Crazy Culture: The Sins of Civilization
- Publish Date: 2011-11-17
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Peter Heinegg
Crazy Culture is a series of broadsides against many widely held misconceptions in both academe and the general public, who is often seen clustering under the politically correct banner of multiculturalism. Heinegg confronts the notion that all cultureespecially that of non-westerners and oppressed minoritiesis somehow good in itself and that outsiders have no right to criticize or condemn any cultures except their own. He also challenges the view that the term culture applies primarily to a handful of masterpieces, as opposed to the great bulk of artistic products and folkways, and that the proper attitude toward the vast spectrum of culture, past and present, is sentimental admiration. Surveying both the history and ideology of cultural realms such as our treatment of animals, religion, sexual norms, politics, economics, urban life, the arts, and athletics, Heinegg deftly identifies and explains ubiquitous traces of cultural sins by humanity.