Laying the Ladder Down: The Emergence of Cultural Holism (Google eBook)

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1992 - Social Science - 159 pages
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This book examines a fundamental shift in contemporary Western thought: the replacement of the traditional dualistic and hierarchical model of reality by a holistic one. Betty Hean Craige traces the emergence of this new paradigm to Charles Darwin, whose evolutionary theory exploded the idea of a fixed natural hierarchy and opened the way for a more egalitarian vision of human society as an evolving system of interdependent individuals and cultures.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
THE LADDER
8
EQUAL RIGHTS
27
CULTURAL HOLISM IN THE ACADEMY
43
LITERATURE IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY
60
THE BACKLASH
77
ENVIRONMENTALISM
95
Conclusion
115
Notes
117
Works Cited
149
Index
155
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Betty Jean Craige is University Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. She has published books in the fields of literature, history of ideas, and ecology. Two of her translations of Marjorie AgosAn's poetry were published by Sherman Asher. Laying the Ladder Down: The Emergence of Cultural Holism, won Georgia Author of the Year Award, & Eugene Odum: Ecosystem Ecologist and Environmentalist explores development in the 20th SCB Distributors Inc.: Sherman Asher Publishing: Title Add Success 8/

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