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New Age "Asiatic" thought ... is establishing itself as the
hegemonic ideology of global capitalism. (Zizek)

Wednesday, October 19

cross cultural

I just reviewed this book on Amazon. OK, so I admit I was cross. And not very cultural...
  • a little matter of marketing, October 19, 2005
    Reviewer: Christopher Locke (Boulder, CO) - See all reviews
    I'm giving this book 4 stars, as that's the current rating, and I don't want to drag the authors' work down with these remarks. Having said that, one might think that a book that "examines the role of culture in interpreting and explaining behaviors that resemble personality disorders but are, instead, normative to a given culture" deserves a chance to be read by practitioners in non-"given" -- presumably non-white, presumably non-wealthy -- cultures. This is not going to happen at Wiley's list price of $126.50. Which is a shame, in more ways than one. Perhaps such inequities could be some sort of clue to "Borderline Personality Disorder" as manifested outside our squeaky clean upper middle class suburbs, where people think nothing of shelling out 100+ bucks for a textbook. You think?

[mad-dog emphasis added]

For less serious fare, you might enjoy my review of The Flying Saucers Are Real (page down a bit).

And while I'm at it, why not throw in this "So You'd Like To..." guide:

8. protect yourself from the Mystic Bourgeoisie
by Chris Locke
136 of 150 people found this guide helpful. Read 1,312 times.
The problem with this last one is that it's a magnet for every New Age piece of trash on the site. You'll see what I mean if you go there and check the right column. This guide hit #1 across all of Amazon the second day it was up, but has since fallen to #8. Some of the folks it attracts (see drek-magnet, above) don't seem to take kindly to my views and/or attitude, and they vote the page unhelpful. And so: namastes out the yin-yang? Don't go there!

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