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The Resource The devils we know : us and them in America's raucous political culture : essays, by James A. Morone

The devils we know : us and them in America's raucous political culture : essays, by James A. Morone

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The devils we know : us and them in America's raucous political culture : essays
Title
The devils we know
Title remainder
us and them in America's raucous political culture : essays
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by James A. Morone
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Morone's lively essays complicate the monolithic view that Americans fear government, celebrate markets, and act as individualists. Yes, they do resist government's meddling in their lives; but given their puritanical bent, they readily exhort the government to ensure that their neighbors don't drink, smoke, take drugs, or have sex with the wrong kind of person. They are also communitarians who go the extra mile for one another. Yet they are always nervous about the many outsiders banging on their democratic door--Blacks, women, immigrants. Rather than a static culture, then, Morone gives the reader a dynamic one that is constantly being remade by those who pass through that door. Morone's readers will come away with a fresh look at America's vibrant and often contentious political culture"--
  • "Is there an American culture? Certainly, says James Morone. Americans are fighting over it now. They have been fighting over it since the first Puritan stepped ashore. Americans hate government (no national health insurance!) and call for more of it (lock 'em up!). They prize democracy (power to the people) and scramble to restrict it (the electoral college in the 21st century?). They celebrate opportunity--but only for some (don't let those people in!). Americans proclaim liberty then wrestle over which kind--positive (freedom from want) or negative (no new taxes!)? In this volume Morone offers his own answer to the conundrum of American political culture: It is a perpetual work in progress. Immigrants arrive, excluded groups demand power, and each generation injects new ethnicities, races, religions, ideas, foods, entertainments, sins, and body types into the national mix. The challengers--the devils we know--keep inventing new answers to the nation's fundamental question: Who are we? Each essay in The Devils We Know takes up a different aspect of the creative conflicts that shape America. Ranging from Huck Finn to Obamacare, Morone explores the ways in which culture interacts with other forces--most notably the rules and organizations that channel collective choices. The battle to define the nation's political culture spills over into every area of American life, but three are especially important: democracy, economics, and morals--each, in turn, complicated by race, race, race. Written over 25 years, these essays constitute a closely observed and deeply thoughtful vision of what America is--its ideas, images, rules, institutions, and culture clashes. Together, they explain just why America is the way it is. And what it might become"--
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1951-
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Morone, James A.
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • National characteristics, American
  • Political culture
  • Cultural pluralism
  • Social conflict
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The devils we know : us and them in America's raucous political culture : essays, by James A. Morone
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Includes index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780700620104
Isbn Type
(hardback : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2014026623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)883962587
Label
The devils we know : us and them in America's raucous political culture : essays, by James A. Morone
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780700620104
Isbn Type
(hardback : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2014026623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)883962587

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