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Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples' Resistance to Globalization [Paperback]

Jerry Mander , Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

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Oct. 10 2006
Best-selling author and cultural critic Jerry Mander has challenged dominant cultural mind-sets in books such as Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television and In the Absence of the Sacred. In Paradigm Wars, he and coeditor Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a leader of the global indigenous peoples movement and chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, have gathered an impressive international roster of contributors to document the momentous collision of worldviews that pits the forces of economic globalization against the Earth's surviving indigenous peoples.
Many of the planet's dwindling resources are located on lands inhabited by native communities. Those resources are now the direct target of giant global corporations who desperately need them to fuel their own unsustainable growth. The World Trade Organization and other global structures of trade and finance have written the rules of trade to make life easier for these corporate resource-hunters--accelerating the loss of native lands, autonomy, and rights and creating millions of refugees.
Paradigm Wars is the first major work to comprehensively illuminate this shameful scenario. In firsthand reports by twenty-five indigenous and nonindigenous writers, the book details the devastating impacts of extractive industries and bioprospecting, the degrading of cultural artifacts and languages, even the damage done by some well-meaning conservation groups. The book also highlights how indigenous communities are strongly resisting this onslaught, often with amazing success. Anyone concerned with environmental or social justice will find inspiration in their resistance.

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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing first person accounts Feb. 11 2013
By Jill D. Greer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is truly a moving and eloquent set of essays representing the perspective too often relegated to the periphery of the globalization debate.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book available on this subject. July 16 2014
By Janet L. Rowan - Published on Amazon.com
One of the best books written to date regarding the loss of sustainability throughout the world of not only indigenous people's lives, but all who attempt to live a sustainable life. I'm impressed by the eye-opening depth of this book. My son just returned from Manila at the same time I was reading the section about Manila in this book. It goes into detail about the rape, pillage, and plunder attitude of those who want to keep building their empires with no regard to the people who are already living there. Now these people have no environment left in which to sustain themselves. They live in poverty and the slums surround the "castle walls". The country is now run by the military who must protect the "castle dwellers." Read this book if you want to gain a better understanding of how wide spread this situation is. Awareness is the key to changing anything that is truly detrimental to all of us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product! Jan. 18 2011
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I ordered this book as used. When i received it , i could tell the book had never even been creased open. It was brandnew and sold at the used price. I am highly impressed. Good Job

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