ISBN-10:
076183060X
ISBN-13:
9780761830603
Pub. Date:
09/20/2005
Publisher:
UPA
Dysfunctional Culture: The Inadequacy of Cultural Liberalism as a Guide to Major Challenges of the 21st Century

Dysfunctional Culture: The Inadequacy of Cultural Liberalism as a Guide to Major Challenges of the 21st Century

by Sigurd N. Skirbekk

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Overview

Dysfunctional Culture: The Inadequacy of Cultural Liberalism as a Guide to Major Challenges of the 21st Century

Dysfunctional Culture is written for both theoretical and practical purposes. The first part of the book is a discussion of how to understand and identify political ideologies as cultural systems, disposing for both functional and dysfunctional ways of adjustment, even apart from the interests and intentions of their spokesmen. The second part deals with examples related to family morality and reproduction. It is argued that contemporary cultural liberalism, despite its advantages over several totalitarian ideologies, is inadequate for understanding the cultural premises for family functions, and even legitimizes dysfunctional processes. The book argues that belief in individual rights as the main basis for morality is not an adequate response to the moral challenges we are sure to face in the years ahead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761830603
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 09/20/2005
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Sigurd N. Skirbekk is Professor of Sociology at the University of 'slo. Professor Skirbekk has been manager of the Sociology Department and chairman of the Association of Professors at the university.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 From 11/9 to 9/11 Chapter 4 Cultural Systems and Functionality Chapter 5 The Internal Causes of Ideological Demise Chapter 6 New Liberalism as an Ideology Related to Myth and Belief Chapter 7 The Dysfunctionality of New Liberal Morality Chapter 8 Family Structure and Functionality Chapter 9 Migration—Ideology, Myths, and Beliefs Chapter 10 The Cultural Change Chapter 11 Index

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