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Conversations with Tocqueville: The Global Democratic Revolution in the Twenty-first Century

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Book Details
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Published: 2009-02-16
The questions and issues raised by Tocqueville in his monumental studies of France and America are just as crucial for understanding the evolution of democracy in the West and the development of democracy in the non-western world. They clearly show the breadth of Tocqueville's contributions to the development of modern social sciences. This book argues that Tocquevillian analytics can be used to understand developments in non-western as well as western societies and be updated to address such issues as globalization, ethnicity, New World-Old World comparisons, and East-West dynamics. The first part of the book examines the basic components of Tocquevillian analytics, outlining its stepwise, interdisciplinary approach to understanding societies and nations. The second part applies the Tocquevillian conceptual framework to the contemporary world and contains individual chapters on various regions of the world: North America, Russia, Western Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Unlike previous collective works on Tocqueville, "Conversations with Tocqueville" does not offer a survey of the authors' views, but focuses on presenting a cohesive theoretical framework of analysis that can then be applied and adjusted to fit a multitude of settings.