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A Sorry State: Self-Denigration in British Culture [Hardcover]

Peter Whittle (Ed.) , Michael Burleigh (Foreword) , Peter Whittle

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25 Nov 2010
Self-loathing permeates our culture to such an extent that we no longer even see it for what it is. The aim of this collection of essays, published in November 2010, is to illustrate how self-denigration operates in both specific and general areas of contemporary life. So, along with Helen Szamuely's essay on history teaching in schools, Emma French's exploration of the effects of cultural self-laceration in higher education and Marc Sidwell's analysis of the big state as an expression of self-distrust, we have Gulliver Ralston examining the effects of self-hatred on music education, Paul Seaman on corporate imagebuilding, Juliet Samuel on the environmentalist movement and Douglas Murray on how our response to radical Islam is being compromised. Tony Wells describes the minefield of a simple dinner party among the middle-class intelligentsia, Guy Stagg makes an argument for religion as an expression of self-hate, and Richard D. North describes how so-called anti-elitism is another facet of the same phenomenon.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The New Culture Forum; First edition (25 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956741002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956741004
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,419,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Whittle is founder and director of the New Culture Forum. A journalist and broadcaster, he has written for the Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Los Angeles Times and Daily Mail among many other newspapers. He is the film critic and a feature writer for Standpoint magazine. Peter has appeared on many television programmes, including BBC 2's The Review Show, The Daily Politics, Sky News and The One Show. He has contributed to Radio 4's Moral Maze and Front Row, and to Claudia Winkleman's and Jeremy Vine's shows on Radio 2. He was the host and producer of Culture Clash, the UK's first internet cultural review show.

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