The Trouble with Culture: How Computers Are Calming the Culture Wars [NOOK Book]

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In this highly original book, anthropologist F. Allan Hanson reveals an entirely unanticipated but vital link between two of the most widely discussed features of contemporary American society: the computer revolution and the culture wars. Hanson argues that the culture wars stem from a divergence in the evolutionary paths of society and culture. Societies have evolved significantly over the last few millennia from small bands of farmers or hunter-gatherers into huge, internally diverse nation-states, while ...
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The Trouble with Culture: How Computers Are Calming the Culture Wars

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Overview

In this highly original book, anthropologist F. Allan Hanson reveals an entirely unanticipated but vital link between two of the most widely discussed features of contemporary American society: the computer revolution and the culture wars. Hanson argues that the culture wars stem from a divergence in the evolutionary paths of society and culture. Societies have evolved significantly over the last few millennia from small bands of farmers or hunter-gatherers into huge, internally diverse nation-states, while cultures-the closed systems of meanings and symbols that kept small, face-to-face societies together-have failed to keep pace. If cultures became more open, Hanson contends, then the maladaptive rupture between society and culture would be healed and the clashes that currently beset us would be greatly diminished. Interweaving lucid analysis with concrete case studies of common law, education, and other areas of contemporary life, Hanson demonstrates how the widespread use of computers is, in fact, encouraging more originality and open-mindedness, with the potential to ease polarization and calm the culture wars.
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Hanson's The Trouble with Culture is an illuminating look into how culture and automation are interconnected ... Hanson has much of interest to share.— Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

"Hanson's book is best read as a provocative case of how a technology is changing the conditions under which we think and act. The argument is accessible and should be of interest to technologists and social scientists who are interested in how AIM can, quite apart from its content, have a significant impact on society ... Hanson raises questions about the relationships between culture, technology and individual agency that are both significant and thought-provoking."— Information, Communication & Society

"...undeniably fresh, fascinating, and provocative."— American Journal of Sociology

"For all readers who ponder the potential beneficial impacts of information technology."— CHOICE

"Not only does the book forge new interdisciplinary ties, but it does so by moving effortlessly between theoretical discussions and empirical observations. The reader is constantly aware of the cultural stakes of learning to think more flexibly about our own humanity and our human ability to give the world structure and meaning. Hanson clearly cares about the topic under review and that sincerity is conveyed throughout."— Evan Selinger, editor of Postphenomenology: A Critical Companion to Ihde

"This book is a treasure, repaying readers with thoughtful analyses and provocative topics. Hanson weaves together two significant issues: on the one hand, he provides a valuable treatise on cultural theory; on the other hand, he unpacks a set of issues crucial to contemporary life."— C. Richard King, coauthor of Beyond the Cheers: Race as Spectacle in College Sport"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791480441
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 336 KB

Meet the Author

F. Allan Hanson is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kansas and the author of several books, including Testing Testing: Social Consequences of the Examined Life.
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