Individualism in the United States: A Transformation in American Political Thought

Individualism in the United States: A Transformation in American Political Thought

by Stephanie M. Walls

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Individualism in the United States: A Transformation in American Political Thought by Stephanie M. Walls

Of the many ideas that inspired and shaped the American Founding Fathers' thought, individualism and a commitment to individual rights were primary among them. The American emphasis on the individual in politics and society and the protection he receives in the US Constitution established the United States as an ideological trailblazer in this regard. However the individualism that inspired the Founders, has transformed over time to reflect the changing economic and social landscape in the United States.

Individualism in the United States provides a comprehensive introduction to the idea of individualism in American political development, and a well-grounded argument about the social and political implications of our current understanding of this alleged ideal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623566715
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/26/2015
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Stephanie M. Walls is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Bowling Green State University, Firelands College, USA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Part One: The Background
Chapter One - Introduction to Individualism
Chapter Two - Foundational Individualism
Chapter Three - The Individual in Colonial America
Part Two: The Ideals
Chapter Four - Political Individualism: Individualism during the Founding Era
Chapter Five - Economic Individualism: Individualism and the Industrial Revolution
Chapter Six - Social Individualism: Individualism as a Paradox
Part Three: The Implications
Chapter Seven - Individualism Today
Chapter Eight - Reconstructing Individualism
Bibliography
Index

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