Americans want it both ways. They are committed to cultural diversity, yet demand an endless variety of cheap consumer goods from a global system that destroys distinct ways of life. In this groundbreaking work, David Steigerwald argues that Americans have papered over this paradox by embracing the rhetoric of diversity and multiculturalism, which hides the extent to which they have accepted homogenized ways of working and living.
David Steigerwald is associate professor of history at Ohio State University, Marion. He is the author of Wilsonian Idealism in America and The Sixties and the End of Modern America.
Preface: The Follies of Cultural Determinism in an Age of Anti-Culture Chapter 1: On the Rise of Cultural Determinism in an Age of Anti-Culture Chapter 2: The Misappropriation of Culture in the Contemporary Mind Chapter 3: Work and Culture Chapter 4: Culture and Identity Chapter 5: Race and Culture Chapter 6: How the Left Got Cultured Chapter 7: The Virtues of Cosmopolitanism, Complexity, and Taste