A World Made Safe for Differences: Cold War Intellectuals and the Politics of Identity / Edition 184

A World Made Safe for Differences: Cold War Intellectuals and the Politics of Identity / Edition 184

by Christopher Shannon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0847690571

ISBN-13: 9780847690572

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

In "A World Made Safe for Differences", Christopher Shannon examines how an anthropological definition of culture shaped the central political and social narratives of the Cold War era. In the middle decades of the twentieth century, American intellectuals understood culture as a "whole way of life" and a "pattern of values" in order to account for and accommodate

Overview

In "A World Made Safe for Differences", Christopher Shannon examines how an anthropological definition of culture shaped the central political and social narratives of the Cold War era. In the middle decades of the twentieth century, American intellectuals understood culture as a "whole way of life" and a "pattern of values" in order to account for and accommodate differences between America and other countries, and within America itself. Shannon locates the ideological origins of current debates about multiculturalism in the pluralist thought of "consensus" liberalism. The emphasis on individualism in contemporary identity politics, Shannon suggests, must be understood as a legacy of the Cold War liberalism of the 1950s rather than the counter-culture radicalism of the 1960s. "A World Made Safe for Differences" is a highly original and controversial book that will be of great interest to students and scholars of 20th century American history.

Author Biography: Christopher Shannon is the author of "Conspicuous Criticism: Tradition, the Individual, and Culture in American Social Thought from Veblen to Mills".

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847690572
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Series:
American Intellectual Culture Series
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Integrating the World
Chapter 2: Culture and Counterculture
Chapter 3: The Negro Dilemma
Chapter 4: Beyond the Unmeltable Ethics
Chapter 5: The Feminist Mystique
Chapter 6: Compulsory Sexuality
Conclusion

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