Patterns of American Culture
Ethnography and Estrangement
"Rose proposes an approach that simultaneously takes both a scholarly and a poetic formulation. . . . Such well-crafted writing is rarely found. . . . Its truly unique presentation, and focus that goes beyond ethnography to incorporate important theoretical issues, is bound to make this a much discussed book."—Journal of Anthropological Research
Dan Rose draws on the fact and metaphor of colonization to demonstrate that the central motive in the contemporary United States has been—and continues to be—the corporate form. The author contents that the purpose of the corporate structures underlying American life is to create new resources, new products, new landscapes, new ideas, and new markets. Through written rules and unwritten customs, these corporations determine who we are and what we can do.