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Reflections on a politically skeptical era

Author: Dennis H Wrong
Publisher: London : Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2017.
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"All of the essays included in the present volume were written between 1995 and 2001. This attests to the timeliness and relevance of Dennis H. Wrong's writings. He notes that the mid-twentieth-century disposition to believe that politics fundamentally consisted of clashes between totalistic worldviews, such as communism, socialism, capitalism, fascism, nationalism, internationalism, and a cluster of "isms," may  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dennis H Wrong
ISBN: 9781351323482 1351323482 9781351323468 1351323466 9781351323475 1351323474
OCLC Number: 1004108514
Notes: "First published 2003 by Transaction Publishers."-- Title page verso.
Description: 1 online resource : text file, PDF
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part 1Capitalism: Inequalities and Alternatives; 1. Reflections on the Death of Socialism: Changing Perceptions of the State/Society Line; 2. Is Capitalism Eternal?; 3. Inequality and the Division of Labor: The Davis-Moore Theory Reexamined; 4. Economy and Society: The Future; 5. What is Left of the Left?; Part 2: Multiculturalism and Identity Politics; 6. Adversarial Identities and Multiculturalism; 7. Diversity: Catchword and Reality 8. Conscience and Culture: The "Moral Sense"and Cultural RelativismPart 3: Communitarianism; 9. Communitarianism, Human Nature, and the Spirit of the Times; 10. The Apolitics of Community (in an Era without Politics); 11. Putting Putnam's Thesis in its Place; Part 4: Theory and Theorists; 12. What Happens but Once Might as Well not Have Happened at All: The Limits of Social Theory; 13. The Postmodernist Shuffle; 14. Raymond Aron; 15. C.Wright Mills Recalled; 16. Digby Baltzell; 17. Etzioni, Socio-Economics, and Human Nature; Part 5: Autobiographical Reminiscences 18. A Racial Incident Long Ago19. Remembering the Rosenbergs and McCarthyism; 20. Fated to be a Professor?; Index
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"All of the essays included in the present volume were written between 1995 and 2001. This attests to the timeliness and relevance of Dennis H. Wrong's writings. He notes that the mid-twentieth-century disposition to believe that politics fundamentally consisted of clashes between totalistic worldviews, such as communism, socialism, capitalism, fascism, nationalism, internationalism, and a cluster of "isms," may have been historically transitional. But politics now appears more nuanced, if no less troubled, following the collapse of the Soviet bloc between 1989 and 1991. Multiculturalism and identity politics, as well as communitarianism flourished in the 1990s. The volume is divided into five parts: "Capitalism--Inequalities and Alternatives," "Multiculturalism and Identity Politics," "Communitarianism," "Theory and Theorists," and "Autobiographical Reminiscences." This concluding part indicates how Wrong's work includes self-reflections as well as reflections--an examination of how figures such as C. Wright Mills and Raymond Aron, Amitai Etzioni, and Digby Baltzell, played a role in shaping his own thought, and how these changed over the course of the past century. This is the third collection of the essays and articles of Dennis H. Wrong published by Transaction. As was the case with his earlier volumes, Reflections on a Politically Skeptical Era is characterized by a deep attention to the actual social history of our times, and how this plays out in academic pursuits--especially within sociology. Whether the works were published in academic journals or more popular media, they reflect a quality of literary manners that is rare among social science writings, but a reflection that never sacrifices a sense of principle and probity in the process."--Provided by publisher.

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