The American Civilizing Process
By (author) Stephen Mennell
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American Civilizing Process by Stephen Mennell
Book DescriptionSince 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 such contemporary questions through a careful study of the whole span of American development, from the first settlers to the American Empire. He takes a novel approach, analysing the USA's experience in the light of Norbert Elias's theory of civilizing (and decivilizing) processes. Drawing comparisons between the USA and other countries of the world, the topics discussed include: American manners and lifestyles Violence in American society The impact of markets on American social character American expansion, from the frontier to empire The 'curse of the American Dream' and increasing inequality The religiosity of American life Mennell shows how the long-term experience of Americans has been of growing more and more powerful in relation to their neighbours. This has had all-pervasive effects on the way they see themselves, their perception of the rest of the world, and how the rest of the world sees them. Mennell's compelling and provocative account will appeal to anyone concerned about America's role in the world today, including students and scholars of American politics and society.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745632087
(238mm x 156mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stephen Mennell
Norbert Elias and Figurational Research, Paperback (July 2011)
Norbert Elias has been increasingly recognised as one of the most important sociologists of the twentieth century and, moreover, one whose writings retain their significance and relevance for the twenty-first century. This monograph provides a unique perspective on Elias's thought.
American Civilizing Process, Paperback (August 2007)
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 such contemporary questions through a careful study of the whole span of American development, from the first settlers to the American Empire.
Norbert Elias, Paperback (September 1998)
Gives an introduction to Norbert Elias' work that is not part of the "Collected Works of Norbert Elias".
On Civilization, Power and Knowledge, Paperback (February 1998)» View all books by Stephen Mennell
Norbert Elias has been described as among the great sociologists of the 20th century. A collection of his most important writings, this book sets out Elias' thinking during the course of his long career, with a discussion of how his work relates to that of other sociologists.
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Author Biography - Stephen Mennell
Stephen Mennell is Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin.
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