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- DescriptionA new class is emerging in the wake of the information ecomy and is altering American culture. Instead of arguing about values in aesthetic taste or morality, this book sheds new light on the culture wars by examining the social sources of recent cultural developments. Both opponents and defenders of the current cultural scene have neglected the class factors in culture generally and in present society. If the new class is added to our picture of American society, its input into the cultural marketplace helps to explain present trends in postmodernism, mixtures of high and low culture, and other recent developments. Both opponents and defenders of the cultural scene have neglected the class factors in culture generally and in present society. Instead of arguing about values in aesthetic taste or morality, this book offers a new perspective on the culture wars by inquiring into the social sources of the argument. When a new class is seen to have emerged in the wake of the information ecomy, its effects on cultural taste and style will help to explain both their strengths and weaknesses. The book's message is that much of the heat generated in the culture wars may be lowered and clarification obtained by observing a principle in social and aesthetic matters: every class has its culture. When the social functions of both high and popular cultures are ackwledged, it becomes possible to criticize current offerings for their effectiveness or limitations in fulfilling those functions. If the new class is added to our picture of American society, its input into the cultural marketplace helps to explain present trends in postmodernism, mixtures of high and low culture, and other recent developments.
- Author BiographyAVROM FLEISHMAN is Professor Emeritus of English at Johns Hopkins University, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Victorian and modern literature. He is the author of 8 books, including The Condition of English (Greenwood, 1998).
- Author(s)Avrom Fleishman
- Date of Publication30/10/2002
- SubjectCultural Studies
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPraeger Publishers Inc
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight407 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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