FW: 1/24/2005 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education
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MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
A glance at the January/February issue of "Society":
The new culture of culture
The developed world has become infatuated with the idea of
culture as the framework for understanding everything, says
David Steigerwald, an associate professor of history at Ohio
State University at Marion.
"Culture has become to our time what religion was to the early
modern period and science to the Enlightenment," he writes.
We now have cultural politics, cultural citizenship, culture
wars, and corporate cultures, he says. Fly fishermen and Elvis
fans have their own cultures, as do drug addicts and people in
recovery from addiction.
"We have oversold culture," he contends. "We have come to see it
as far too powerful a thing. Stretching culture to encompass
everything, using it as shorthand for complicated social
developments, we have made the term meaningless, the fate of all
And focusing too much on culture can be dangerous, he argues,
because it draws attention away from real sources of power, like
wealth and the state.
"Had Mao labored under the cultural determinism of our time," he
writes, "he would have said that power comes out of his ideas
about the barrel of a gun."
The article, "Our New Cultural Determinism," is not online.
Information about the journal is available at
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