BAKAN is an author, filmmaker
and a professor of law at the University of British Columbia.
His work examines the social, economic, and political dimensions
of law, and he has published in leading legal and social science
journals as well as in the popular press.
Bakan has won numerous awards for his scholarship and teaching,
worked on landmark legal cases and government policy, and
served frequently as a media commentator.
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was recently awarded The George Ryga Award For Social Awareness
in Literature, please click
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Simon Frazer University recently awarded Joel a 2012 Alumni
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Joel recently spoke on the Progressive Radio network Topic
of discussion was "The Sociopathology of Our Oligarchic
Elite a look at abnormal relationship between money,
power and influence." Please view the webpage introduction
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Joel speaking at the Cusp Conference - The Design of
Everything. His topic "The Design of the Modern Publicly
Traded Business Corporation. Please click
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book "Childhood under Seige" is now one of the Top
10 Business Books of 2012.
Joel recently wrote the forward to a book by Michael
Goodwin called, "Economix:
How Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work), in Words and
Pictures." Please click the underlined text to view more
information about this new book.
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newest book Childhood
Under Siege How Big Business Targets Children
is now available for purchase online and in stores.
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Under Siege will be available in paperback summer of 2012
in the US, UK and Canada.
PRAISE about Childhood Under Siege
"Joel Bakans powerful, well-documented
polemic is just what we need to hear right now, if we are
to even begin to reverse the toxic consumerist legacy we are
bequeathing to future generations."
Literary Review of Canada
in Bakan's book is...stunning....The book sounds alarms about
issues that go under most parents' radar."
"Incredibly well researched and
notated, Bakan gives the impression that he's really on top
of his subject matter."
The Independent (UK)
"A call to arms to parents and a
wake-up call to a society that has clearly lost control of
its pathological corporate citizens
meticulously sourced, but also lean and refreshingly free
of academic jargon."
Under Siege" is an essential read for anyone who works
for or cares about children because we simply can't advocate
for and teach them effectively if we don't know what we are
up against. As a mother and a teacher, it was sometimes overwhelming
to read this book, but for my own work and parenting I forced
myself to keep going. At times it was deeply frightening--and
I do media literacy training as part of my work. It's very
simple: If you want to be relevant in a child's life, you
need to read this book."
Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabees
"Childhood Under Siege" outlines
the powerful strategies at play in the corporate war against
This engaging, carefully researched and important book is
a call to action to those who believe we have a responsibility
to protect all our children with our laws and public policies
as well as our hearts."
Mary Pipher, author of The Shelter of Each Other and Seeking
"The assault on childhood in our
corporate-dominated and profit-driven society, painfully dissected
in this penetrating study, is a tragedy not only for the immediate
victims but for hopes for a better future. It can be resisted,
as Joel Bakan discusses. And it is urgent not to delay."
"Our new century of unlimited private
profits has put an end to the era of publicly protected childhood.
Separated by corporate design from their parents, kids have
become capitalism's newest, most lucrative, consumers. Joel
Bakan offers an angry but careful analysis of how the market
flourishes today by selling our children everything from dangerous
drugs, toxic plastics and unhealthy snack foods to violent
and addictive video games and for-profit standardized tests.
If they read Bakan carefully, once they get over their rage,
both parents and policy makers may be ready to lift the corporate
siege that is threatening not just our children but childhood
Benjamin R. Barber, author of Consumed: How Markets Infantilize
Adults, Corrupt Children and Swallow Citizens Whole
"Childhood Under Siege" is
a compelling call to arms in the covert war for our children's
minds, health, and future. Joel Bakan empowers us all to stop
lamenting the destruction of childhood and do something to
Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., Educational Psychologist and author
of Different Learners: Identifying, Preventing, and Treating
Your Child's Learning Problems
To be a child today, even in affluent
countries like ours, is no longer a time of innocence, idyll
and discovery, as Bakan reveals in "Childhood Under Siege".
Most children today grow up on a planet in which billions
of tons of toxic chemicals have been poured into the air,
water and soil; in a big city where the opportunity to encounter
nature has been replaced by concrete, fast cars, video games
and shopping malls; in a world in which childhood represents
a marketing challenge and opportunity. Read this important
book and then start working for change."
David Suzuki, Co-Founder, The David Suzuki Foundation
In "Childhood Under Siege",
Joel Bakan documents and depicts a modern disaster-in-the-making
as ominous as our society's assault on the natural environment:
the social and economic destruction of the conditions for
healthy childhood. An eloquent and prophetic work we need
most urgently to heed.
Gabor Maté M.D., author of In The Realm of Hungry
Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction
Bakan offers passionate argument and
copious research in this compelling call for parents to stand
up for their children.
Vanessa Bush, Booklist, starred review.