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Material world : a global family portrait / by Peter Menzel ; text by Charles C. Mann

By: Menzel, Peter.
Contributor(s): Mann, Charles C.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: San Francisco Sierra Club 1994Description: 255 s. ill.ISBN: 0871564300; 978-0-87156-430-6; 978-0-87156-437-5; 0-87156-437-8.Subject(s): Sociologi | Samhällsvetenskap | GeografiOther classification: Oa | N | N
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<p> Called "Fascinating! An incredible book" by Oprah Winfrey, this beloved photography collection vividly portrays the look and feel of the human condition everywhere on Earth. </p> <p>In an unprecedented effort, sixteen of the world's foremost photographers traveled to thirty nations around the globe to live for a week with families that were statistically average for that nation. At the end of each visit, photographer and family collaborated on a remarkable portrait of the family members outside their home, surrounded by all of their possessions; a few jars and jugs for some, an explosion of electronic gadgetry for others.</p> <p>This internationally acclaimed bestseller puts a human face on the issues of population, environment, social justice, and consumption as it illuminates the crucial question facing our species today: Can all six billion of us have all the things we want?</p> <p> "Material culture, laid bare in this way, is surprisingly intimate--and whets a persons appetite to see the world." -- The Atlantic </p> <p> "This remarkable book vividly presents its own cross section of families today, with the energy and intimacy of a work of art for our times . . . This is a record of striking value. No time traveler could bring back a more valuable resource." -- Scientific America </p> <p> "Striking." -- San Francisco Chronicle </p>

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