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This book surveys the breadth of mankind’s postmodern malaise, which is achieved through a discussion of the major challenges, social and psychological, which every individual faces in the effort to live fully in the twenty-first century. These challenges lay in broadly familiar domains: self- and group-consciousness; common man and his place in a future society in which mental activity dominates; work and leisure; knowledge and values accruing from it, both for self and others; possibilities in education; civilization, with its “Dark Age” phenomena and its dreams of progress; the role of the past in contemporary life; and power, both in society and within the sovereign individual who, though bound by physical and intellectual limits, functions as a seeker after the freedom and self-fulfillment which are so wholly integral to the human condition. And finally a serious question: What fate awaits the perpetual non-conformist, whose views, however unwelcome in his own time and in a contemporary environment, may in fact anticipate future living conditions?
|Publisher:||Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers|
|Series:||American University Studies Series , #229|
|Product dimensions:||5.91(w) x 8.86(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Charles R. Reid earned his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin and his Ed.D. from the University of California. He taught at Iowa Wesleyan College, Fayetteville State University, and Ohlone College. He served in the Korean War and taught at numerous public schools.