Mental Infrastructures: How Growth Entered the World and Our Souls
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About the author
Harald Welzer is the director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Memory Research at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen and Research Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Witten/Herdecke. His main foci of research and teaching are on memory, group violence and socio-cultural climate impact reserach. Welzer is the author of numerous publications, most recently: Soldaten. Protokolle vom Kämpfen, Töten und Sterben (Soldiers. Protocols of Fighting, Killing and Dying), with Sönke Neitzel, Das Ende der Welt, wie wir sie kannten (The End of the World as We Know It) with Claus Leggewie and Climate Wars.
Preface and introduction
1. Growth as mental infrastructure
2. From external constraint to self-constraint
3. Infinite growth
4. Energy and mobility
5. Work and growth
6. Finite resources and death
7. The global and flexible personality
8. Consumerism – what products say about us
9. The locked-in effect
10. What is the meaning of “transforming the carbon-based society”?
11. How would we like to have lived?