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Conserving Cultures : Technology, Globalization, and the Future of Local Cultures - Harry Redner

Conserving Cultures

Technology, Globalization, and the Future of Local Cultures

Paperback Published: 13th February 2004
ISBN: 9780742527348
Number Of Pages: 208

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As the forests are felled, cultures are destroyed. In our technological civilization, the forces of globalization are a threat to both nature and culture. The many and varied cultures of the world are beset by the homogenizing impact of the global media, which represents the triumph of technics. The fate can only be averted by a concerted effort at culture conservation. Nature and culture must be protected to preserve a humanly habitable world. Conserving Cultures is the first book to link nature and culture conservation. The threat to nature is now well understood, how it relates to cultures is not. This book both describes and analyzes theoretically the danger to culture and proposes practical remedial measures.

Introductionp. 1
What is Global Culture?p. 17
The Cultural Impact of Globalizationp. 20
Flight-Culture as a Premonition of the Futurep. 27
Americanization, or the Origins of Global Culturep. 36
In Defense of Local Culturep. 45
Why is Global Culture so Successful?p. 61
The Economy of the Media: Supply and Demandp. 64
Technology and the Mediap. 84
From Popular to Mass to Global Culturep. 91
How Does Global Culture Differ from All Other Cultures?p. 111
A General Theory of Culturep. 112
Technicsp. 123
Technification of Representationp. 138
Technification of the Ethosp. 151
The Retreat from Technicsp. 160
What are the Alternatives to Global Culture?p. 167
Values and Their Enemiesp. 170
Values and Commoditiesp. 181
Choosing Local Culturep. 193
Resisting Global Culturep. 203
Toward an Eco-Cultural Balancep. 211
Epiloguep. 219
Endnotesp. 225
Indexp. 229
About the Authorp. 243
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ISBN: 9780742527348
ISBN-10: 0742527344
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 13th February 2004
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 16.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.37

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