Popular Culture Values and the Arts: Essays on Elitism versus Democratization

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Ray B. Browne, Lawrence A. Kreiser, Jr.
McFarland, Jan 10, 2014 - Social Science - 230 pages
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In countries around the world, the rise of class divisions and unbridled capitalism are changing the conventional definitions of art and esthetics. Historically, the philanthropy of the elite has played a leading role in supporting, funding, and distributing artistic works. While such measures may be pure in intent, many worry that private funding may be gentrifying the arts and creating a situation in which art will only be valued for its prestige or, worse, its price tag. This collection of essays examines the current movement to democratize the arts and make the world of artistic endeavor open and accessible to all. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

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Part 2 Developing the Oversized Spirit
Part 3 Breaking the Cast
Part 4 Promoting the American and World Dream
Part 5 Outsider Views of American Cultures
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The late Ray B. Browne (1922–2009) edited the Journal of Popular Culture, served as an officer of the Popular Culture Association and wrote prolifically on the subject. He was the founding chair of the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. Lawrence A. Kreiser, Jr., is an assistant professor at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; his interest in the psychology of conflict drives him into studies in the conflicts of cultures.

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