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Cultural Pessimism

Narratives of Decline in the Postmodern World

Oliver Bennett

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Cultural pessimism arises with the conviction that the culture of a nation, a civilisation or of humanity itself is in a process of irreversible decline. In an incisive and wide-ranging analysis, Cultural Pessimism: Narratives of Decline in the Postmodern World charts the growth of pessimism in the West during the last decades of the twentieth century.

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List of figures
Chapter One: Environmental Decline
Chapter Two: Moral Decline: Warfare, Human Rights & the Crime Explosion
Chapter Three: Intellectual Decline: Science & Art
Chapter Four: Political Decline: The 'New' Capitalism
Chapter Five: Cultural Pessimism

About the Author

Oliver Bennett is the Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick. He has published widely on the subject of cultural policy and is the founding editor of the International Journal of Cultural Policy. He is the co-editor of a forthcoming book series in Cultural Policy Studies.