Synopses & Reviews
Culture is essential to everything we do and is going to play a very significant role in the world of the future. In spite of this, most of us have only a hazy understanding of culture and do not realize how it will affect individual, institutional, community, national, and international affairs. This volume delves into the domain of culture—both as a concept and as a reality—and proposes a formulation of the world system of the future according to culture's highest and most enduring principles. The author draws on many disciplines—anthropology, sociology, philosophy, cosmology, history, economics, and the arts—to make his case that culture and cultures should be accorded a central position in global development and human affairs in the future.
[T]he implications of what Schafer argues are powerful....this is one level and approach that anthropologists must engage if we are to draw what we know into public discourse shaping futures.American Anthropologist
This volume by D. Paul Schafer expands the decade-long academic attention given to the problem of culture, and sheds much additional light on this subject. It is a valuable contribution in this regard, and specifically in offering an exhaustive and penetrating analysis of the idea of culture itself, stressing its heuristic and normative potentialities towards the construction of a new world order....[T]his work...has merits that transcend the purely technical aspect. It can stimulate and enrich discussion in sociology, anthropology, and social philosophy courses that examine the nature and role of culture in the modern world, and its utility for global welfare and salvation in the future.The Great Plains Sociologist
Delves deeply into the domain of culture and proposes a formulation of the world system of the future according to culture's highest and most enduring values.
e future according to culture's highest and most enduring values.
Table of Contents
The Centrality of Culture
Culture as a Concept
The Character of Culture
Culture as a Reality
The Cultural Interpretation of History
The Cultural Personality
Community Cultural Development
The Cultural State
International Cultural Relations
The Art of Cultural Development and Policy
Towards a Cultural Age