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What do we mean by 'culture'? This word, purloined by journalists to denote every kind of collective habit, lies at the centre of contemporary debates about the past and future of society.  In this thought-provoking book, Roger Scruton argues for the religious origin of culture in all its forms, and mounts a defence of the 'high culture' of our civilization against its radical and 'deconstructionist' critics.  He offers a theory of pop culture, a panegyric to Baudelaire, a few reasons why Wagner is just as ...
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Modern Culture

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Overview




What do we mean by 'culture'? This word, purloined by journalists to denote every kind of collective habit, lies at the centre of contemporary debates about the past and future of society.  In this thought-provoking book, Roger Scruton argues for the religious origin of culture in all its forms, and mounts a defence of the 'high culture' of our civilization against its radical and 'deconstructionist' critics.  He offers a theory of pop culture, a panegyric to Baudelaire, a few reasons why Wagner is just as great as his critics fear him to be, and a raspberry to Cool Britannia.  A must for all people who are fed up to their tightly clenched front teeth with Derrida, Foucault, Oasis and Richard Rogers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408193501
  • Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
  • Publication date: 1/3/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 813,394
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

Professor Roger Scruton is visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall Oxford and visiting Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. His other books include Sexual Desire, The West and the Rest, England: An Elegy, News from Somewhere, Gentle Regrets and I Drink Therefore I Am (all published by Continuum).
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Table of Contents


What is Culture?
Culture and Cult
Enlightenment
The Aesthetic Gaze
Romanticism
Fantasy, Imagination and the Salesman
Modernism
Avant-garde and Kitsch
Yoofanasia
Idle Hands
The Devil's Work
Conclusions
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