Money Changes Everything
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Money Changes Everything explores central questions around the concept and institution of money: How does money affect our lives, our relationships, our happiness? What does inequality mean for our society? Does money corrupt our morals and values, and if so, how can we prevent this corruption? Readings by a range of economists, philosophers, reporters, artists, and ordinary citizens take up these questions and more. The Web site for the Spotlight Series offers comprehensive instructor support with sample syllabi and additional teaching resources. The Bedford Spotlight Reader Series is an exciting new line of single-theme readers, each featuring Bedford’s trademark care and quality. The readers in the series collect carefully chosen readings sufficient for an entire writing course—about 30 selections—to allow instructors to provide carefully developed, high-quality instruction at an affordable price. Bedford Spotlight Readers are designed to help students make inquiries from multiple perspectives, opening up topics such as money, food, sustainability, and gender to critical analysis. The readers are flexibly arranged in thematic chapters, each focusing in depth on a different facet of the central topic. An Editorial Board of more than dozen compositionists at schools focusing on specific themes have assisted in the development of the series.
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Table of Contents
1. Can We Buy Happiness?David G. Myers, The Funds, Friends, and Faith of Happy PeopleThe Roper Center, The Good Life Charles Murray, What’s So Bad About Being Poor? Barbara Ehrenreich, Serving in FloridaRebecca Curtis, Twenty GrandJuliet Schor, Spending Becomes YouMasterCard, PricelessElizabeth Warren, The Vanishing Middle ClassSheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg, and Thomas A. Pyszczynski, Lethal Consumption: Death-Denying Materialism2. How Does Money Shape Relationships?Melanie Scheller, On the Meaning of Plumbing and PovertyNorman Rockwell, New Kids in the NeighborhoodDavid Amsden, What’s a Little Money Between Friends?Mary Loftus, Till Debt Do Us PartCarey Goldberg, Shaken Baby Cases on the IncreaseMary Kay Foundation , Survey of Shelters for Women Meera Nair, My Inheritance3. Is Money To Blame for Unethical Conduct?Horatio Alger, Excerpt from Ragged Dick David Callahan, Cheating in a Bottom-line EconomyMark Dowie, Pinto Madness Milton Friedman, The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits Occupy Wall Street, You Can’t Evict an Idea Whose Time Has Come Arianna Huffington, CSI USA: Who Killed the American Dream? Bradley Smith, Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform 4. Can Huge Differences in Wealth Be Justified?Toni Cade Bambara, The LessonMichael Powell, Wealth, Race and the Great Recession Briallen Hopper and Johanna Hopper, Should Working-Class People Get B.A.’s and Ph.D.’s? Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Income Gains at the Top Arthur C. Brooks, Inequality and (Un)happiness in America Georges de la Tour, The Fortune Teller Diego Rivera, The Night of the Rich and The First Tractor Warren Buffett, Stop Coddling the Super-Rich Maimonides, Mishneh Torah Peter Singer, Rich and Poor 5. Has Money Blinded Us to Higher Values?Parade Magazine, What People Earn Ann Crittenden, from The Price of Motherhood Slate Magazine, Gender Income Inequality by State and County Michael Sandel, What Money Can’t Buy: Military Service Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Dollar Sign Murray Sperber, College Sports, Inc. Mark Slouka, Quitting the Paint Factory David Van Biema and Jeff Chu, Does God Want You to Be Rich? Quentin Massys, The Banker and His Wife E.F. Schumacher, Buddhist Economics Sundry Authors, Has the Pursuit of Money Become a Religion?