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University of Guelph
Sociology and Anthropology
SOAN 2112
Linda Hunter

January 21, 2013 – SOC2111/2 Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) • social and political theorist grappled with democratic and industrial revolutions • “... whether people or property shall govern?” • his first book, Democracy in America • studied America hoping to provide guidelines for France • „knowledgeable guidance‟ • he admired English political institutions – brought to America the “Township” • free farmers • sharing of class, religion, language, politics • oppressive side too • praised the autonomy and decentralized gov‟t in America • used documents and official statistics • Inequality of Human Races • he was optimistic about the abolition of slavery • he recognized the tragic disorder white tyranny had caused among aboriginal peoples • The Aristocracy of Manufacturers (Marx‟s alienation) • see „Society of Ideas, Culture and Religion‟ in text • in democratic-egalitarian societies, people tend to recognize their common humanity • democracy changes the character of language, historiography and social • important as a social theorist and comparative historical sociologist VISUALS: Kane, P. – he‟s an artist & Curtis, E. – photographer - native communities - 1848 – where Martineau and de Tocqueville li
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