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The age of American unreason, Susan Jacoby

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The age of American unreason, Susan Jacoby
Language
eng
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-332) and index
Index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
The age of American unreason
Nature of contents
bibliography
Oclc number
140101081
Responsibility statement
Susan Jacoby
Summary
From the Publisher: A cultural history of the last forty years, The Age of American Unreason focuses on the convergence of social forces-usually treated as separate entities-that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. These include the upsurge of religious fundamentalism, with more political power today than ever before; the failure of public education to create an informed citizenry; and the triumph of video over print culture. Sparing neither the right nor the left, Jacoby asserts that Americans today have embraced a universe of "junk thought" that makes almost no effort to separate fact from opinion
Table Of Contents
Introduction -- 1: The way we live now: just us folks -- 2: The way we lived then: intellect and ignorance in a young nation -- 3: Social pseudoscience in the morning of America's culture wars -- 4: Reds, pinkos, fellow travelers -- 5: Middlebrow culture from noon to twilight -- 6: Blaming it on the sixties -- 7: Legacies: youth culture and celebrity culture -- 8: New old-time religion -- 9: Junk thought -- 10: The culture of distraction -- 11: Public life: defining dumbness downward -- Conclusion: Cultural conservation -- Notes -- Selected bibliography -- Acknowledgments -- Index
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