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Alexis de Tocqueville on democracy, revolution, and society : selected writings

Author: Alexis de Tocqueville; John Stone; Stephen Mennell
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1980.
Series: Heritage of sociology.
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The nineteenth-century French writer examines the development of democratic government in the United States and the state of political and social life.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexis de Tocqueville; John Stone; Stephen Mennell
ISBN: 0226805263 9780226805269 0226805271 9780226805276
OCLC Number: 5410827
Description: x, 391 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. The Social Origins of Democracy --
The Democratic Character of Anglo-American Society --
The American System of Townships --
Political Effects of Administrative Decentralization in the United Stares --
The Distinctiveness of the American Federal Constitution --
The Relative Importance of Manners, Laws, and Physical Characteristics in the Maintenance of Democracy --
2. The Political Structure of Democracy --
Political Activity in America --
Political Associations in the United States --
The Role of Secondary Institutions --
Freedom of the Press --
Political Functions of the Jury System --
Political Functions of Religion --
Political Functions of Education --
The Tyranny of the Majority --
3. Social Relations under Democracy --
The Softening of Manners as Social Conditions Become More Equal --
How Democracy Makes Social Encounters among the Americans Simple and Easy --
How Equality Divides the Americans into Numerous Small Social Circles --
Associations in American Civil Life --
How Democracy Affects the Relations of Masters and Servants --
Democracy and the Equality of the Sexes --
War and Democratic Armies --
4. The Cultural Consequences of Democracy --
Philosophical Method among the Americans --
The Principal Source of Belief among Democratic Nations --
Why the American Are More Addicted to Practical Than to Theoretical Science --
The Spirit in Which the Americans Cultivate the Arts --
Literary Characteristics of Democratic Ages --
The Trade of Literature --
The Effect of Democracy on Language --
Characteristics of Historians in Democratic Ages --
5. The Ancien Regime and the Origins of the French Revolution --
The Nature of the Problem --
How, Though Its Objectives Were Political, the French Revolution Followed the Lines of a Religious Revolution, and Why This Was So --
What Did the French Revolution Accomplish? --
Why Feudalism Had Come to Be More Detested in France Than in Any Other Country --
Administrative Centralization under the Ancien Regime --
How Paternal Government, as It Is Called Today, Had Been Practiced under the Ancien Regime --
How in France, More Than in Any Other European Country, the Provinces Had Come under the Domination of the Capital City --
How France Had Become the Country in Which Men Were Most Like Each Other --
How, Though in Many Respects so Similar, the French Were Split Up into Small, Isolated, Self-regarding Groups --
How the Lot of the French Peasant Was Sometimes Worse in the Eighteenth Century Than It Had Been in the Thirteenth --
6. The Dynamics of Revolution --
How, Around the Middle of the Eighteenth Century, Men of Letter Took the Lead in Politics --
How the Desire for Reforms Took Precedence over the Desire for Freedom --
How Prosperity Hastened the Outbreak of the Revolution --
How the Spirit of Revolt was Promoted by Well-intentioned Efforts to Improve the People's Lot --
How, Given These Facts, the Revolution Was a Foregone Conclusion --
From the Revolution to Napoleon 7. The Revolution of 1848 and Its Aftermath --
The July Monarchy: Triumph of the Bourgeoisie --
The End of the July Monarchy --
Causes of the February Revolution --
The Class Character of Revolutions --
Blunders of the Revolutionaries --
Louis Napoleon's Coup of 2 December 1851 --
8. Social Control: Individualism, Alienation, and Deviance --
Social Control under the Ancien Regime --
Social Control in the New England Townships --
Respect for Law in the United States --
Anomie in France on the Eve of the Revolution --
Individualism in Democratic Countries --
That Aristocracy May Be Engendered by Industry --
A Manufacturing City Manchester --
Social Conditions in Ireland --
Prisons: A Gresham's Law of Crime --
The Effects of Solitary Confinement --
The Rehabilitation of Prisoners --
The Effects of Degrading Punishments --
How Much Crime Is There? --
Criminal Statistics: Problems of International Comparison --
9. Race Relations, Slavery and Colonialism --
Tocqueville versus Gobineau --
Ethnic Stratification in Ireland --
Race Relations in America --
The American Indians --
Blacks in America --
Slavery in the French Colonies --
Colonialism in Algeria --
10. Tocqueville's Prophecy: Centralization, Equality, and the Problem of Liberty --
Future Prospects of the United States --
Why Democratic Nations Show a More Enduring Love of Equality Than of Liberty --
Why Great Revolutions Will Become More Rare --
The Tendency towards Political Centralization --
Democratic Despotism --
Freedom: A Statement of Faith
Series Title: Heritage of sociology.
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: edited and with an introd. by John Stone and Stephen Mennell.

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