Democratic Vistas: Reflections on the Life of American Democracy

Democratic Vistas: Reflections on the Life of American Democracy

by Jedediah Purdy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300102569

ISBN-13: 9780300102567

Pub. Date: 06/28/2004

Publisher: Yale University Press

In this thought-provoking collection, leading scholars explore democracy in the United States from a sweeping variety of perspectives. A dozen contributors consider the nature and prospects of democracy as it relates to the American experience-free markets, religion, family life, the Cold War, higher education, and more. These probing essays bring American democracy

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In this thought-provoking collection, leading scholars explore democracy in the United States from a sweeping variety of perspectives. A dozen contributors consider the nature and prospects of democracy as it relates to the American experience-free markets, religion, family life, the Cold War, higher education, and more. These probing essays bring American democracy into fresh focus, complete with its idealism, its moral greatness, its disappointments, and its contradictions.Based on DeVane lectures delivered at Yale University, these writings examine large themes and ask important questions: Why do democratic societies, and the U.S. in particular, tolerate profound economic inequality? Has the United States ever been truly democratic? How has democratic aspiration influenced the development of practices as diverse as education, religious worship, and family life? With deep insights and lively discussion, the authors expand our understanding of what democracy has meant in the past, how it functions now, and what its course may be in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300102567
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction Jedediah Purdy....................1
1. The Democratic Soul Anthony T. Kronman....................16
2. Lincoln and Whitman as Representative Americans David Bromwich....................36
3. Public Emblem, Private Realm: Family and Polity in the United States Nancy F. Cott....................53
4. Can Religion Tolerate Democracy? (And Vice Versa?) Stephen L. Carter....................67
5. Taking Democracy to School Richard H. Brodhead....................99
6. The Misuse of Numbers: Audits, Quantification, and the Obfuscation of Politics James C. Scott, with Matthew A. Light....................115
7. Neither Capitalist nor American: The Democracy as Social Movement Michael Denning....................138
8. Democracy and the Market Richard C. Levin....................154
9. Democracy and Distribution Ian Shapiro....................173
10. Democracy and Foreign Policy John Lewis Gaddis....................205
11. Dinner with Democracy Cynthia Farrar....................222
12. American Democracy and the Origins of the Biomedical Revolution Joan A. Steitz....................236
13. Computers and Democracy David Gelernter....................258
List of Contributors....................273
Index....................275

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