Feudal America: Elements Of The Middle Ages In Contemporary Society by Vladimir Shlapentokh

Feudal America: Elements Of The Middle Ages In Contemporary Society

byVladimir Shlapentokh, Joshua Woods

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Do Americans live in a liberal capitalist society, where evenhanded competition rules the day, or a society in which big money, private security, and personal relations determine key social outcomes? Vladimir Shlapentokh and Joshua Woods argue that the answer to these questions cannot be found among the conventional models used to describe the nation. Offering a new analytical tool, the authors present a provocative explanation of the nature of contemporary society by comparing its essential characteristics to those of medieval European societies.

Their feudal model emphasizes five elements: the weakness of the state and its inability to protect its territory, guarantee the security of its citizens, and enforce laws; conflicts and collusions between and within organizations that involve corruption and other forms of illegal or semilegal actions; the dominance of personal relations in political and economic life; the prevalence of an elitist ideology; and the use of private agents and organizations for the provision of safety and security. Feudal America urges readers to suspend their forward-thinking and futurist orientations, question linear notions of social and historical progression, and look for explanations of contemporary social problems in medieval European history.

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Vladimir Shlapentokh is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University.Joshua Woods is Assistant Professor, Division of Sociology and Anthropology, at West Virginia University. Vladimir Shlapentokh is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. Joshua Woods is Assistant Professor, Division of Sociology and Anthropology, ...
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Title:Feudal America: Elements Of The Middle Ages In Contemporary SocietyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.51 inPublished:February 28, 2012Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271037822

ISBN - 13:9780271037820

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. The Feudal Model in Social Analysis: From Medieval Europe to Contemporary America

2. Feudal, Liberal, and Authoritarian Models as Tools for Analyzing the Middle Ages and Contemporary American Society

3. Big Money and Corporations as Promoters of Feudal Tendencies

4. The Feudal Model and the Organizational Level of Analysis

5. Private Coercion: A Feudal Aspect of Contemporary American Society

6. Personal Relations in American Politics and Business: A Feudal Phenomenon

Conclusion

References

Index

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Feudal America: Elements of the Middle Ages in Contemporary Society is a good book for the general reader who has an interest in the Middle Ages and elements of the Middle Ages in contemporary corporate America.”

Contemporary Sociology