Stations of the Cross-PB

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Juni 2000



Analysis of the nationally broadcast radio program "Focus on the Family" that argues that the Christian right's popularity stems from its resistance to the increasing influence of market forces in the welfare state, the electoral system, and the


Acknowledgements; Introduction Adorno on mass culture and cultural criticism Adorno's critique of Christian Right Radio in the New Deal era Christian professionals and the fraying fabric of health and human services Christian politicians and the decline of democratic accountability Christian victims in the backlash society Negative dialectics and political practice Appendix A: Complete listing of Focus on the Family broadcasts selected for research Appendix B Itinerary for research visit to Colorado Springs, 21-25 February 1996 Notes; Bibliography; Index


Paul Apostolidis is Assistant Professor of Politics at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.


"Paul Apostolidis's excellent study Stations of the Cross: Adorno and Christian Right Radio provides one of the sharpest analyses yet to appear of the Christian right and its media politics. The book is also an important contribution to critical theory, applying and reconstructing T. W. Adorno's approach to cultural criticism. Focusing on James Dobson's Focus on the Family, Apostolidis skillfully dissects the program's messages, politics, and effects, producing a first - rate study of contemporary conservative religious culture." - Douglas Kellner, UCLA "Apostolidis's application of dialectical criticism to the evangelical radio program Focus on the Family is theoretically innovative and politically daring. Reading Christian conservatism as cultural critique, he discerns in its narrative structures the same utopian desire for ethical autonomy that animates 'left' criticisms of our post - Fordist social order. No apologist for the New Right but a democratic provocateur, Apostolidis challenges progressives to set aside their secular disdain for evangelicalism and consider how its powerful cultural idiom might provide intellectual and political radicalism with a new voice." - Lisa Disch, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
EAN: 9780822325413
ISBN: 0822325411
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2000
Seitenanzahl: 288 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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