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Anti Intellectualism In American Life

Author : Richard Hofstadter
ISBN : 9780307809674
Genre : Social Science
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Winner of the 1964 Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction. In this award-winning classic work of consensus history, Richard Hofstadter, author of The Age of Reform, examines the role of social movements in the perception of intellect in American life. "As Mr. Hofstadter unfolds the fascinating story, it is no crude battle of eggheads and fatheads. It is a rich, complex, shifting picture of the life of the mind in a society dominated by the ideal of practical success." --Robert Peel in the Christian Science Monitor
Category: Social Science

Anti Intellectualis M In American Life

Author : Richard Hofstadter
ISBN : 1340299925
Genre : History
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Anti Intellectualism In American Media

Author : Dane S. Claussen
ISBN : 0820457213
Genre : Education
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In this book, Dane S. Claussen argues that the news media have fed vocationalism and self-doubt in higher education, and anti-intellectualism throughout American culture. Analyzing articles in popular national magazines since the G.I. Bill of 1944, Claussen finds that media have overwhelmingly portrayed college as a time and place for students to play sports, date and marry, drink and take drugs, protest, join fraternities and sororities, go on vacations, avoid the draft, escape their parents, and, perhaps most of all, network and find jobs - in short, do almost anything except research, study, write, think, or debate. In the tradition of Richard Hofstadter's Pulitzer Prize-winning <I>Anti-intellectualism in American Life and Allan Bloom's <I>Closing of the American Mind, Claussen illustrates the counterintuitive and underestimated - nearly overlooked - role of the news media in higher education and anti-intellectualism.
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Antifundamentalism In Modern America

Author : David Harrington Watt
ISBN : 9781501708534
Genre : History
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David Harrington Watt's Antifundamentalism in Modern America gives us a pathbreaking account of the role that the fear of fundamentalism has played—and continues to play—in American culture. Fundamentalism has never been a neutral category of analysis, and Watt scrutinizes the various political purposes that the concept has been made to serve. In 1920, the conservative Baptist writer Curtis Lee Laws coined the word "fundamentalists." Watt examines the antifundamentalist polemics of Harry Emerson Fosdick, Talcott Parsons, Stanley Kramer, and Richard Hofstadter, which convinced many Americans that religious fundamentalists were almost by definition backward, intolerant, and anti-intellectual and that fundamentalism was a dangerous form of religion that had no legitimate place in the modern world. For almost fifty years, the concept of fundamentalism was linked almost exclusively to Protestant Christians. The overthrow of the Shah of Iran and the establishment of an Islamic republic led to a more elastic understanding of the nature of fundamentalism. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Americans became accustomed to using fundamentalism as a way of talking about Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists, as well as Christians. Many Americans came to see Protestant fundamentalism as an expression of a larger phenomenon that was wreaking havoc all over the world. Antifundamentalism in Modern America is the first book to provide an overview of the way that the fear of fundamentalism has shaped U.S. culture, and it will lead readers to rethink their understanding of what fundamentalism is and what it does.
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The Shadow Of Ulysses

Author : José Antonio Aguilar Rivera
ISBN : 0739101730
Genre : History
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Written by one of the most promising young scholars on the Mexican intellectual scene, The Shadow of Ulysses attempts to reconnect the American and Mexican intellectual experiences by exploring historical as well as contemporary issues in both countries. The book's first chapters discuss the relationship between American and Mexican intellectuals in the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution and offer a sociological comparison of the 1960s intellectual generations in the United States and Mexico. Later chapters provide a critical assessment of two prominent Mexican public intellectuals well known to the American reader: Carlos Fuentes and Jorge Castaneda. The Shadow of Ulysses, the Mexican edition of which was awarded the Alfonso Reyes National Prize, offers a rare glimpse into the development of contemporary Mexican thought and reveals the under-recognized intellectual ties that existed between our two countries in the first half of the twentieth century.
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Sociology Book Introduction

