Book DescriptionCorporate structures, products, and processes permeate our society -but what do they really mean to us in our daily lives? The bottom-line mentality that drives corporate America, say Ellen Augustine (formerly Schwartz) and Suzanne Stoddard, is creating a world unresponsive to human needs, corrosive to the democratic process, and destructive to the planet itself. Taking Back Our Lives in the Age of Corporate Dominance shows the links between our mundane everyday struggles and the global corporate economy, image-driven media, and the relentless pace which consumes us all. And it tells us how we can change things by transforming both our work and leisure.
The authors use hard-hitting examples and illuminating personal vignettes about confronting fear, anger, death, family problems, and the stultifying effects of staying in the "comfort zone." They detail over 75 steps for personal and societal actions-some quick and immediate, others in-depth and long term-for retaking control of our lives. The authors include provocative questions for reflection that shock, prod, and jump-start the reader into thinking about what matters most to them.
Deeply moving, outrageous, encouraging, compelling, and inspiring, Taking Back Our Lives in the Age of Corporate Dominance blends unrelenting candor with the comfort of real-life stories of hope-and ultimately shows us that choice is the most important tool we have for reviving our lives and our world.
Table of Contents
- Cover Page
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
Part I How Corporate Structures, Products, and Processes Impact Our Work and Personal Lives
- Chapter 1 A Time of Turbulence
- Chapter 2 The Gift That Keeps On Taking
- Chapter 3 The Hidden Costs of Competition
- Chapter 4 This Is Entertainment?
- Chapter 5 Media, Girls, and Body Image
- Chapter 6 The Best Government Big Money Can Buy
- Chapter 7 What Do World Trade Agreements Have to Do with Me?
- Chapter 8 Time: A Nonrenewable Resource
Part II Fresh Choices: Saying Yes! to a More Expansive Life
- Chapter 9 Change and the Comfort Zone
- Chapter 10 What’s an Inner Life and Who Needs It?
- Chapter 11 Flashpoints
- Chapter 12 Nurturing What Is Precious
- Chapter 13 Meaningful Work
- Chapter 14 Giving Time, Getting Joy
- Chapter 15 Together We Are Whole
- Chapter 16 Paring Down Our Lives
- Chapter 17 What Is and What Can Be
- Afterword Way More Fun than TV
- About the Authors
- Title: Taking Back Our Lives in the Age of Corporate Dominance
- Release date: December 1999
- Publisher(s): Berrett-Koehler Publishers
- ISBN: 9781609941611