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The American civilizing process

Author: Stephen Mennell
Publisher: Cambridge : Polity Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : ReprintedView all editions and formats
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Since 9/11, the American government has presumed to speak and act in the name of 'civilization'. But isthat how the rest of the world sees it? And if not, why not? Stephen Mennell leads up to  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Mennell
ISBN: 9780745632087 0745632084 9780745632094 0745632092
OCLC Number: 610789963
Description: 388 Seiten : Illustrationen ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface. Prologue:. 1 'American Civilization'. The Founding Fathers as Philosophes. 'Progress' and 'American Civilization'. Fugitive government and 'American Civilization'. 'Human nature' and 'American Civilization'. European absolutism and 'American Civilization'. Conclusion. 2 'Fellow Americans' and Outsiders. Others: the Native Americans. Others: the Blacks. Others: the Europeans. Anti-Americanism: How the outsiders view the established. Conclusion. 3 American Manners under Scrutiny. American manners books. Americans observed. Technology, hygiene and deference. Victorianism. Informalization. Conclusion. 4 American Aristocracies. The colonial gentry. The South: American Junkers?. The North: Working upper classes. From cumulative to dispersed inequalities?. A significant absence: an aristocracy of office. Conclusion. 5 The Market Society. The constraints of the market. The constraints of organization. Conclusion. 6 Violence and Aggressiveness. Long-term trends in violence. Is America peculiarly violent?. Capital punishment. Conclusion. 7 And wilderness is paradise enow: From Settlements to Independence. Autarky, but not terra nullius. Population. Early phases of the American state formation process. Conclusion. 8 Westward Look the Land is Bright: From Frontier to Empire. Manifest destiny and latent dynamics: a necessary theoretical digression. The balance between the planned and the unplanned in US territorial expansion. 'Sovereignty' as a function of power ratios. The Frontier. Beyond manifest destiny: the beginnings of an American empire. Conclusion. 9 Integration Struggles. Urbanization and resentment of the city. Immigration. Growth of the means of ruling. The breakdown: the Civil War and its aftermath. A central ambivalence: the armed forces. Conclusion. 10 The Curse of the American Dream. Equality and inequality in America. The American welfare state. Social mobility in America. Conclusion: Upwards identification, not mutual identification?. 11 Involvement, Detachment and American Religiosity. Fantasy and the growth of knowledge. American religion in long-term perspective. Some explanations. Odd one out - Europe or the USA?. Conclusion. 12 America and Humanity as a Whole. 'American Social Character': Diminishing contrasts, increasing varieties. The problem of the American homo clausus: the We-I balance. Market fundamentalism and diminishing foresight. Functional de-democratization. The American Empire. Conclusion: path dependency in America and the world. Notes. Bibliography. Index
Responsibility: Stephen Mennell.

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