American Social and Political Thought: A Reader

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Andreas Hess
NYU Press, 2003 - Political Science - 480 pages

This reader provides substantial extracts from the core texts in the field of American social and political thought. It demonstrates the rich intellectual tradition of the United States, giving an unparalleled understanding of American society and politics through the reproduction of key writings from a wide variety of thinkers.
The first part covers the core traditions of American social and political thought—American Exceptionalism, Political Theology, Republicanism, Liberalism, and Pragmatism. In the second part, texts have been selected to demonstrate the ways in which these traditions have been applied to a broad range of issues and conditions.
Exceptionally well-written and jargon-free, with helpful introductions and selections from Frederick Jackson Turner, Max Weber, Michael Sandel, John Rawls, C. Wright Mills, Sheldon Wolin, Judith N. Shklar, bell hooks, Michael Walzer and Richard Rorty, among others, American Social and Political Thought will be the core text in the field.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Richard Hofstadter
9
Exceptionalism
15
Thomas Paine
29
Political Theology
45
The Age of Reason
61
Perry Miller
74
Will Herberg
89
John Rawls
287
Michael Walzer
297
Ronald Dworkin
303
Pluralism and Multiculturalism
311
Charles Taylor
320
Michael Walzer
326
K Anthony Appiah
332
bell hooks
346

Joyce Appleby
113
James Madison Alexander Hamilton John
126
Benjamin Barber
141
Louis Hartz
155
Political Liberalism
171
The Liberalism of Fear
179
Pragmatism
199
The Power Elite
215
MODERN
235
Robert Bellah et
238
Robert A Dahl
250
Benjamin Barber
263
Sheldon S Wolin
281
Civil Society Social Theory and
353
Jeffrey C Isaac
362
Jeffrey C Goldfarb
368
Jean Bethke Elshtain
374
Mary P Ryan
389
Jeffrey C Alexander
396
Nancy L Rosenblum
412
Richard Sennett
422
Albert O Hirschman
442
Mariners Renegades and Castaways
455
List of Authors
463
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Andreas Hess is a lecturer in Sociology at University College Dublin. He is the author of American Social and Political Thought: An Introduction (2000), and Concepts of Social Stratification (2001).

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