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The Culture Wars, Interdisciplinarity, Globalization

Brett Levinson

in Market and Thought

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223848
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235421 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823223848.003.0010
The Culture Wars, Interdisciplinarity, Globalization

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This chapter looks at the politics of the Academy, in particular the Academy's staging of the “culture wars” in terms of a state/market duopoly. It offers three introductory comments. First, the way in which economic and governmental concerns take shape should be examined. Second, the culture wars within the Academy do not involve debates between Right- and Left-leaning academic and social blocs. And third, few intellectuals would admit that their projects are grounded in such culture wars. The chapter then presents some of the discourses within intellectual skirmishes: feminism, queer theory, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, multiculturalism, post-Marxism, cultural studies, and liberal and conservative humanism. Each of these discourses contends that some idea of the global or universal is harmful to human existence. The culture wars take place to maintain the Left/Right division that safeguards their marketability and the market itself, including the university as the site for their commerce.

Keywords: Academy; culture wars; globalization; university; Left/Right division

Chapter.  7558 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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