State of the Masses: Sources of Discontent, Change and Stability

Paperback | February 28, 2008

byRichard F. Hamilton, James D. Wright

not yet rated|write a review

Is the consciousness of Americans in the midst of dramatic transformation? Or do people think and feel much the same as they have always thought and felt? Do most people enjoy their work, or hate it? Is the American family being replaced by new institutional forms, or is it much the same as it was in the 1950's? Have material values been replaced by a "postmaterial consciousness" in a postindustrial society? Are Americans becoming more conservative, less conservative, or staying about the same? State of the Masses asks the important questions.

Originally published in 1986, this prescient study evaluate the views of social critics, neo-conservatives, neo-Marxists, post-industrialists, and the theorists of the little man, who puport to describe the nature, social conditions, outlooks, and motivations of the American populace. The claims of one group are often diametrically opposed to those of another. The authors make the case for which claims can be considered true and which false. Hamilton and Wright analyze the contradictory claims and compares their implications with the best social science research and data available at that time. They also explore the implications for theories in light of the conflicting portrait the evidence provides. The authors conclude with a new perspective for understanding continuities and changes in the United States. This is a prescient view of American society during turmoil, and a model for how social science research can be used predictively.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$60.84

In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

Is the consciousness of Americans in the midst of dramatic transformation? Or do people think and feel much the same as they have always thought and felt? Do most people enjoy their work, or hate it? Is the American family being replaced by new institutional forms, or is it much the same as it was in the 1950's? Have material values be...

Richard F. Hamilton is emeritus professor of sociology and political science at The Ohio State University. He has written twelve books and seventy articles, mostly dealing with elite and mass politics and their interconnections. James D. Wright is provost distinguished research professor in the department of sociology at the Univers...

other books by Richard F. Hamilton

How To Train Your Dragon: The Serpent's Heir
How To Train Your Dragon: The Serpent's Heir

Paperback|Feb 28 2017

$10.71 online$14.99list price(save 28%)
Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2014 Classic Shirt-pocket
Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2014 Classic Shirt-pocket

Paperback|Nov 5 2013

$18.08 online$23.95list price(save 24%)
Who Voted for Hitler?
Who Voted for Hitler?

Paperback|Jul 14 2014

$122.92 online$123.00list price
see all books by Richard F. Hamilton
Format:PaperbackDimensions:482 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:February 28, 2008Publisher:Aldine TransactionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:020236187X

ISBN - 13:9780202361871

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of State of the Masses: Sources of Discontent, Change and Stability

Reviews