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The Resource Alexis de Tocqueville : the first social scientist, Jon Elster

Alexis de Tocqueville : the first social scientist, Jon Elster

Label
Alexis de Tocqueville : the first social scientist
Title
Alexis de Tocqueville
Title remainder
the first social scientist
Statement of responsibility
Jon Elster
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This book proposes a new interpretation of Alexis de Tocqueville that views him first and foremost as a social scientist rather than as a political theorist. Drawing on his earlier work on the explanation of social behavior, Jon Elster argues that Tocqueville's main claim to our attention today rests on the large number of exportable causal mechanisms to be found in his work, many of which are still worthy of further exploration. Elster proposes a novel reading of Democracy in America in which the key explanatory variable is the rapid economic and political turnover rather than equality of wealth at any given point in time. He also offers a reading of The Ancien regime and the Revolution as grounded in the psychological relations among the peasantry, the bourgeoisie, and the nobility. Consistently going beyond exegetical commentary, Elster argues that Tocqueville is eminently worth reading today for his substantive and methodological insights."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
IT-FiEUI
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1940-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Elster, Jon
Dewey number
300.9
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Tocqueville, Alexis de
  • Social scientists
  • Social sciences
  • Social sciences
Label
Alexis de Tocqueville : the first social scientist, Jon Elster
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-197) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • Introduction
  • Preference formation -- Belief formation -- Self-interest and individualism -- Passions -- Desires, opportunities, capacities -- Patterns of social causality -- Equality and mobility -- Democratic government -- Revolution -- Conclusion
Control code
FIEb16075444
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 202 pages
Isbn
9780521518444
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)244339608
Label
Alexis de Tocqueville : the first social scientist, Jon Elster
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-197) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • Introduction
  • Preference formation -- Belief formation -- Self-interest and individualism -- Passions -- Desires, opportunities, capacities -- Patterns of social causality -- Equality and mobility -- Democratic government -- Revolution -- Conclusion
Control code
FIEb16075444
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 202 pages
Isbn
9780521518444
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)244339608

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