The Public Culture

The Public Culture : An Argument with the Future

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In widely different societies, the same values are worshipped. Through its political and moral rhetoric, its music, its television, a society constructs its public culture. The state uses its control of the media to impose its values. Since the first edition of this work, the world has experienced the collapse of the Eastern European and Soviet regimes. If, in a liberal-democratic society, the economy was failing at a time of strong ethnocentric drama, can we be sure that the liberal-democratic elements in the public culture would have permeated the society sufficiently for them to survive? This is a book that analyses societies and argues with the future - if we are to continue having states, the author argues, we must find a way of taking the "nation" out of nation-state.
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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 25.4mm | 371g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0745309070
  • 9780745309071

About Donald Horne

Donald Horne was an Australian journalist, writer, social critic and academic who became one of Australia's best known public intellectuals. Horne published three novels and more than twenty volumes of history, memoir and political and cultural analysis. He also edited the Bulletin, the Observer (Australia) and Quadrant. His best known work was The Lucky Country (1964).
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