American Political Cultures

American Political Cultures

eBook - 1993
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Oxford University Press
This work challenges the thesis first formulated by de Tocqueville and later systematically developed by Louis Hartz, that American political culture is characterized by a consensus on liberal capitalist values. Ranging over three hundred years of history and drawing upon the seminal work anthropologist Mary Douglas, Richard Ellis demonstrates that American history is best understood as a contest between five rival political cultures: egalitarian community, competitive individualism, hierarchical collectivism, atomized fatalism, and autonomous hermitude.


Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1993
ISBN: 9781429401173
1429401176
9780195079005
0195079000
0195111389
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 251 pages)

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