Herbert Gans

2033 Isn’t That Far Away, from Herbert J. Gans

by University of Michigan Press September 22, 2008

Imagining America in 2033: How the Country Put Itself Together after Bush is a utopian narrative harboring an analytic subtext that none of the many books about the country’s economic crisis have yet addressed. In 2033, the long term economic decline combined with the increased inequality that has gripped the country since the 1970s is slowly destroying or exporting jobs that pay a livable wage and so shrinking the work week of ostensibly full time workers that they cannot take home a livable paycheck. Once this trend is in full swing, the consumer economy on which the country’s economic health […]

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Q&A with Herbert Gans, author of Imagining America in 2033

by University of Michigan Press September 17, 2008

Herbert Gans is one of the most influential and prolific sociologists and social commentators of our time. He is the author of Imagining America in 2033: How the Country Put Itself Together after Bush. Part utopia, part realism, Imagining America is set mostly in the second and third decades of the century. It offers a set of progressive yet practical guidelines for restoring sanity and intelligence to nearly every aspect of life post-Bush. In Gans’s imagined future, elected officials, policymakers, activists, and citizens have transformed America into a much more humane and effective democracy. The book features three Democratic presidents; […]

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