A World Made Safe for Differences: Cold War Intellectuals and the Politics of Identity by Christopher ShannonA World Made Safe for Differences: Cold War Intellectuals and the Politics of Identity by Christopher Shannon

A World Made Safe for Differences: Cold War Intellectuals and the Politics of Identity

byChristopher Shannon

Paperback | December 13, 2005

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In A World Made Safe for Differences, Christopher Shannon examines how an anthropological definition of culture shaped the central political and social narratives of the Cold War era. In the middle decades of the twentieth century, American intellectuals understood culture as a "whole way of life" and a "pattern of values" in order to account for and accommodate differences between America and other countries, and within America itself. Shannon locates the ideological origins of current debates about multiculturalism in the pluralist thought of "consensus" liberalism. The emphasis on individualism in contemporary identity politics, Shannon suggests, must be understood as a legacy of the Cold War liberalism of the 1950s rather than the counter-culture radicalism of the 1960s. A World Made Safe for Differences is a highly original and controversial book that will be of great interest to students and scholars of twentieth century American history.
Christopher Shannon is assistant professor of history at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia. He is the author of Conspicuous Criticism: Tradition, the Individual, and Culture in American Social Thought, from Veblen to Mills.
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Title:A World Made Safe for Differences: Cold War Intellectuals and the Politics of IdentityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:December 13, 2005Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:084769058X

ISBN - 13:9780847690589

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Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter 1: Integrating the WorldChapter 2: Culture and CountercultureChapter 3: The Negro DilemmaChapter 4: Beyond the Unmeltable EthicsChapter 5: The Feminist MystiqueChapter 6: Compulsory SexualityConclusion

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The main argument-that Western intellectuals during the Cold War sought to respect other cultures or non-mainstream movements even as they practiced subtle imperialism-is beautifully and forcefully demonstrated.