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Living with hate in American politics and religion : how popular culture can defuse intractable differences

Author: Jeffrey Israel
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the United States, people are deeply divided along lines of race, class, political party, gender, sexuality, and religion. Many believe that historical grievances must eventually be left behind in the interest of progress toward a more just and unified society. But too much in American history is unforgivable and cannot be forgotten. How then can we imagine a way to live together that does not expect people to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Israel
ISBN: 9780231190169 0231190166
OCLC Number: 1063765505
Description: xxv, 363 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Loving and hating America since the 1990s --
Jewishness, race, and political emotions --
The fact of fraught societies I: the problem of remainders --
The fact of fraught societies II: the problem of reproduction and the missing link problem --
The capability of play --
Playing in fraught societies --
Lenny Bruce and the intimacy of play --
Philip Roth tells the greatest Jewish joke ever told --
All in the Family in the moral history of America --
Epilogue: Losing our "religion" in the domain of play.
Responsibility: Jeffrey Israel.

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Jeffrey Israel offers an innovative argument for the power of playfulness in popular culture to make our capacity for coexistence imaginable. He explores how people from different backgrounds can  Read more...

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In the post-World War II era, Jews, many of them the children of immigrants, moved into a prominent place in the production of the nation's popular culture and sought to make sense of their Read more...

 
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