Landscapes of Abandonment: Capitalism, Modernity, and Estrangement


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Argues that the modern West's pervasive sense of abandonment is a side effect of capitalism. Using social theory and cultural analysis, Roger Salerno explores the relationship of abandonment to the construction of contemporary capitalistic cultures. Beginning with an array of narratives on the emergence of capitalism in the West and its undermining of traditional social institutions and structures, he provides an overview of both the definition of and reactions to abandonment, analyzing its historical, social, and ...