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Culture's Vanities: The Paradox of Cultural Diversity in a Globalized World
     

Culture's Vanities: The Paradox of Cultural Diversity in a Globalized World

by David Steigerwald, Wilfred M. McClay, Ted V. McAllister, Jean Bethke Elshtain
 

ISBN-10: 0742511979

ISBN-13: 9780742511972

Pub. Date: 10/08/2004

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Americans want it both ways. They are committed to cultural diversity, yet demand an endless variety of cheap consumer goods from a global system that destroys distinct ways of life. Americans have papered over this paradox by embracing the rhetoric of diversity and multiculturalism, hiding the extent to which they have accepted homogenized ways of working and

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Americans want it both ways. They are committed to cultural diversity, yet demand an endless variety of cheap consumer goods from a global system that destroys distinct ways of life. Americans have papered over this paradox by embracing the rhetoric of diversity and multiculturalism, hiding the extent to which they have accepted homogenized ways of working and living.

In this groundbreaking work, David Steigerwald exposes this paradox and examines how culture, rather than economics or politics, became the framework for understanding human affairs. Steigerwald criticizes contemporary cultural studies and multiculturalism, showing how they lead, not to true understanding and acceptance, but to mass consumption and bureaucratic power. Culture's Vanities moves debate away from the culture wars by examining what culture actually means and how the modern understanding of it can only destroy true diversity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742511972
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/08/2004
Series:
American Intellectual Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: The Follies of Cultural Determinism in an Age of Anti-Culture
Chapter 1: On the Rise of Cultural Determinism in an Age of Anti-Culture
Chapter 2: The Misappropriation of Culture in the Contemporary Mind
Chapter 3: Work and Culture
Chapter 4: Culture and Identity
Chapter 5: Race and Culture
Chapter 6: How the Left Got Cultured
Chapter 7: The Virtues of Cosmopolitanism, Complexity, and Taste

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