Modern Culture

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A&C Black, Nov 24, 2006 - Social Science - 173 pages
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What do we mean by 'culture'? This word, purloined by journalists to denote every kind of collective habit, lies at the centre of contemporary debates about the past and future of society.  In this thought-provoking book, Roger Scruton argues for the religious origin of culture in all its forms, and mounts a defence of the 'high culture' of our civilization against its radical and 'deconstructionist' critics.  He offers a theory of pop culture, a panegyric to Baudelaire, a few reasons why Wagner is just as great as his critics fear him to be, and a raspberry to Cool Britannia.  A must for all people who are fed up to their tightly clenched front teeth with Derrida, Foucault, Oasis and Richard Rogers.
  

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User Review  - Sophie - Goodreads

He gets Britpop so wrong. Comically wrong. Wow. It's basically level 9000 "you kids get off my lawn"-ery and an almost unbelievable feat of misinterpretation. I like him in a weird way but as usual ... Read full review

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User Review  - Miss Karen Jean Martinson - Goodreads

I disagree with a lot of what Scruton says, but I admire the way he says it - there's a rigor to his argument and a willingness to create a discussion that I appreciate. Read full review

Contents

What Is Culture?
1
Culture and Cult
5
Enlightenment
22
The Aesthetic Gaze
30
Romanticism
47
Fantasy Imagination and the Salesman
55
Modernism
68
Avantgarde and Kitsch
85
Surface and Surfeit
96
Yoofanasia
105
Idle Hands
123
The Devils Work
135
Conclusions
149
Quite Interesting Bibliography
159
Index
169
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Professor Roger Scruton is Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington and Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. His other books include Sexual Desire, The West and the Rest, England: An Elegy, News from Somewhere and Gentle Regrets (all published by Continuum).

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