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08/08/2010

Duration:
55 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 08 August 2010

Eminent sociologist Amitai Etzioni, says if our modern consumer society is the problem, then the answer is a ‘communitarian’ approach. But can this really work?

Getting beyond the individual is also what Nigerian novelist Teju Cole explores. In his case it’s not people around him, it’s communing with the past inhabitants of cities.

And from individual to common ownership in music: should songs belong to everyone? German musicologist Dr Daniel Müllensiefen dissects musical plagiarism.

Illustration by Graeme Davis.

Chapters

4 items
  • Amitai Etzioni

    Amitai Etzioni

    World famous sociologist Amitai Etzioni offers us a compelling alternative to the greed and obsessive consumerism of our age, which he says caused the current economic crisis

  • Teju Cole

    Teju Cole

    Teju Cole on going beyond the personal and the present, to experience a city through the lives of its past inhabitants.

  • Dr Daniel Müllensiefen

    Dr Daniel Müllensiefen

    The German musicologist Dr Daniel Müllensiefen on the rights and wrongs of musical plagiarism.

  • SIXTY SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD

    SIXTY SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD

    Our Sixty Second Idea to Save the World is delivered this week by German musicologist Daniel Müllensiefen who thinks we should limit the human mating season to two months per year.

  • IN NEXT WEEK'S PROGRAMME

    In Next Week’s Programme – The celebrated South African animation artist William Kentridge on how his work reflects the decay and rebirth of his native land …
    And that ever fascinating subject - the role of digital media in personal relationships.

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