Laurie Taylor hears what freedom means to Americans and finds that democracy is not the first thing that leaps to their minds.
Orlando Patterson, Professor of Sociology, Harvard, explains how American ideas of what it means to be free have changed and developed since the time of the Founding Fathers. Most of the Founding Fathers, or Confounding Fathers as Professor Patterson likes to call them, were slave owners and today the iconic Statue of Liberty stands for the country with the highest rate of incarceration in the world.
Laurie also considers the difficulties of shaking off national stereotypes. He’ll be exploring how stereotypes are formed, and why, with Dr Akane Kawakami, Lecturer in French Studies, Warwick University and the cultural commentator and critic, Christopher Cook, lecturer in Iconography at the University of Syracuse.
Author of, among others, Freedom Vol 1: Freedom in the Making of Western Culture.
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