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SOAN*2112 Classical Theory Lecture Note

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Sociology and Anthropology
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SOAN 2112
Linda Hunter

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Fri Jan 2012Alexis de TocquevilleAristocracy in the American context was not referred to heridary land and nobility but large rich property owners Should people or property govern Contrasted sharply with his own aristocratic values Became the theme of his first great book Democracy in America hoping to provide guidelines for FranceDesired so strongly for France was what he saw in the USorder in government based on separation of powers more freedom Feared governmental procedures in France didnt exist or less so in AmericaDemocratic revolution but avoided Frances fateThought it was moreof a classless societychanged his tune later America never had an old regime like Franceno established church state bureaucracy large metropolitan areasHomogeneous agrarian middle class even though there were extremes in wealth adn poverty but they were rare Democratic movementrevolution was gaining momentum in Europe but said they need knowledgable guidance pg 89with democracy ignorance is less common more guidance decreased hostility between classes English brought to America the townshipfree farmers with their private plot demanded selfinterste and efforts of the owners themselves Eg in the North and New England they shared a culture Directing their own private affairs There were an oppressive side to these communities but there were distinctive democratic
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