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Analyzing the relationship between globalization and cultures is the core objective of this volume. In it leading experts track cultural trends in all regions of the world, covering issues ranging from the role of cultural difference in politics and governance to heritage conservation, artistic expression, and the cultural industries. The book also includes a data section that consolidates the recently commenced but still inchoate work of cultural indicators.

Capitalism, Conflict and Churn: How the American Culture War Went Global
Capitalism, conflict and churn: How the American culture war went global
Ronnie D.Lipschutz

Cultural conflicts emerge when the hegemony of a dominant elite is challenged by social changes related to transformations in capitalism and by the social turmoil that follows. In the United States such periods of disruption and conflict are associated with what are generally called ‘industrial revolutions’, periods during which capitalism eats away at the foundations of social structures and hierarchies through, in Joseph Schumpeter's terms, ‘creative destruction ‘and ‘churn’. Churn weakens the ideologies and relations that naturalize and justify particular institutionalized forms of domination, social organization and hegemony, and when these begin to erode, the legitimacy of a social order is challenged.

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