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The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America Is Wracked by Culture Wars

Academic journal article et Cetera

The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America Is Wracked by Culture Wars

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Todd Gitlin. The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America is Wracked by Culture Wars. Holt: New York, 1995. Can Whites, Blacks, Native Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Gays, Jews, Christians, Feminists, Fundamentalists, and a host of other identity category groups get along with each other and work toward achieving justice for all? Maybe, says Todd Gitlin, a president of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in the Sixties, a professor of sociology at Berkeley for 16 years, and the author of The Twilight of Common Dreams. This book reveals Gitlin's deep disappointment with the direction America's political Left has taken since the Sixties.

Gitlin believes that the "Left," which once stood for universal values, has come to be identified with the special interests of distinct "cultures" and select "identities." The "Right," long associated with privileged interests, now claims to defend the needs of all. The result is that, "Since the late 1960s, while the Right has been taking the White House, the Left has been marching on the English department."

The author contends that Americans are obsessed with their racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual identities. …

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