The Intellectuals and the Flag: / Edition 1

The Intellectuals and the Flag: / Edition 1

by Todd Gitlin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231124937

ISBN-13: 9780231124935

Pub. Date: 05/08/2007

Publisher: Columbia University Press

"The tragedy of the left is that, having achieved an unprecedented victory in helping stop an appalling war, it then proceeded to commit suicide." So writes Todd Gitlin about the aftermath of the Vietnam War in this collection of writings that calls upon intellectuals on the left to once again engage American public life and resist the trappings of knee-jerk

Overview

"The tragedy of the left is that, having achieved an unprecedented victory in helping stop an appalling war, it then proceeded to commit suicide." So writes Todd Gitlin about the aftermath of the Vietnam War in this collection of writings that calls upon intellectuals on the left to once again engage American public life and resist the trappings of knee-jerk negativism, intellectual fads, and political orthodoxy. Gitlin argues for a renewed sense of patriotism based on the ideals of sacrifice, tough-minded criticism, and a willingness to look anew at the global role of the United States in the aftermath of 9/11. Merely criticizing and resisting the Bush administration will not do—the left must also imagine and propose an America reformed.

Where then can the left turn? Gitlin celebrates the work of three prominent postwar intellectuals: David Riesman, C. Wright Mills, and Irving Howe. Their ambitious, assertive, and clearly written works serve as models for an intellectual engagement that forcefully addresses social issues and remains affirmative and comprehensive. Sharing many of the qualities of these thinkers' works, Todd Gitlin's blunt, frank analysis of the current state of the left and his willingness to challenge orthodoxies pave the way for a revival in leftist thought and a new liberal patriotism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231124935
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/08/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Great Refusal to Political Retreat I. Three Exemplary Intellectuals1. David Riesman's Lonely Crowd2. C. Wright Mills, Free Radical3. Irving Howe's PartitionII. Two Traps and Three Values4. The Postmodernist Mood5. The Antipolitical Populism of Cultural Studies6. The Values of Media, Citizenship, and Higher EducationIII. The Intellectuals and the FlagAcknowledgmentsIndex

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