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The Human Race: A Species at the Crossroads

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From an ancient village on the Nile to the frenzied Bombay stock exchange; from the megalopolis of Mexico City to the townships of South Africa, Gwynne Dyer's The Human Race weighs the implications of the way we live together, the way we organize societies, the effects of patriarchy on women, consumerism, and our complex relationship with the environment. The titles in the series are: The Bomb Under the World: Consumer society is coming, and India's growing population is looking westward, demanding the same goods and a similar standard of living. But what are the broader consequences of Western-style consumerism taking hold in large developing countries? (51 min. 27 sec.); The Tribal Mind: Against a backdrop of ongoing violence, a new breed of South Africans are rising above old tribal reflexes as they struggle towards real democracy (51 min. 20 sec.); The Gods of Our Fathers explores the evolution of patriarchy as one effective way of organizing mass societies in ancient Egyptian villages along the Nile (50 min. 52 sec.); and Escaping from History: Looking at the effects of industrialization on Mexico, and the impact of its development on the rest of the world, Escaping from History finds reasons for optimism--but for the Third World to have more, the First World will have to get used to having less (51 min. 58 sec.).

1994, 205 min 37 s

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