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By Christopher S. Swader

Modern capitalism favors values that undermine our face-to-face bonds with family and friends contributors. concentrating on the post-communist global, and evaluating it to extra "developed" societies, this e-book unearths the combined results of capitalist tradition on interpersonal relationships. whereas such a lot observers blame the egoism and asocial habit present in new free-market societies on their communist pasts, this paintings indicates how relationships also are threatened by means of the revenue orientations and private ambition unleashed by way of monetary improvement. profitable humans in societies as varied as China, Russia, and jap Germany comply with the marketplace financial system at a social rate, stress-free their morals to be able to receive luck and succumbing to elevated fabric temptations to use relationships for his or her personal monetary achieve. The capitalist character is internally afflicted due to this "sellout," yet those qualms subside because it devalues intimate qualitative bonds with others. This booklet additionally exhibits that post-communists are equally individualized as humans dwelling in Western societies. Capitalism could certainly desire values of independence, creativity, and self-expressiveness, however it additionally rewards self-centeredness, consumerism, and the stripping down of morality. As is the case within the West, capitalist tradition fosters an internally conflicted and self-centered character in post-communist societies.

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Historically, the freeing of prices, opening local currency to free exchange, and exposure of local businesses to international markets brought huge shifts in the lives of the citizens in these societies. These changes, brought about by the transition from the planned to the market economy, meant transformations in two main spheres: in work and in goods. Work became less secure, with greater Becoming Homo-Economicus 15 potential variety, and there was a growth in service sector jobs, a greater income-gap between different jobs, and greater potential pay.

Thereafter, presumed effects of capitalist culture on social values will be prescribed through the prism of individualization. These arguments provide the basis for the main hypothesis of this book: capitalist culture and the valuation of face-to-face social ties are in tension with one another. The connection of these issues to social control theory and social disorder will then be elaborated. Throughout my coverage of key concepts, I will be highlighting gaps in research into which I am stepping and my points of divergence.

This topic is located at the intersection of several ‘camps’: values studies, post-socialist studies, economic sociology, individualization, and criminology and social control. If I have failed to address a particular stream of thought, it is because this research area belongs to many scholarly territories, and I was forced to disperse my energy accordingly. Despite a limited history of other research that integrates these diverse strands, I hope that my effort helps the reader navigate this topic, while at the same time framing it within the neighboring terrain.

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