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The most "Cowenian" of any of Tyler's books. Everything Tyler writes is true and important. Sadly, no matter how strong this book is, the thesis will go over the head of most cultural critics filled wth shallow, non-rigours and fiercely anti-market views.
plowing through the first chapter. Jeepers Creepers, 20 pages of "I statements" to define where he plans on taking the rest of this. One such statement did prick my attention: Mr. Cowen is going to treat 'cuisine' as something completely separate from family/domestic life. As if cuisine is not food. Looking forward to seeing if he can pull it off.The copy that I bought used is inscribed "To Michael, from a very big fan of what you are doing-- Tyler Cowen, love to know who Michael is and what he'...
Построенное на примерах обсуждение того, как глобализация делает страны все более похожими друг на друга, а жизненные пути людей все более разнообразными и менее похожими.
Loved it. He applies some powerful ideas to explain various aspects of culture. Preserving "diversity" across societies and over time requires denying cultural choice to consumers in certain geographies and demographics. Often this is prescribed by a European cultural elite and it takes the form of anti-globalism or anti-Americanism.
By trading cultures, each region increases its diversity, but the world as a whole becomes more homogeneous. That's the core here. He backs that idea up with countless examples which should be fun to bring up in future conversations. He talks about how many primitive, tribal cultures only really developed once they encountered the outside world (like how steel drum bands wouldn't exist without the oil industry) and also how isolation can breed creativity. It's obvious the idea of trading culture...
A balanced and insightful book. While Cowen does concede that Globalization isn't entirely good for the arts, he does show pretty conclusively that it is an overwhelmingly positive development for the arts. Globalization does change the way art and artists interact with customers and the market and Cowen looks pretty closely at how this impacts art and culture. Cowen isn't a prose stylist, but he writes clearly and cleanly. If you have any interest in how markets shape art and culture, you can l...
interesting ! cultures are not absolutes in themselves and have evolved over a period of time. they are not absolutes.Hence, no point in trying to preserve something for the sake of it - what you're trying to protect is itself evolved.
A good book describing the evolution of culture/arts and the interplay between different cultures.
I felt like the arguments in this book, while interesting, weren't very clear, which made it hard to follow.
Anyone interested in how globalization impacts culture should read this book. Cowen presents a convincing argument that trade helps culture far more than it hurts.