American Political Cultures

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byRichard J. Ellis

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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 workanthropologist 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.

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Few observers of American political culture have failed to comment on the individualistic character of the American people. Most truisms are not without validity, and this one is no exception. As a starting point the proposition may be satisfactory, but as a conclusion this pat formula disguises far more than it reveals about American ...

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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 workanthropologist Mary Douglas, Richard Ellis demon...

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Few observers of American political culture have failed to comment on the individualistic character of the American people. Most truisms are not without validity, and this one is no exception. As a starting point the proposition may be satisfactory, but as a conclusion this pat formula disguises far more than it reveals about American ...

Richard J. Ellis is at Willamette University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 5.98 × 9.25 × 0.79 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195111389

ISBN - 13:9780195111385

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Few observers of American political culture have failed to comment on the individualistic character of the American people. Most truisms are not without validity, and this one is no exception. As a starting point the proposition may be satisfactory, but as a conclusion this pat formula disguises far more than it reveals about American political values and social relations.

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"Ellis has produced a work that is wide-ranging, stimulating and invites us to see American political debate in a new perspective."--Political Studies