The Best 12 Books on Robert J. Gordon
A dynamic development in the fourth edition is the inclusion of “Anthropology and Public Debate” sections, in which opposing anthropological arguments on current hot topics are featured. In addition, “Doing Fieldwork” essays consider the nature and dilemmas of fieldwork, the changing status of the field, the nature of anthropological learning in the field, and ethical issues and dilemmas.
Robert J. Gordon has written the first full-scale work to treat the extent of quality changes over the entire range of durable goods, from autos to aircraft, computers to compressors, from televisions to tractors. He combines and extends existing methods of measurement, drawing data from industry sources, Consumer Reports, and the venerable Sears catalog.
Beyond his important finding that the American economy is more sound than officially recognized, Gordon provides a wealth of anecdotes tracing the postwar history of technological progress. Bolstering his argument that improved quality must be accurately measured, Gordon notes, for example, that today's mid-range personal computers outperform the multimillion-dollar mainframes of the 1970s. This remarkable book will be essential reading for economists and those in the business community.
The Denver Expedition played a key role in romanticizing bushmen. Indeed, its image of bushmen has permeated Western mass culture. Before the expedition, bushmen commonly had been presented on postcards as impoverished savages. In its wake, the bushmen of South Africa have inspired not only commercial advertisements, but art exhibitions and novels.
Although Rob Gordon is an anthropologist, this study ranges into questions of film theory, history, and popular culture. It offers a new perspective on coffee-table books, ethnology, and the nature of research on those labeled "others." While suggesting how "ethnographic photographs" might be appreciated, Picturing Bushmen is also a subtle analysis of the perennial issues that haunt field workers - especially what and how they "see" and how their perception is influenced by the mundane in their own societies.
Introduction and Measurement: What Is Macroeconomics?; The Measurement of Income, Prices, and Unemployment. Income, Interest Rates, Policy, and the Open Economy: Spending, Income, and Interest Rates; Monetary and Fiscal Policy in the IS-LM Model; National Saving, the Government Budget, Foreign Borrowing, and the Twin Deficits; International Trade, Exchange Rates, and Macroeconomic Policy. Aggregate Demand, Aggregate Supply, Unemployment and Inflation: Aggregate Demand, Aggregate Supply, and the Self-Correcting Economy; Inflation: Its Causes and Cures; The Goals of Stabilization Policy: Low Inflation and Low Unemployment. Macroeconomics in the Long Run: Growth and Public Finance: The Theory of Economic Growth; The Big Questions of Economic Growth; The Government Budget, the Public Debt, and Social Security. Stabilization Policy in an Open Economy: Money and Financial Markets; Stabilization Policy in the Closed and Open Economy. Stability and Instability in the Private Economy: The Economics of Consumption Behavior; The Economics of Investment Behavior. Debates at the Macroeconomic Frontier: New Classical Macro Confronts New Keynesian Macro; Conclusion: Where We Stand.
For all readers interested in macroeconomics.
In the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, motor vehicles, air travel, and television transformed households and workplaces. But has that era of unprecedented growth come to an end? Weaving together a vivid narrative, historical anecdotes, and economic analysis, The Rise and Fall of American Growth challenges the view that economic growth will continue unabated, and demonstrates that the life-altering scale of innovations between 1870 and 1970 cannot be repeated. Robert Gordon contends that the nation's productivity growth will be further held back by the headwinds of rising inequality, stagnating education, an aging population, and the rising debt of college students and the federal government, and that we must find new solutions. A critical voice in the most pressing debates of our time, The Rise and Fall of American Growth is at once a tribute to a century of radical change and a harbinger of tougher times to come.
Fifty Key Anthropologists surveys the life and work of some of the most influential figures in anthropology. The entries, written by an international range of expert contributors, represent the diversity of thought within the subject, incorporating both classic theorists and more recent anthropological thinkers. Names discussed include:
- Clifford Geertz
- Bronislaw Malinowski
- Zora Neale Hurston
- Sherry B. Ortner
- Claude Lévi-Strauss
- Rodney Needham
- Mary Douglas
- Marcel Mauss
This accessible A-Z guide contains helpful cross-referencing, a timeline of key dates and schools of thought, and suggestions for further reading. It will be of interest to students of anthropology and related subjects wanting a succinct overview of the ideas and impact of key anthropologists who have helped to shape the discipline.