Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress. Orlando Patterson, Lawrence E. Harrison, Samuel P. Huntington.
Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress
Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress
Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress
Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress

Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress

New York, NY: Basic Books, 2000. First Edition. Hardcover. "Culture Matters" is a collection of essays from distinguished social scientists on the "Wealth" & "Achievement Gap(s)" so often argued about by passionate partisans of the Right and Left. The contributors come to the conundrum--which the present collections calls into question--from impressively varied expertise areas, personal backgrounds & research domains. Edited by Lawrence E. Harrison & Samuel P. Huntington, it was published in 2000 by the deceptively-named but richly historic "Basic Books" -- a press best known, perhaps, as longtime publishers of Thomas Sowell (the legendary, 'Black Conservative' social scientist & intellectual). The policy-mindful prose contained herein, as its flap copy suggests, "...is sure to spark heated debate." Though such copy surely "attempts" to warn the Reader of a certain tinderbox volatility wholly inseparable from the assertions these essays wield, the Editors of "Culture Matters" could not have anticipated the vitriolic, accusatory dismissal the prescriptions offered herein would one day receive. With one camp of the American Left in voiced, public opposition to the "colorblindness" of the Civil Rights Movement as led by Dr. Martin Luther King & his allies, a new ideological contingent has risen in its place. This unashamedly radical contingent--favoring, as they do, race-conscious, Postmodern (& at-times outright Marxist) approaches to Activism & Social Justice--has become a source of concern for many Americans, & its remorseless incursions onto the social fabric (take, for example, Critical Theories of "Education") have been the subject of persistent national debate. Numerous social scientists and public intellectuals who disagree with the "Critical Turn" have taken it upon themselves to present data that would either endorse or negate the policy suggestions of lawmakers & intellectuals who advocate for these divisive approaches to problem-solving. Until recently, when social scientists like Orlando Patterson & Glenn Loury (and an associated, kingly throng of influential Black American intellectuals like John McWhorter) banded together in voiced opposition to the "Yes We Can't!" narrative, such an idea was dangerous enough to get one called "racist" in polite society. The essays in this book contend that the determinant locus of control in the life of minorities (and majorities) in present-day America rests firmly in the hands of The Individual. Furthermore, it contends that the degree to which one embraces that most fruitful & propulsive of mentalities will be profoundly impactful--not only in the context of one's personal life, but to the growth-&-life of one's country & species. As the blurb copy also suggests, for the contributors to "Culture Matters," "...traditional explanations like imperialism, dependency and racism are no longer adequate," and this courageous tome teeters at the nexus of these passionately argued sociocultural considerations. [ISBN: 0-465-03175-7]. Hardcover in unclipped dust-jacket: First Edition, as stated on copyright page; First Printing, as indicated by number sequence thereon. Book in very fine condition with only minute shelf-wear to fine-edges. Dust-jacket in fine condition with moderate-to-pronounced rubbing & shelf-wear to front, back covers & spine; a few minor (& predominantly since-flattened) horizontal creases at select instances along fine-edges of same; tiny, low-impact bumps at corners; sole instance of closed chipping at top left-hand corner of back cover. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #4879]

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