Rebuilding An Enlightened World: Folklorizing America by Bill IveyRebuilding An Enlightened World: Folklorizing America by Bill Ivey

Rebuilding An Enlightened World: Folklorizing America

byBill Ivey

Hardcover | August 1, 2018

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Twenty-first century global disorder has been attributed to the collapse of liberalism, the abandonment of the common good, a failure of democracy, and an inexplicable derangement of society. InRebuilding an Enlightened World, Bill Ivey argues that we are living through the painful and perhaps irreversible end of the Enlightenment. Today, the long-assumed belief in the permanence of an enlightened world is suddenly open to challenge. Human rights, participatory government, and social justice have lost global influence, and a thread of unreason runs from the Taliban, through the Tea Party, to Trump, threatening women's rights, social justice, and democracy. To understand and to counteract the loss of this hard-won marker of human progress, we must set aside embedded explanations and embrace a frame of observation and understanding grounded in the power of belief, legend, and traditional. Even as ordinary people around the world began to push back against the enlightenment, folklorists became more adept at recognizing the primary role of tradition and legend in the conduct of public affairs and everyday life. If we are to salvage the best of the Enlightenment dream, we must understand and ultimately accommodate the pervasive power of informal culture-the customs, norms, and traditional practices that shape all human behavior.

Bill Ivey is Senior Policy Fellow at Americans for the Arts and Trustee of the Center for American Progress. He was Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in the Clinton-Gore administration, and was Team Leader in the Obama presidential transition. Ivey is Past-President of the American Folklore Society, serving that group as ...
Title:Rebuilding An Enlightened World: Folklorizing AmericaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:194 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 2018Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253029694

ISBN - 13:9780253029690

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Bill Ivey has written a book with two unusual, provocative and relevant big ideas-one, that the current debasement of society emanates not from the current occupant of the White House or from politics at all, but from a long-devolving cultural process in which we lost our shared values; and two, that we might be able to repair the damage if we engage in an inclusive, grass-roots listening campaign, of the sort folklorists deploy, to hear and appreciate our differences and learn how to accommodate them. You would be hard put to find a better place to begin our cultural debate than here.