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The Great Disruption: Human Nature and the Reconstitution of Social Orderby Francis Fukuyama
Synopses & Reviews
In the past thirty years, the United States has undergone a profound transformation in its social structure: Crime has increased, trust has declined, families have broken down, and individualism has triumphed over community. Has the Great Disruption of recent decades rent the fabric of American society irreparably? In this brilliant and sweeping work of social, economic, and moral analysis, Francis Fukuyama shows that even as the old order has broken apart, a new social order is already taking its place. andlt;Iandgt;The Great Disruptionandlt;/Iandgt; forges a new model for understanding the Great Reconstruction that is under way.
In this provocative bestseller, Fukuyama examines the profound societal transformations of the last few decades and asserts that they have contributed to the breakdown of communities, the rise of violent crime, and the decline of morality. 24 graphs & charts.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Francis Fukuyamaandlt;/Bandgt; is a professor of public policy at George Mason University and the author of andlt;Iandgt;The End of Historyandlt;/Iandgt; and the andlt;Iandgt;Last Man and Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity.andlt;/Iandgt; He lives in McLean, Virginia.
Table of Contents
Part ONE: The Great Disruption
1. Playing by the Rules
2. Crime, Family, Trust: What Happened
3. Causes: The Conventional Wisdom
4. Causes: Demographic, Economic, and Cultural
5. The Special Role of Women
6. Consequences of the Great Disruption
7. Was the Great Disruption Inevitable?
Part TWO: On the Genealogy of Morals
8. Where Do Norms Come From?
9. Human Nature and Social Order
10. The Origins of Cooperation
12. Technology, Networks, and Social Capital
13. The Limits of Spontaneity and the Inevitability of Hierarchy
14. Beyond Cave 76
Part THREE: the great reconstruction
15. Does Capitalism Deplete Social Capital?
16. Reconstructions Past, Present, and Future
Appendix: Additional Data and Sources
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