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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Review: Modern CultureUser 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
Review: Modern CultureUser 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
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