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America after Tocqueville: Democracy against Difference (Hardback)
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America after Tocqueville: Democracy against Difference (Hardback)

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Hardback 338 Pages / Published: 16/09/2002
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America after Tocqueville complements Harvey Mitchell's previous book, Individual Choice and the Structures of History: Alexis de Tocqueville as Historian Reappraised (1996). This study draws on Democracy in America to study the condition of democracy in the United States in our own time. Three aspects of Americanism inform Harvey Mitchell's book, and cannot be separated from Tocqueville's consideration of the three races. First, he addresses tensions in the United States between ideas of equality and a political system that tries to keep it within bounds. He turns to the relationship between this system and the dynamics of American capitalism. and he analyses the criteria for inclusion and exclusion in American life. Overall, he asks if Americans have surrendered to what Tocqueville called the materialization of life; if that compromise means their abandonment of their original spiritual quest; and, if they are on the way to a radical alienation from politics.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521812467
Number of pages: 338
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'In this stimulating book Professor Mitchell takes as his starting point Tocqueville's view that American society combined democracy and modernity and his concern that of the three races that made up the U.S. in the 1830s - white, coloured and Indian - the latter two would not fit into his prediction for America's democratic future.' Contemporary Review
'The study is ... the product of a mature and wide-ranging mind ...' History of Political Thought
Harvey Mitchell's new book is a wide-ranging meditation on fundamental tensions in America: between its egalitarian principle and its political system, between its political system and its economic development, between its ideological commitment to inclusiveness and its enduring boundaries of exclusion. America after Tocqueville moves from an incisive historical analysis of Tocqueville's America to a magisterial exploration of current debates on democracy's prospects. The relevance of Tocqueville's classic commentary has never been more comprehensively argued." Seymour Drescher, University of Pittsburgh
"Mitchell uses Tocqueville's writings to delve into questions about equality and diversity in American democracy , which the author sees as continually balancing these two values.... This work examines important issues. Recommended." Choice

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