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America after Tocqueville: Democracy against Difference
     

America after Tocqueville: Democracy against Difference

by Harvey Mitchell
 

ISBN-10: 0521812461

ISBN-13: 9780521812467

Pub. Date: 10/01/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Mitchell's new study uses Tocqueville's Democracy in America to study the condition of democracy in the United States in our own time. First, he addresses tensions in the United States between ideas of equality and the American political system. He then turns to the relationship between this system and American capitalism, and analyzes inclusion and exclusion in

Overview

Mitchell's new study uses Tocqueville's Democracy in America to study the condition of democracy in the United States in our own time. First, he addresses tensions in the United States between ideas of equality and the American political system. He then turns to the relationship between this system and American capitalism, and analyzes inclusion and exclusion in American life. Finally, he asks whether Americans have surrendered to what Tocqueville called the materialization of life, and have abandoned their original quest and become radically alienated from politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521812467
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile:
1600L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

References to Tocqueville's Democracy in America; Preface; Part I. Paths to Democracy in America: 1. Introduction: thinking about American democracy; 2. Democracy's experiment: from inequality to equality; 3. Achieving a democratic civil society; Part II. Beginnings and Democracy: 4. Beginnings and history: red and white in Tocqueville's America; 5. The New England township before the revolution: Tocqueville's American pastoral; 6. A second beginning: black and white in Tocqueville's America; Part III. American Democracy On Trial: 7. Difference, race, and color in America; 8. Maintaining American democracy; 9. The state, authority, and the people; 10. Conclusion; Works cited; Index.

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