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ISBN: 1840466286
Author: Stuart Sim
Language: English
Publisher: Totem Books (January 10, 2001)
Pages: 256
Category: Politics & Government
Subcategory: Politics
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Sim provides a comprehensive view of fundamentalism According to Sim, there are those among us who are striving to make this a new dark age of dogma, in which everyone has to stick to the script and submit to a higher.

Sim provides a comprehensive view of fundamentalism. Putting the most positive spin on it, fundamentalism is a desire for the retention of traditional values; for a tried and tested belief system in a period when belief systems seem to be crumbling all around. According to Sim, there are those among us who are striving to make this a new dark age of dogma, in which everyone has to stick to the script and submit to a higher authority.

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Fundamentalist World: The New Dark Age of Dogma, Cambridge: Icon Press, 2004. The Eighteenth-Century Novel and Contemporary Social Issues, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008

Fundamentalist World: The New Dark Age of Dogma, Cambridge: Icon Press, 2004. The Eighteenth-Century Novel and Contemporary Social Issues, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008. The End of Modernity: What the Financial & Environmental Crisis Is Really Telling Us, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010. Melancholy Experience in Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century: Before Depression 1660-1800, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011 (with Allan Ingram, Clark Lawlor, Richard Terry, John Baker and Leigh Wetherall-Dickson). Derrida and the End of History, Cambridge: Icon Press, 1999.

Stuart Sim is Professor of Critical Theory in the English department at the University of Sunderland

Stuart Sim is Professor of Critical Theory in the English department at the University of Sunderland. He is the author of for Icon, Lyotard and the Inhuman, Derrida and the End of History, Introducing Critical Theory (with Borin Van Loon), and Irony & Crisis: A Critical History of Postmodern Culture.

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Professor Stuart Sim. £. 9. Published by Icon Books Ltd. 10 January 2001. Whether it’s religious, political, imperialist, nationalist or even market fundamentalism, believe it: we live in an increasingly fundamentalist world. Other Titles of Interest. Fundamentalist World: The New Dark Age of Dogma. Professor Stuart Sim. Addicted to Profit: Reclaiming Our Lives from the Free Market. From the publisher: In what is both a critique and a manifesto for cultural.

All are products of a fundamentalist mentality, determined to crush all opposing ideas. Belief in these kinds of universal theories was, until recently, assumed to be in decline. Stuart Sim argues that this is far from true. No current Talk conversations about this book.

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Whether it's religious, political, imperialist, nationalist or even market fundamentalism, believe it: we live in an increasingly fundamentalist world

Whether it's religious, political, imperialist, nationalist or even market fundamentalism, believe it: we live in an increasingly fundamentalist world. About the Author: Stuart Sim is Professor of Critical Theory in the English department at the University of Sunderland.

9/11, suicide bombings in the Middle East, anti-abortion terrorism, the American militia movement, teaching creationism in schools, the collapse of the Argentinian economy, the rise of the far right in Europe, riots at Miss World: what ties these seemingly unrelated phenomena together? All are products of a fundamentalist mentality, determined to crush all opposing ideas. Belief in these kinds of universal theories was, until recently, assumed to be in decline. The author argues that this is far from true. History, power, security, control, fulfilment, purity, identity and self-definition are key themes of the curiously modern renaissance of fundamentalist thought. And fundamentalism is no fringe enthusiasm, but an increasingly mainstream and powerful influence. Whether it's religious, political, imperialist, nationalist or even market fundamentalism, believe it: we live in an increasingly fundamentalist world.

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Fundamentalist World – The New Dark Age of Dogma by Stuart Sim is an examination of fundamentalism in its many forms: religious, economic, political, etc. Fundamentalism is put under the microscope and dissected – distinguishing it many contradictions and their impact on society. Sim contends that fundamentalism is alive and well and actively seeking to influence the whole of society, even the world.

Sim provides a comprehensive view of fundamentalism. “Putting the most positive spin on it, fundamentalism is a desire for the retention of traditional values; for a tried and tested belief system in a period when belief systems seem to be crumbling all around. Order confronts anarchy for this constituency.” (Page 21) Fundamentalism is a historical phenomenon that is inexorable, unyielding, and incorrigible. It has great appeal for a certain section of the population with authoritarian tendencies; who desire simplicity over complexity and certainty over nuance. “What fundamentalism involves above all else is a desire for certainty and for the power to enforce that certainty over others. Fundamentalists like order, conformity, and the absence of opposition, and they are willing to do battle royal to achieve this state of affairs in their culture.” Sim calls them control freaks. (Page 29) We see these tendencies in such events as 9/11, suicide bombings in the Middle East, anti-abortion terrorism, the American militia movement, teaching creationism in schools, the rise of the far right in Europe,

So it is stated on the back cover: “history, power, security, control, fulfilment, purity, identity and self-definition are key themes of the curiously modern renaissance of fundamentalist thought. Fundamentalism is no fringe enthusiasm, but an increasingly mainstream and powerful influence. Whether it’s religious, political, imperialist, nationalist, or even market fundamentalism, we live in an increasingly fundamentalist world.” For instance, “globalization can be regarded as another form of fundamentalism in its own right. It’s sold to the general public, as Klein notes in No Logo, with quasi-religious zeal, as if it were the answer to all the planet’s social and political problems.” (Page 117) “Corporate fundamentalism contends that multi-national corporations have the right to monopolize the global economy, even to the extinct of dictating terms to national governments”, which is seen in so-called free-trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA. “The reality of the late twentieth-century world market is that it is ungovernable by either sovereign states or multi-national corporations.” (Page 123) According to Sim, “free market capitalism leads less to globalization than to a return to a Hobbesian state of nature.” (Page 129) “The presence of that invisible hand in the market is an article of faith to the market fundamentalist movement.” (Page 130) The market, like the Bible, is held to be inerrant – if it is allowed to go about its own business unchecked. Just as the Bible needs no interpretation, so the market needs no tinkering in its mechanisms. Humankind was made to carry out the dictates of God’s will, it was also made to abide by the will of the market.” (Page 133) “Like born again Christians, we are expected to construct a personal relationship with the market, whereby it directs our lives, ultimately leading us to the promised land of self-fulfillment." (Page 134)

In the final pages of the book, the author gives us some warnings that society, especially American society, is likely not to heed. Fundamentalism at its pinnacle leads to authoritarianism. Fundamentalism, in whatever form, denies that there are other valid viewpoints or systems of belief. Thus it is inconsistent with the precept of democracy. According to Sim, “there are those among us who are striving to make this a new dark age of dogma, in which everyone has to stick to the script and submit to a higher authority.” (Page 224) This is a sobering look at fundamentalism in its many ramifications and is recommended for anyone wanting to understand the many manifestations of fundamentalist attitude and behavior.
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Insightful and thoughtful, considers various aspects in which fundamentalism can be manipulated-whether it's religious, political or capitalist.. up-to-date, it can be used in the light of the recent terrorist attacks worldwide.

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