Culture Wars in America: A Documentary and Reference Guide
  • Culture Wars in America: A Documentary and Reference Guide
  • Culture Wars in America: A Documentary and Reference Guide

Culture Wars in America: A Documentary and Reference Guide

by Glenn H. Utter
     
 

This comprehensive documentary report on the cultural and political state of the union explores the flashpoints of the debate over American identity and values.

• Document groups are arranged topically for easy reference

• Each group of documents is preceded by a headnote and followed by analysis

• The book includes a Reader's Guide to the

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Overview

This comprehensive documentary report on the cultural and political state of the union explores the flashpoints of the debate over American identity and values.

• Document groups are arranged topically for easy reference

• Each group of documents is preceded by a headnote and followed by analysis

• The book includes a Reader's Guide to the Documents and a timeline of key events and milestones

• Sidebars explore interesting and significant events related to the various broad topics

• A trove of resources are listed for further research and exploration

• An introductory, context-setting essay, "Definitions of the Culture Wars: Historical and Contemporary," provides background on the evolution of culture wars in the modern era

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Utter (political science, Lamar U.) brings together documents that represent different sides of several issues that have been important to the culture wars in American society: religion, abortion, stem cell research, the right to die, gun control and rights, immigration, sex education, homosexuality, gay marriage, and science and education. The documents illustrate both conservative and liberal positions on the issues, and include Supreme Court rulings, writings by advocates, acts, speeches, presidential statements, reports from organizations, and excerpts from books and magazines, as well as analysis of them. Historical issues like slavery and prohibition, and the global culture war concerning Christianity and Islam are included." - Reference & Research Book News

"Utter has done a good job in selecting representative viewpoints, providing a short analysis for each document, and adding small pieces of related information through 'Did You Know?' sidebars. . . . Culture Wars in America is recommended for high-school, undergraduate, and public libraries." - Booklist

"A compilation of primary resources, this reference is divided into nine themed chapters, offering retrospective glimpses of America's defining late 19th- and 20th-century, as well as early 21st-century, domestic debates, like reproductive freedom and gay rights. Each chapter offers a balance of viewpoints, and each representative document is followed by a brief analysis of its relevance. Utter (Campaign and Election Reform) includes four to six relevant sidebars per chapter. Unfortunately, the book omits one of the most incendiary culture wars: the Mapplethorpe-NEA controversy, which had a huge impact on arts funding. A highly valuable…representation of America's modern and contemporary moral debates." - Library Journal

"A highly useful, holistic picture of the various issues." - School Library Journal

"This book could supplement comprehensive collections on cultural differences." - Choice

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Referencing Pat Buchanan's use of the term "culture war" in his 1992 speech at the Republican National Convention, this volume employs speeches, statements, Supreme Court rulings, journal articles, and book excerpts to highlight the differences between conservatives and liberals concerning fundamental social and religious values in an increasingly polarized society. Each document is contextualized by an introductory paragraph and followed by an analysis and a further-reading list. Entry introductions are unbiased. Each document has been selected for its representative value and its deft articulation of the opposing viewpoint and its disagreement with that perspective. Topics covered include a historical perspective of culture wars; differing religious understandings of climate change, homosexuality, and the role of atheism; abortion, embryonic stem cell research and the right to die; gun control and gun rights; science and education; global culture wars; and a final chapter on the future of culture wars. The volume's organization will facilitate debate or ethics researchers. The table of contents is followed by an expanded list of documents included; a "Reader's Guide to Related Documents and Sidebars" categorizes all entries by common research terms. These features complement the excellent cross-referenced index and extensive bibliography covering electronic and print media. A highly useful, holistic picture of the various issues.—Courtney Lewis, Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School, Kingston, PA
Library Journal
A compilation of primary resources, this reference is divided into nine themed chapters, offering retrospective glimpses of America's defining late 19th- and 20th-century, as well as early 21st-century, domestic debates, like reproductive freedom and gay rights. Each chapter offers a balance of viewpoints, and each representative document is followed by a brief analysis of its relevance. Utter (Campaign and Election Reform) includes four to six relevant sidebars per chapter. Unfortunately, the book omits one of the most incendiary culture wars: the Mapplethorpe-NEA controversy, which had a huge impact on arts funding. A highly valuable, if limited, representation of America's modern and contemporary moral debates.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313350382
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Pages:
395
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Glenn H. Utter is professor of political science and chair of the Department of Political Science at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX.

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