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American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword

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"American values are quite complex," writes Seymour Martin Lipset, "particularly because of paradoxes within our culture that permit pernicious and beneficial social phenomena to arise simultaneously from the same basic beliefs."



Born out of revolution, the United States has always considered itself an exceptional country of citizens unified by an allegiance to a common set
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 17th 1997 by W. W. Norton Company (first published 1996)
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Illuminating, data-grounded sociological study of Americanism -- the ideology cum culture that makes us who we are. Lipset usefully breaks down Americanism into five pillars -- liberty, egalitarianism, populism, individualism and laissez-faire capitalism -- and discusses at length how these affect our politics and culture. He also talks about outliers, like African-Americans and Jewish Americans, who diverge from these in some key and historically grounded ways. Of particular interest is Lipset' ...more
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Seymour Martin Lipset was an American political sociologist, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. His major work was in the fields of political sociology, trade union organization, social stratification, public opinion, and the sociology of intellectual life. He also wrote extensively about the condit ...more

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