Overview

One of America’s most astute and engaging political analysts, Michael Parenti shows us that culture is a changing process and the product of a dynamic interplay between a wide range of social and political interests. Drawing from cultures around the world, Parenti shows that beliefs and practices are readily subjected to political manipulation, and that many parts of culture are being commodified, separated from their group or communal origins, to be packaged and sold to those who can pay for them. Folk culture ...
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The Culture Struggle

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Overview

One of America’s most astute and engaging political analysts, Michael Parenti shows us that culture is a changing process and the product of a dynamic interplay between a wide range of social and political interests. Drawing from cultures around the world, Parenti shows that beliefs and practices are readily subjected to political manipulation, and that many parts of culture are being commodified, separated from their group or communal origins, to be packaged and sold to those who can pay for them. Folk culture is giving way to a corporate market culture. Art, science, medicine, and psychiatry can be used as instruments of cultural control, and even marriage, the "foundation of society," has been misused by heterosexuals across the centuries.
Using vivid examples and riveting arguments throughout, ranging from the everyday to the esoteric, and penned with eloquence and irony, The Culture Struggle presents a collection of snapshots of our time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609801205
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,383,293
  • File size: 207 KB

Meet the Author

MICHAEL PARENTI is a critically acclaimed author and an extraordinary public speaker. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and has taught at a number of colleges and universities, in the United States and abroad. He is the author of numerous books, including Superpariotism, The Assassination of Julius Caesar, and Inventing Reality.
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Table of Contents

Reflections on culture
1 The politics of culture 15
2 Culturalistic explanations 21
3 Mass-marketed culture 29
4 Psychiatry as a control weapon 37
Judging different cultures
5 Ethnocentrism and cultural imperialism 47
6 The hazards of cultural relativism 55
7 Custom against women 65
8 The global rape culture 71
9 "The most fundamental institution of civilization" 79
Racist myths
10 From tribalism to universalism 91
11 Slavery and gentlemen imperialists 99
Hyper-individualism, reality, and perception
12 New age blessings and disorders 111
13 The myth of individuality 119
14 Objectivity and the dominant paradigm 125
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