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Evaluating Culture

Well-Being, Institutions and Circumstance

Authors: Johnson, M.

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From which evaluative base should we develop policies designed to promote wellbeing among different cultural groups in varying circumstances? This book engages with needs and capabilities to advance normative functionalist assessment of the success with which cultural institutions promote eudaemonic wellbeing in given, determinate circumstances.

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Matthew Johnson is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of York, UK working in political philosophy on issues of cultural diversity and human wellbeing, specifically with regard to physically invasive practices. He has written on such topics as contemporary Marxism, circumcision, and the thought of John Gray, and has previously taught at Newcastle University, the University of Queensland and the University of Iceland.

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Johnson's book is a challenging and highly controversial defence of cultural evaluation. Its philosophical range is exceptionally wide, while its political engagement is informed and sophisticated. Focusing on the case of Aboriginal Australians, Johnson shows both the need for cultural evaluation and the dangers of intervention. This is a book which will be read with profit by anyone working on the politics of cultural diversity.

Sue Mendus, Department of Politics, University of York, UK

This book is remarkable in its ambition. By suggesting an objective basis on which cultures might be evaluated, it seeks to advocate interventions that prevent serious damage to human well-being. This provocative and insightful argument will stimulate significant debate as we grapple with a rapidly globalising world in which different cultures become increasingly intertwined.

Shane O'Neill, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen's University Belfast, UK

Evaluating cultures is one of the most complex and controversial tasks of our age. In examining how we should tackle it, Matthew Johnson's ambitious and carefully crafted study provides answers that are unusually bold in content and wide-ranging in scope. His book is essential reading for all who have to grapple with the phenomenon of culture and its significance for human wellbeing.

Peter Jones, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, University of Newcastle, UK.


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evaluating Culture
Book Subtitle
Well-Being, Institutions and Circumstance
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31379-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137313799
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-29656-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33376-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 204
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