Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America

Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America

by James Davison Hunter
     
 

A trenchant commentary on the meaning of the battle between the new religious right and left, and how fundamentalists and progressives are engaged in a moral struggle to control the family, art, education, law, politics, and every aspect of American life. See more details below

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A trenchant commentary on the meaning of the battle between the new religious right and left, and how fundamentalists and progressives are engaged in a moral struggle to control the family, art, education, law, politics, and every aspect of American life.

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Washington Post Book World
A fascinating study that merits serious attention.
Library Journal
In this excellent, scholarly work, Hunter explores the transition in deeply rooted cultural conflicts in American society. These are the political and social hostilities generated from differing systems of moral understanding involving such issues as abortion, homosexuality, families, education, laws, elections, censorship, media, and the arts. In the past, ancient animosities had been expressed along religious lines: Protestants versus Catholics, Christians versus Jews. Now the culture wars are the issues-centered conflicts between two passionately polarized groups, the ``orthodox'' and the ``progressive.'' Concluding that the moderate voices within this public discourse are usually eclipsed, Hunter suggests some practical steps for us to acquire new analytical tools to resolve cultural conflict. Recommended for all academic libraries. (Index not seen.)-- Anne Page Mosby, Georgia State Univ. Lib., Atlanta

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465015337
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
12/02/1991
Pages:
432

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"An extraordinary intellectual achievement--a careful and immensely constructive analysis of moral and cultural conflicts."
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"An indispensable contribution to the understanding of the sad state of argument in America."

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