Author : Source Wikipedia
ISBN : 1230544682
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 33. Chapters: Albion's Seed, Anti-intellectualism in American Life, A Defence of Masochism, Baba of Karo, Basic Concepts in Sociology (book), Better Together: Restoring the American Community, Black Power and the American Myth, Black Skin, White Masks, Book of Murder, Born Digital, Canadian Mosaic, Children of Crisis, Computer Power and Human Reason, Conference of the Birds: The Story of Peter Brook in Africa, Confucius Lives Next Door, Crowds and Power, Cultures of Vision, Cyberia (book), Death, Desire and Loss in Western Culture, God Is Red: A Native View of Religion, Growing Up Absurd, Inequality Reexamined, Instincts of the Herd in Peace and War, Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century, Legitimation Crisis (book), Masculinities Without Men?, Myths to Live By, Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict (Current Controversies), Nation and Race, Nobody Left to Hate: Teaching Compassion after Columbine, Past and Present (book), Political Process and the Development of the Black Insurgency 1930-1970, Propaganda (book), Public relations (book), Rules and Meanings, Science as a Vocation, Sex in Video Games, Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution, Social Darwinism in European and American Thought 1860-1945, Social Theory and Social Structure, Sociology books, Sociology of Community (book), Sociology of Rulership and Religion (book), Sociology of the World Religions: Introduction (book), Status Anxiety, That's Not What I Meant!, The Botany of Desire, The Bugis, The Burman: His Life and Notions, The Caged Virgin, The Chemical Religion, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, The Fountain of Age, The Great Good Place (Oldenburg), The Greening of America, The Hollow Doll, The Lucifer Principle, The McDonaldization of Society, The Objectivity of the Sociological and Social-Political Knowledge (book), The...

The Anti Intellectual Presidency

Author : Elvin T. Lim
ISBN : 9780199927098
Genre : Political Science
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Why has it been so long since an American president has effectively and consistently presented well-crafted, intellectually substantive arguments to the American public? Why have presidential utterances fallen from the rousing speeches of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Wilson, and FDR to a series of robotic repetitions of talking points and sixty-second soundbites, largely designed to obfuscate rather than illuminate? In The Anti-Intellectual Presidency, Elvin Lim draws on interviews with more than 40 presidential speechwriters to investigate this relentless qualitative decline, over the course of 200 years, in our presidents' ability to communicate with the public. Lim argues that the ever-increasing pressure for presidents to manage public opinion and perception has created a "pathology of vacuous rhetoric and imagery" where gesture and appearance matter more than accomplishment and fact. Lim tracks the campaign to simplify presidential discourse through presidential and speechwriting decisions made from the Truman to the present administration, explaining how and why presidents have embraced anti-intellectualism and vague platitudes as a public relations strategy. Lim sees this anti-intellectual stance as a deliberate choice rather than a reflection of presidents' intellectual limitations. Only the smart, he suggests, know how to dumb down. The result, he shows, is a dangerous debasement of our political discourse and a quality of rhetoric which has been described, charitably, as "a linguistic struggle" and, perhaps more accurately, as "dogs barking idiotically through endless nights." Sharply written and incisively argued, The Anti-Intellectual Presidency sheds new light on the murky depths of presidential oratory, illuminating both the causes and consequences of this substantive impoverishment.
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Great Issues In American History Vol Ii

Author : Richard Hofstadter
ISBN : 9780307809704
Genre : History
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Volume II gathers documents from the period of the Revolution through the Jacksonian era, up to the Civil War and the Emancipation. To fit both Colonial and Early National courses, documents covering 1765-1776 appear at the beginning of this volume and at the end of Volume I.
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America At 1750

Author : Richard Hofstadter
ISBN : 9780307809650
Genre : History
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Demonstrates how the colonies developed into the first nation created under the influences of nationalism, modern capitalism and Protestantism. From the Paperback edition.
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