Community and The Ordering of Public Life
The Program on Culture, Capitalism, and Global Change
We live during a time of epochal social transformation that is at once faster paced, more far-reaching in its scope and scale, and greater in impact than any previous period in human history. No two forces are more integral to this transformation than those of capitalism and globalization. No two forces are, as a result, more consequential for the prospects of human flourishing in our moment.
The mission of the Program on Culture, Capitalism, and Global Change seeks to critically engage these two forces of macro-level social change. As such, it is principally interested in examining and assessing: (a) the changing moral ecology of economic life in light of the structural transformations of global capitalism—what we are calling the new “spirits” of capitalism; (b) the rise and significance of the world’s first global culture; and (c) the conflicts and dilemmas (but also opportunities) both developments are generating at home and abroad. The program pursues this mission by sponsoring two separate, but overlapping research projects: The New “Spirits” of Capitalism Project and The Global Culture Project.