Culture of Complaint

The Fraying of America

Author: Robert Hughes

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand


Category: Arts and society

Page: 210

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Criticizes Pat Buchanan, Pat Robertson, Jessie Helms, and Ronald Reagan, political correctness, academic obsessions with theory, the art world, American infrastructure, and other targets

The Pursuit of Certainty

Religious and Cultural Formulations

Author: Professor of Social Anthropology Wendy James,Wendy James

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134840888

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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Although the world population faces movement, mixing and displacement on a larger scale than ever before, the result has not been a collapse of boundaries but an increase in the rise of new forms of ethnic, cultural and religious identity. Those based in the highly developed countries can extend global influence through wealth and sophisticated technology. The Pursuit of Certainty presents original case studies which explore the effect anthropology's inherited tradition of tolerance and cross-cultural understanding has on the new pursuits of truth. Several chapters focus on the rise of new certainties while others examine notions of diversity providing a critical perspective on the new religious movements and current popular orthodoxies relating to society and culture.

Educational Controversies Towards a Discourse of Reconciliation

Author: Pamela Lapage,Hugh Sockett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134489412

Category: Education

Page: 168

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For the last 100 years, people have argued vigorously about a vast number of educational issues. At the heart of the arguments lies the question: What is the purpose of education? This conflict of educational purpose has seen rifts between academics, educators, politicians and parents. The authors of this book don't believe the conflicts need to be so hysterical, nor that the oppositions are incompatible. Rather, that it is in the manner in which debate is conducted that is so damaging. In this book, the authors contend that there are political, social, moral and civic needs for a new stance to debate the way forward. Examining a number of key controversies in educational discourse the book suggests ways in which controversies may be reconciled by looking for interrelations, mutual dependencies and links of importance. It develops current debate and provides suggestions for developing nurturing and supportive learning communities and so lead to educational change.

Cultus Americanus

Varieties of the Liberal Tradition in American Political Culture, 1600-1865

Author: Brent Gilchrist

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739121801

Category: History

Page: 305

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Drawing on recent contributions to philosophy, economics, cultural studies, feminism, psychology, and anthropology, "The Politics of Judgment" demonstrates how modern political identities depend upon and are formed by aesthetic judgment.

Requiem For Modern Politics

The Tragedy Of The Enlightenment And The Challenge Of The New Millennium

Author: William Ophuls

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429977301

Category: Political Science

Page: 340

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This long-promised sequel to Ophuls’s influential and controversial classic Ecology and the Politics of Scarcity is an equally provocative critique of the liberal philosophy of government. Ophuls contends that the modern political paradigm—that is, the body of political concepts and beliefs bequeathed to us by the Enlightenment—is no longer intellectually tenable or practically viable. Our attempt to live individualistically, hedonistically, and rationally has failed utterly, causing a comprehensive crisis that is at once political, military, economic, ecological, ethical, psychological, and spiritual. Liberal politics has abandoned virtue, rejected community, and flouted nature, thereby becoming the author of its own demise. By exposing the intrinsically contradictory and self-destructive character of Hobbesian political systems, Ophuls subverts our conventional wisdom at every turn. Indeed, his impassioned text reads more like a Greek tragedy than a conventional political argument. He critiques feminism, multiculturalism, the welfare state, and a host of other “liberal” shibboleths—but Ophuls is not yet another neoconservative. The aim of his thesis is far more radical and progressive, offering a political vision that entirely transcends the categories of liberal thought. His is a Thoreauvian vision of a “politics of consciousness” rooted in ecology as the moral and intellectual basis for governance in the twenty-first century. Ophuls holds that a polity based on a renewed erotic connection with nature offers a genuine solution to this crisis of contemporary civilization and that only within such a polity will it be possible to fulfill the worthy liberal goal of individual self-development. Ophuls’s work will interest and challenge a wide spectrum of readers, though it will not necessarily be well liked or easily accepted. No one will put down this book with his or her settled convictions about American culture intact, nor will readers ever again take modern civilization and its survival for granted.

Bad Language

Are Some Words Better Than Others?

Author: Edwin Battistella

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199883831

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Is today's language at an all-time low? Are pronunciations like cawfee and chawklit bad English? Is slang like my bad or hook up improper? Is it incorrect to mix English and Spanish, as in Yo quiero Taco Bell? Can you write Who do you trust? rather than Whom do you trust? Linguist Edwin Battistella takes a hard look at traditional notions of bad language, arguing that they are often based in sterile conventionality. Examining grammar and style, cursing, slang, and political correctness, regional and ethnic dialects, and foreign accents and language mixing, Battistella discusses the strong feelings evoked by language variation, from objections to the pronunciation NU-cu-lar to complaints about bilingual education. He explains the natural desire for uniformity in writing and speaking and traces the association of mainstream norms to ideas about refinement, intelligence, education, character, national unity and political values. Battistella argues that none of these qualities is inherently connected to language. It is tempting but wrong, Battistella argues, to think of slang, dialects and nonstandard grammar as simply breaking the rules of good English. Instead, we should view language as made up of alternative forms of orderliness adopted by speakers depending on their purpose. Thus we can study the structure and context of nonstandard language in order to illuminate and enrich traditional forms of language, and make policy decisions based on an informed engagement. Re-examining longstanding and heated debates, Bad Language will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers engaged and interested in the debate over what constitutes proper language.


The Human Cost of Speed

Author: Stephen Bertman,Professor of Classical Studies Stephen Bertman

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: 9780275962050

Category: Philosophy

Page: 266

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This cogent analysis of the human costs of society's accelerated pace proposes daring solutions--and picks up where Alvin Toffler's Future Shock left off.

First Things

A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Religion and sociology

Page: N.A

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