Populism Against Progress: And the Collapse of Aspirational Values

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Arena books, 2007 - Art - 152 pages
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A sociological study of populism as a major influence in undermining standards in many spheres of life, through false values promoted either through or resulting from political activity, etc., or through corporate marketing forces. The book is of particular relevance to educationalists with regard to its criticism of relativism and post-modernism.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 6
75
CHAPTER 7
86
CHAPTER 8
102
Discrimination and taste is degraded by corporate power
106
The corrupting power of corporate marketing
107
Personalisation policies are an alternative to the privatisation of the right and the statism of the left
109
Benefits of direct democracy and devolved power
111
A universal proprietorial class would repudiate populism
112
Idealising the sad the bad and the mad
123
How marketeers insult the less privileged
126
The selfdeception of marketing promoters
128
notional and real
130
CHAPTER 10
132
Contrast between young and mature cultures
133
When maturity turns to decline
135
Distinction between Creative Reflection and Pedantic Reflection
138

The alienated give rise to the populist society
113
CHAPTER 9
115
Differentiation between AngloSaxon and Continental middle class attitudes and values
116
High cultural egalitarianism on the Continent and in the Far East
117
Cultural decline of BBC TV since the 1950s
119
The failure of historical realism in BBC drama
121
Degradation of contemporary television
122
The cultural problem in maintaining artistic standards
139
The gap between the ideal and the actual in sociopolitical life
140
The urgent need for integrative theory
141
Value of Constructive philosophies past and future
143
New Idealism is the key to social progress
144
INDEX
147
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