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Description - American Social and Political Thought by Dr. Andreas Hess

This is a concise but comprehensive introduction to modern American social and political thought. The author aims to demonstrate the rich intellectual tradition of the United Sates and to facilitate a better understanding of American society and politics through careful exploration of key social and political theories and theorists. The book is carefully structured to facilitate understanding of potentially challenging ideas. In the first half of the book the author focuses on introducing the core traditions of American social and political thought - exceptionalism, Protestantism, republicanism, liberalism and pragmatism. The second half of the book applies these traditions to a broad range of 20th century conditions and issues - power and democracy, justice and injustice, multiculturalism and pluralism, civil society, social theory and intellectuals. The works of some of the most influential figures in the field, such as the Tocqueville, Lipset, Arendt, Hartz, Pocock, Dewey, Moore, Rawls, Walzer, Rorty and Alexander, are drawn upon to illustrate the theories and issues being discussed. The unique combination of American social and political thought makes this an original book for a wide range of readers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748612284
ISBN-10: 0748612289
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 23mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Dr. Andreas Hess

Andreas Hess is a Lecturer in Sociology at University College Dublin. He is author of American Social and Political Thought: An Introduction (Edinburgh University Press, 2000), Concepts of Social Stratification: European and American Models (Palgrave, 2001) and Die Politische Soziologie C. Wright Mills (Leske + Budrich, 1995).

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