while a family in Sarajevo huddles outside their bullet-ridden apartment.This text describes what it means to be 'average' in each of thirty very dissimilar cultures and the impact of each way of life on the local environment.Statistical information about each country accompanies the photo-essays so that readers can easily compare one culture with another. "Material World" is a fascinating portrait of multicultural diversity and a preview of emerging issues raised by the impact of the global economy on the cultural heritage of the human community.
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countries can survive happily with so few
material goods. I think it has a special meaning around Christmas time, when it seems that all some people can think about is what items to give and receive. I especially liked the comparison of toilets from around the world; from the heated seat in Germany to a solitary tree in a less developed country.
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My children and I read this together to better understand our places in this wide world....and how lucky we are in material terms int he West.Published 7 months ago by Godbless
like the book but still a bit difficult for my young kids. However I can still use it in different waysPublished 14 months ago by Miss Melissa Galea
Despite being about 20 years old, the issues in the book are current. I love the way that it sensitively exposes the inequalities in the world, and yet how each family shares a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Andy
Well done.... a lovely second hand copy..........or as the Californians say.... "previously enjoyed"Published 18 months ago by Maeve Edwards