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Tocqueville between two worlds : the making of a political and theoretical life

Author: Sheldon S Wolin
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2001.
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"Alexis de Tocqueville may be the most influential political thinker in American history. He also led an unusually active and ambitious career in French politics. In this book, one of America's most important contemporary theorists draws on decades of research and thought to present the first work that fully connects to Tocqueville's political and theoretical lives. In doing so, Sheldon Wolin presents sweeping new  Read more...
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Named Person: Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sheldon S Wolin
ISBN: 0691074364 9780691074368 0691114544 9780691114545
OCLC Number: 45320759
Awards: Runner-up for AAP/Professional and Scholarly Publishing Awards: Government and Political Science 2001.
Description: viii, 650 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The abundance of power. Modern theory and modern power ; Theoria: the theoretical journey. --
pt. 2. Encountering the amazing. Discovering democracy ; Self and structure ; Doubt and disconnection ; " ... The theory of what is great" ; Myth and political impressionism ; The spectacle of America. --
pt. 3. The theoretical encapsulation of America. Social contract versus political culture ; The culture of the political: "the rituals of practice" ; Feudal America ; Majority rule or majority politics ; Centralization and dissolution ; The image of democracy. --
pt. 4. Persona and the politics of theory. Tragic hero, popular mask ; The democratization of culture ; Despotism and utopia ; Old new world, new old world ; Tocquevillean democracy ; The penitentiary temptation. --
pt. 5. Second journey to America. The political education of the bourgeoisie ; Souvenirs: recollections of in/tranquility ; Souvenirs: socialism and the crisis of the political ; The old regime and the revolution: mythistoricus et theoreticus ; The old regime: modernization and the politics of loss ; Postdemocracy.
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