The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual

 

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The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual


by Eric Lott (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9780465041862

 

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An award-winning scholar challenges the intellectuals of the baby boom generation to shake off a decade's worth of complacency and reclaim the mantle of social justice


What ever happened with that liberal intellectual "boom" of the 1980s and 1990s? In The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual, Eric Lott--author of the prizewinning Love and Theft--shows that the charter members of the "new left" are suffering from a condition that he has dubbed "boomeritis." Too secure in their university appointments, lecture tours, and book deals, the once rising stars of the liberal elite--including Richard Rorty, Todd Gitlin, Michael Lind, Paul Berman, Greil Marcus, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.--have drifted away from their radical moorings toward the political center. At once a chronicle of recent intellectual life and a polemic against contemporary liberalism's accommodations of the conservative status quo, The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual eviscerates the complacency that has seeped into the politics of the would-be vanguard of American intellectual thought. Lott issues a wake-up call to the great public intellectuals of our day and challenges them to reinvigorate political debate on campus, in their writing, and on the airwaves.


 

ISBN 465041868
ISBN13 9780465041862
Publisher Basic Books
Format Hardback
Publication date 03/08/2006
Pages 272
Weight (grammes) 519
Published in United States
Height (mm) 235
Width (mm) 156