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Robert J. Gordon

Robert J. Gordon

The Best 12 Books on Robert J. Gordon

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Talking About People: Readings in Contemporary Cultural Anthropology

How do people learn and experience their culture? How do people make a living? What does it mean to be in a family? How do we make sense of peoples’ beliefs and ritual practices? In exploring questions such as these, this cultural anthropology reader focuses on contemporary global concerns and includes a significant number of articles by authors from outside the United States.

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.

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The Measurement of Durable Goods Prices (National Bureau of Economic Research Monograph)

American business has recently been under fire, charged with inflated pricing and an inability to compete in the international marketplace. However, the evidence presented in this volume shows that the business community has been unfairly maligned—official measures of inflation and the standard of living have failed to account for progress in the quality of business equipment and consumer goods. Businesses have actually achieved higher productivity at lower prices, and new goods are lighter, faster, more energy efficient, and more reliable than their predecessors.

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.
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Picturing Bushmen: The Denver African Expedition of 1925

The Denver African Expedition went to Africa in 1925 to "seek the cradle of Humanity." The explorers claimed to have found the "Missing Link" in the Heikum bushmen of the Kalahari - and they proceeded to market this image. As Robert J. Gordon shows in Picturing Bushmen, the impact of the expedition lay not simply in its slick merchandising of bushmen images but also in the fact that the pictures were exotic and aesthetically pleasing.
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.
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Macroeconomics (12th Edition) (Pearson Series in Economics (Hardcover))

Macroeconomics is widely praised for its ability to present theory as a way of evaluating key macro questions, such as why some countries are rich and others are poor.
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Macroeconomics (11th Edition)

Macroeconomics is widely praised for its ability to present theory as a way of evaluating key macro questions, such as why some countries are rich and others are poor. Gordon makes extensive use of data, international examples, and case studies throughout, and the Eleventh Edition incorporates critical developments in the field. New topics include the housing bubble and the role of housing wealth, the economic progress of China, recent discussions of growth theory, and the effect of oil prices on the economy.

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.
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The Bushman Myth: The Making of a Namibian Underclass (Conflict and Social Change Series)

The revised, updated version of this book includes an analysis of the sweeping political changes in South Africa since its original publcation in 1992. Other new material covers more theoretical issues and contemporary developments in scholarship, including a reconsideration of the film “The Gods Must Be Crazy”; a discussion of “exposé ethnography” and its attendant political/moral positioning; and an examination of the political situation in Namibia, with a close study of the near collapse of the Nyae Nyae Development Foundation.
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Productivity Growth, Inflation, and Unemployment: The Collected Essays of Robert J. Gordon

Seventeen essays include three previously unpublished works and offer sharply etched views on the principal topics of macroeconomics: growth, inflation, and unemployment. Robert Gordon re-examines their salient points in a new accessible introduction to modern macroeconomics. Each of the four parts into which the essays are grouped also offers a new introduction. The foreword by Nobel Laureate Robert M. Solow comments on the continuing importance of these essays which date from 1968 to the present.
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The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World)

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.

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Fifty Key Anthropologists (Routledge Key Guides)

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.

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Study Guide for Macroeconomics

Macroeconomics is widely praised for its ability to present theory as a way of evaluating key macro questions, such as why some countries are rich and others are poor. Gordon makes extensive use of data, international examples, and case studies throughout, and the Eleventh Edition incorporates critical developments in the field. New topics include the housing bubble and housing wealth, the effect of oil prices on the economy, and the purchase of dollar reserves by China to finance the U.S. import deficit. Students have a natural interest in what is happening today and what will happen in the near future. Macroeconomics capitalizes on their interest by beginning with business cycles and monetary-fiscal policy in both closed and open economy. After that, Gordon presents a unique dynamic analysis of demand and supply shocks as causes of inflation and unemployment, followed by a dual approach to economic growth in which theory and real-world examples are used to compare rich and poor countries.
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