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As if a veil of fog is being drawn away and we perceive for the first time a clear, striking view of the landscape through which we walk -- a view, both frightening and hopeful -- that is the impression gained when reading Dr. Hutcheon's book.

The most outstanding aspects of the author's work are its clarity and its courage, together with an astonishing amount of knowledge and insight into the development of character, both in young children from the first day onward, and through a person's entire lifetime. The importance of character and culture for the functioning of our species within an ever larger and more complex web of interrelations is undeniable. Unless haphazard approaches and aggressive and ego-centred role models are discarded in exchange for conscientious selection of methods that take consequences into account, little hope for the future exists.

Thoughtful readers will agree that the book belongs in the hands of every parent, of every teacher, and of everyone concerned with the future of civilization. -- Erika Erdmann, Publisher and Editor, Humankind Advancing

Hutcheon is particularly adept at showing the multiple sides of complex phenomena....[especially the role of] socialization in shaping society. -- The Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2000

About the Author

PAT DUFFY HUTCHEON is a writer, sociologist, and educator with broad experience both in teaching at all levels of the public school and university system, and in policy-oriented research. Now retired, she taught courses in the sociology of education and early-childhood education at the University of Regina and the University of British Columbia, as well as serving as a research advisor to the Health Promotion Branch of the Canadian Department of Health and Welfare and as a director of the Vanier Institute of the Family. Among her earlier publications are "A Sociology of Canadian Education" and "Leaving the Cave: Evolutionary Naturalism in Social-Scientific Thought."

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; annotated edition edition (February 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275964698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275964696
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,880,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
On the eve of the millenium Hutcheon, a sociologist, observes that this is a troubling time in industrial nations worldwide; that they are in a destructive downward spiral; and that this is contributing to a crisis of character. This book provides an interdisciplinary overview of the human socialization process based upon social-scientific evidence. The unifying conceptual framework should enable us to identify the directions for change and to attempt a workable step-by-step plan for reform
Hutcheon begins by examining the power of culture - a world of images and artifacts, of ideas and customs, of shared memories and of visions projected into the future. The result is a people-created environment that is self-generating but that interacts with the outside environment in a constant feedback process. Institutions are built upon the needs of individuals and of groups and form the infrastructure of culture. Institutional functions include the family, methods for acquiring and defending territory, organizations for making and administering policy decisions, systems for producing and distributing resources, and formal means for socializing the young, to mention a few.
Where does character come from? Socialization, Hutcheon argues, begins early in life and is the one factor amenable to human interaction. Social entities (family, mass media, peer group, school, place of worship and other community organizations) determine the context in which the young learn and the habits, ideals, beliefs and values they acquire. Several chapters explore influential cultures that envelop out lives: violence,poverty and affluence, pluralism, tribalism and fantasy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Pat Duffy Hutcheon's newest book, Building Character and Culture, offers a powerful reinterpretation of modern cultural values. This is groundbreaking work, which skilfully and sensitively addresses a range of issues and problems in modern western society, and which offers a rational and eminently sensible framework for dealing with these concerns.
Basing her work on sociological principles, Hutcheon offers a convincing thesis that culture, and the values of that culture, are fundamental to an understanding of the human condition. Her examination of genes and memes is particularly thought-provoking, and establishes a context for the significant issues which are subsequently addressed.
Throughout the book, there is a strong emphasis on socialisation, and on the formal and informal learning and development of children and adolescents. This would be of particular interest to teachers and parents, and of great importance to those working in faculties of education which are preparing the teachers of the future.
A few chapters merit particular attention.
The chapter entitled "The Culture of Violence: Creating the Monsters among Us" should be required reading for all those involved in public policy making. Clear evidence is provided (and this is substantiated in an important appendix by a very impressive annotated bibiography)that children raised, and socialised, in a culture of violence cannot escape unscathed. Those of us horrified by the recent school violence in America, including the incident in Denver, will not in a hurry forget the insights into these phenomena provided by Hutcheon.
I have some reservations about Hutcheon's analysis of the role of government in modern society.
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By A Customer on April 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This timely book urgently reminds us of our personal and collective responsibility for the culture of which we are all an integral part and for the manner in which it continues to evolve. Pat Duffy Hutcheon articulates the ongoing interaction and reciprocal stimulation between genetic evolution and cultural development; between genes and memes.
As in her previous book "Leaving the Cave" she stresses the imperative of applying sound scientific principles more effectively and consistently to the social sciences, in particular to her own field of sociology.
In her latest book Duffy Hutcheon provides a thorough, thoughtful and well-researched overview of the nature of human socialization and argues persuasively for reasoned, informed and compassionate intervention to alleviate the profound problems in contemporary culture that have resulted from our inadequate understanding of our culture-building propensities.
"Building Character and Culture" starts with an overview of the broader culture and its inevitable influence on human character development and an elaboration on what distinguishes us from the other animals as well as what we have in common with them. It notes the importance of the development of language and the uniquely human capacity for introspection flowing from this and precipitating our search for meaning and purpose.
This is followed by a discussion of the social entities, such as family, schools and mass media that determine the context within which we learn as well as the values we acquire. Children learn as a result of natural curiosity, imagination, creativity and socialization and develop character from the values imparted to them.
The important point here is that we are not impotent in changing ourselves for the better.
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