Culture, Capitalism, and Democracy in the New America Richard Harvey Brown

Publication date:
30 Nov 2011
Yale University Press
368 pages: 235 x 156mm
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The United States is in transit from an industrial to a postindustrial society, from a modern to postmodern culture, and from a national to a global economy. In this book Richard Harvey Brown asks how we can distinguish the uniquely American elements of these changes from more global influences. His answer focuses on the ways in which economic imperatives give shape to the shifting experience of being American.
Drawing on a wide knowledge of American history and literature, the latest social science, and contemporary social issues, Brown investigates continuity and change in American race relations, politics, religion, conception of selfhood, families, and the arts. He paints a vivid picture of contemporary America, showing how postmodernism is perceived and felt by individuals and focusing attention on the strengths and limitations of American democracy.

?An impressive and important book in which Richard Brown deals with American society in a holistic, synthetic, interdisciplinary, and original way.??Manfred Stanley, Syracuse University


"On this dark subject Richard Brown has given us a masterpiece."?Ronnie Dugger, cochairman and founder of the Alliance for Democracy and founding editor of The Texas Observer

"An erudite commentary on many of the major shifts occurring in American society and culture. . . . Incisive. . . . Brown offers a persuasive critique of advanced capitalism."?Shanti K. Khinduka, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare