JOEL 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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~ Interview with Joel - Joel Bakan: law prof, author, filmmaker Please click here read more.

~ Interview with Joel - The Corporation, 10 years later. Please click here to read more.

~ Joel was recently awarded The George Ryga Award For Social Awareness in Literature, please click here to read the article.

~ The Simon Frazer University recently awarded Joel a 2012 Alumni Award, please click here to read more.
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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 by clicking here and listen to the podcast by clicking here.

~ Joel speaking at the Cusp Conference - The Design of Everything. His topic "The Design of the Modern Publicly Traded Business Corporation. Please click here to watch.

~ Joel's 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.


Click here for Joel's thoughts on CBC's The Current about the new app called "Buycott."
Click here to read USA Today's recent review of Joel's book "Childhood Under Siege".
Click here to watch Joel recently interviewed on CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos Show.
Please click on the underlined links to watch recently televised interviews with Joel on the:
Lang & O'Leary Exchange (fast forward to the 37:45 mark to watch Joel's segment), Canada AM.
Joel recently was interviewed by Terry O'Reilly on "CBC's Q Radio", please click here to listen.
Please click here to read "The Kids Are Not All Right" and here to read "Games People Play" both articles featured in The New York Times and written by Joel.


For more articles, interviews and reviews, click "Media" drop down menu at the top of this page....


Click on book cover to view or download a larger image of Childhood Under SiegeJoel’s newest book “Childhood Under Siege – How Big Business Targets Children” is now available for purchase online and in stores.

To order "Childhood Under Siege" please follow these links:
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Childhood Under Siege will be available in paperback summer of 2012 in the US, UK and Canada.




PRAISE about Childhood Under Siege

"Joel Bakan’s 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

"The information in Bakan's book is...stunning....The book sounds alarms about issues that go under most parents' radar."
USA Today

"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…Well-researched and meticulously sourced, but also lean and refreshingly free of academic jargon."
Montreal Gazette

"Childhood 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 children.
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 Peace

"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."
Noam Chomsky

"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 itself."
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 rescue it."
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.

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