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Capital and ideology / Thomas Piketty ; translated by Arthur Goldhammer.

Author/creator Piketty, Thomas, 1971- author.
Other author/creatorGoldhammer, Arthur, translator.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2020.
Copyright Notice ©2020
Descriptionix, 1,093 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subject(s)
Uniform titleCapital et idéologie. English
Contents Part one. Inequality regimes in history ; Ternary societies : trifunctional inequality -- European societies of orders : power and property -- The invention of ownership societies -- Ownership societies : the case of France -- Ownership societies : European trajectories.
Contents Part two. Slave and colonial societies ; Slave societies : extreme inequality -- Colonial societies : diversity and domination -- Ternary societies and colonialism : the case of India -- Ternary societies and colonialism : Eurasian trajectories.
Contents Part three. The great transformation of the twentieth century ; The crisis of ownership societies -- Social-democratic societies : incomplete equality -- Communist and Post-Communist societies -- Hypercapitalism : between modernity and archaism.
Contents Part four. Rethinking the dimensions of political conflict ; Borders and property : the construction of equality -- Brahmin left : new Euro-american cleavages -- Social nativism : the postcolonial identitarian trap -- Elements for a participatory socialism for the twenty-first century -- Conclusion.
Contents Introduction -- Inequality regimes in history -- Slave and colonial societies -- The great transformation of the twentieth century -- Rethinking the dimensions of political conflict -- Conclusion.
Abstract "Thomas Piketty's bestselling Capital in the Twenty-First Century galvanized global debate about inequality. In this audacious follow-up, Piketty challenges us to revolutionize how we think about politics, ideology, and history. He exposes the ideas that have sustained inequality for the past millennium, reveals why the shallow politics of right and left are failing us today, and outlines the structure of a fairer economic system. Our economy, Piketty observes, is not a natural fact. Markets, profits, and capital are all historical constructs that depend on choices. Piketty explores the material and ideological interactions of conflicting social groups that have given us slavery, serfdom, colonialism, communism, and hypercapitalism, shaping the lives of billions. He concludes that the great driver of human progress over the centuries has been the struggle for equality and education and not, as often argued, the assertion of property rights or the pursuit of stability. The new era of extreme inequality that has derailed that progress since the 1980s, he shows, is partly a reaction against communism, but it is also the fruit of ignorance, intellectual specialization, and our drift toward the dead-end politics of identity. Once we understand this, we can begin to envision a more balanced approach to economics and politics. Piketty argues for a new "participatory" socialism, a system founded on an ideology of equality, social property, education, and the sharing of knowledge and power"-- Provided by publisher.
Abstract Piketty challenges us to revolutionize how we think about politics, ideology, and history. He exposes the ideas that have sustained inequality for the past millennium, reveals why the shallow politics of right and left are failing us today, and outlines the structure of a fairer economic system. Our economy, he observes, is not a natural fact. Markets, profits, and capital are all historical constructs that depend on choices. The great driver of human progress over the centuries has been the struggle for equality and education and not, as often argued, the assertion of property rights or the pursuit of stability. -- abridged from jacket
General note"First published in French as Capital et idéologie, Éditions du Seuil, Paris, 2019"--Title page verso.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Piketty, Thomas, 1971- Capital and ideology Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2020. 9780674245082
LCCN 2019040839
ISBN9780674980822 hardcover
ISBN0674980824 hardcover
ISBNelectronic publication
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ISBNelectronic book

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