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Culture Wars in America: A Documentary and Reference Guide - Documentary and Reference Guides (Hardback)
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Culture Wars in America: A Documentary and Reference Guide - Documentary and Reference Guides (Hardback)

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Hardback 395 Pages / Published: 12/11/2009
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This comprehensive documentary report on the cultural and political state of the union explores the flashpoints of the debate over American identity and values.


* Document groups are arranged topically for easy reference

* Each group of documents is preceded by a headnote and followed by analysis

* The book includes a Reader's Guide to the Documents and a timeline of key events and milestones

* Sidebars explore interesting and significant events related to the various broad topics

* A trove of resources are listed for further research and exploration

* An introductory, context-setting essay, "Definitions of the Culture Wars: Historical and Contemporary," provides background on the evolution of culture wars in the modern era

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313350382
Number of pages: 395
Weight: 1338 g
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 30 mm


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"Utter (political science, Lamar U.) brings together documents that represent different sides of several issues that have been important to the culture wars in American society: religion, abortion, stem cell research, the right to die, gun control and rights, immigration, sex education, homosexuality, gay marriage, and science and education. The documents illustrate both conservative and liberal positions on the issues, and include Supreme Court rulings, writings by advocates, acts, speeches, presidential statements, reports from organizations, and excerpts from books and magazines, as well as analysis of them. Historical issues like slavery and prohibition, and the global culture war concerning Christianity and Islam are included." - Reference & Research Book News
"Utter has done a good job in selecting representative viewpoints, providing a short analysis for each document, and adding small pieces of related information through 'Did You Know?' sidebars. . . . Culture Wars in America is recommended for high-school, undergraduate, and public libraries." - Booklist
"A compilation of primary resources, this reference is divided into nine themed chapters, offering retrospective glimpses of America's defining late 19th- and 20th-century, as well as early 21st-century, domestic debates, like reproductive freedom and gay rights. Each chapter offers a balance of viewpoints, and each representative document is followed by a brief analysis of its relevance. Utter (Campaign and Election Reform) includes four to six relevant sidebars per chapter. Unfortunately, the book omits one of the most incendiary culture wars: the Mapplethorpe-NEA controversy, which had a huge impact on arts funding. A highly valuable...representation of America's modern and contemporary moral debates." - Library Journal
"A highly useful, holistic picture of the various issues." - School Library Journal
"This book could supplement comprehensive collections on cultural differences." - Choice

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