Is There A Culture War?: A Dialogue on Values and American Public Life by James Davison HunterIs There A Culture War?: A Dialogue on Values and American Public Life by James Davison Hunter

Is There A Culture War?: A Dialogue on Values and American Public Life

byJames Davison Hunter, Alan Wolfe

Paperback | October 18, 2006

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In the wake of a bitter presidential campaign and in the face ofnumerous divisive policy questions, many Americans wonder if theircountry has split in two. People are passionately choosing sides oncontentious issues such as the invasion of Iraq, gay marriage,stem-cell research, and the right to die, and the battle over abortioncontinues unabated. Social and political splits fascinate the media: wehear of Red States against Blue States and the "ReligiousRight" against "Secular America"; Fox News and AirAmerica; NASCAR dads and soccer moms. Is America, in fact, divided soclearly? Does a moderate middle still exist? Is the national fabricfraying? To the extent that these divisions exist, are they simply thehealthy and unavoidable products of a diverse, democratic nation? InIs There a Culture War? two of America's leadingauthorities on political culture lead a provocative and thoughtfulinvestigation of this question and its ramifications. James DavisonHunter and Alan Wolfe debate these questions with verve, insight, and adeep knowledge rooted in years of study and reflection. Long beforemost scholars and pundits addressed the issue, Hunter and Wolfe wereidentifying the fault lines in the debate. Hunter's 1992 bookCulture Wars put the term in popular circulation, arguing thatAmerica was in the midst of a "culture war" over "ourmost fundamental and cherished assumptions about how to order ourlives." Six years later, in One Nation After All, Wolfechallenged the idea of a culture war and argued that a majority ofAmericans were seeking a middle way, a blend of the traditional and themodern. For the first time, these two distinguished scholars join indialogue to clarify their differences, update their arguments, andsearch for the truth about America's cultural condition.
James Davison Hunter is the William R. Kenan Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, where he is also executive director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. Among his several books is The Death of Character: On Moral Education of America's Children (Basic Books, 2000). Alan Wolfe...
Title:Is There A Culture War?: A Dialogue on Values and American Public LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:118 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.39 inPublished:October 18, 2006Publisher:Brookings Institution PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0815795157

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Editorial Reviews

"Two important essays focus on theexistence or nonexistence of a culture war....Comments on the essays from historian GertrudeHimmelfarb and political scientist Morris P. Fiorina, and additional responses from Hunterand Wolfe, provide a rich debate. Highly recommended." -CHOICE, 6/1/2007