Intellectuals in Liberal Democracies: Political Influence and Social Involvement

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Most studies on the relationship between intellectuals and society take either a Marxist approach—that intellectuals speak for individual class interests—or claim that intellectuals are beyond class. This book is the first to offer a balanced assessment of the influence intellectuals have had on the historical development of their respective societies by analyzing their shifting ties to various calsses and social groups. Taking a comparative, historical approach, Intellectuals in Liberal Democracies covers ...

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Overview

Most studies on the relationship between intellectuals and society take either a Marxist approach—that intellectuals speak for individual class interests—or claim that intellectuals are beyond class. This book is the first to offer a balanced assessment of the influence intellectuals have had on the historical development of their respective societies by analyzing their shifting ties to various calsses and social groups. Taking a comparative, historical approach, Intellectuals in Liberal Democracies covers Britain, Canada, France, Israel, Italy, the U.S., and West Germany.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275924621
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/22/1987
  • Pages: 252
  • Lexile: 1540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

ALAIN G. GAGNON is an Assistant Professor at Carleton University.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

The Role of Intellectuals in Liberal Democracies: Political Influence and Social Involvement by Alain G. Gagnon

Case Studies

Social Scientists and Politics in Canada by Stephen Brooks and Alain G. Gagnon

The Decline of the Left Intellectual in Modern France by George Ross

Intellectuals: Producers and consumers of Social Criticism by Paul Hollander

Intellectuals and the Construction of Consensus in Post-War England by Alan Swingewood

Intellectuals and the Transformation of Political Culture in Post-War Italy by Carl Boggs

The Intellectual in Mandarin Country: The West German Case by Hauke Brunkhorst

Intellectuals and the Open Society in Israel by Michael Keren

Perspectives for Comparative Analysis

Intellectuals and Political Elites by S.N. Eisenstadt

The Influence of Intellectuals on the Production of culture in France and the United States since World War II by Michele Lamont

Jewish Intellectuals in Liberal Democracies by William D. Rubinstein

The Political Sociology of Intellectuals: A Critique and a Proposal by Robert J. Brym

Bibliography

Index

About the Contributors

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