Culture of Complaint

The Fraying of America
Author: Robert Hughes
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Category: Arts and society
Page: 210
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Criticizes Pat Buchanan, Pat Robertson, Jessie Helms, and Ronald Reagan, political correctness, academic obsessions with theory, the art world, American infrastructure, and other targets

The Pursuit of Certainty

Religious and Cultural Formulations
Author: Professor of Social Anthropology Wendy James,Wendy James
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134840888
Category: Social Science
Page: 328
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Although the world population faces movement, mixing and displacement on a larger scale than ever before, the result has not been a collapse of boundaries but an increase in the rise of new forms of ethnic, cultural and religious identity. Those based in the highly developed countries can extend global influence through wealth and sophisticated technology. The Pursuit of Certainty presents original case studies which explore the effect anthropology's inherited tradition of tolerance and cross-cultural understanding has on the new pursuits of truth. Several chapters focus on the rise of new certainties while others examine notions of diversity providing a critical perspective on the new religious movements and current popular orthodoxies relating to society and culture.

Educational Controversies Towards a Discourse of Reconciliation

Author: Pamela Lapage,Hugh Sockett
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134489412
Category: Education
Page: 168
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For the last 100 years, people have argued vigorously about a vast number of educational issues. At the heart of the arguments lies the question: What is the purpose of education? This conflict of educational purpose has seen rifts between academics, educators, politicians and parents. The authors of this book don't believe the conflicts need to be so hysterical, nor that the oppositions are incompatible. Rather, that it is in the manner in which debate is conducted that is so damaging. In this book, the authors contend that there are political, social, moral and civic needs for a new stance to debate the way forward. Examining a number of key controversies in educational discourse the book suggests ways in which controversies may be reconciled by looking for interrelations, mutual dependencies and links of importance. It develops current debate and provides suggestions for developing nurturing and supportive learning communities and so lead to educational change.

Cultus Americanus

Varieties of the Liberal Tradition in American Political Culture, 1600-1865
Author: Brent Gilchrist
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739121801
Category: History
Page: 305
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Drawing on recent contributions to philosophy, economics, cultural studies, feminism, psychology, and anthropology, "The Politics of Judgment" demonstrates how modern political identities depend upon and are formed by aesthetic judgment.

Being Cultured

in defence of discrimination
Author: Angus Kennedy
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
ISBN: 184540761X
Category: Art
Page: 244
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Today culture is everywhere as maybe never before. We read culture reviews, watch culture shows, live in Cities of Culture, and witness the Cultural Olympiad. Government, museums and arts councils worry that we are not getting enough culture and shape policy around notions of art and culture for all. Access and inclusion are in. Difficulty and exclusivity out. In "Being Cultured: in defence of discrimination" Angus Kennedy asks if this explosion of culture, and the breaking down of distinctions between high and low culture, has emancipated us or left us adrift without cultural moorings. Is it true that all cultures are equal? Is cultural diversity a good thing? Is it unacceptably elitist to insist on the highest standards of judgment? To argue that some cultural works stand the test of time and some don't? Can anyone dare to call themselves cultured anymore? Might it even be the case that culture no longer actually means anything much to us? That our nervousness about exercising discrimination and good taste - the erosion of cultural authority - might have left us with a culture that may be open to all, but lacking in depth? This provocative book strikes a blow for discrimination in culture and argues that there is a responsibility on each of us as individuals to always be becoming more cultured beings: our best selves. Kennedy revisits the tradition - from Cicero to Kant, Arnold to Arendt - of autonomy in culture: both in the sense of its intrinsic value and how it rests on our individual freedom - quite apart from state and society - to discriminate and judge. A freedom, without which, we risk a widening culture of consensus and conformity. But which is the constitutive element of a world in common.

Bad Language

Are Some Words Better Than Others?
Author: Edwin Battistella
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199883831
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 240
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Is today's language at an all-time low? Are pronunciations like cawfee and chawklit bad English? Is slang like my bad or hook up improper? Is it incorrect to mix English and Spanish, as in Yo quiero Taco Bell? Can you write Who do you trust? rather than Whom do you trust? Linguist Edwin Battistella takes a hard look at traditional notions of bad language, arguing that they are often based in sterile conventionality. Examining grammar and style, cursing, slang, and political correctness, regional and ethnic dialects, and foreign accents and language mixing, Battistella discusses the strong feelings evoked by language variation, from objections to the pronunciation NU-cu-lar to complaints about bilingual education. He explains the natural desire for uniformity in writing and speaking and traces the association of mainstream norms to ideas about refinement, intelligence, education, character, national unity and political values. Battistella argues that none of these qualities is inherently connected to language. It is tempting but wrong, Battistella argues, to think of slang, dialects and nonstandard grammar as simply breaking the rules of good English. Instead, we should view language as made up of alternative forms of orderliness adopted by speakers depending on their purpose. Thus we can study the structure and context of nonstandard language in order to illuminate and enrich traditional forms of language, and make policy decisions based on an informed engagement. Re-examining longstanding and heated debates, Bad Language will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers engaged and interested in the debate over what constitutes proper language.

Das Nebelland

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3746061709
Category: Fiction
Page: 276
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"Das Nebelland" (Im Original: "The Land of Mist") ist ein 1926 erschienener Roman des britischen Schriftstellers Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Im Zentrum der Erzählung stehen spiritistische Séancen. Diese dritte Folge der "Challenger Stories" gehört zu den früheren Science-Fiction-Romanen in englischer Sprache, greift jedoch zugleich auch Elemente des Abenteuerromans auf.

First Things

A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Religion and sociology
Page: N.A
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The Entrepreneurial Arts Leader

Author: Ruth Rentschler
Publisher: University of Queensland Press(Australia)
Category: Art
Page: 251
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Grounded in an understanding of cultural policy, management, art history, entrepreneurship, and creativity, this book evaluates historical analysis, case studies, and a survey of arts leaders—all during one of the more challenging periods of cultural industry evolution. Exploring successful leadership within the arts industry, this study focuses on understanding the temper of cultural policy, both historic and current, and then builds on the findings to develop the characteristics of effective arts leadership.

Walter B. Cannon, Science and Society

Author: Elin L. Wolfe,A. Clifford Barger,Saul Benison
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 644
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This second volume completes the story begun in "Walter B. Cannon: The Life and Times of a Young Scientist," tracing the middle and late years of one of America's most distinguished medical scientists. This volume also recounts Cannon's work with society on a broader scale, including defending the practice of animal experimentation, the rescue of European medical emigres fleeing the Nazis and Fascists, and providing medical aid to the Spanish Loyalists and to China. Moreover, as a senior statesman of science, Cannon helped guide policies and programs that shaped the future of medical research, practice, and education.


Author: Briton Hadden,Henry Robinson Luce
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
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