American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword
"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 of ideals, individualism, anti-statism, populism, and egalitarianism. This ideology, Professor Lipset observes, defines the limits of political debate in the United States and shapes our society.
American Exceptionalism explains why socialism has never taken hold in the United States, why Americans are resistant to absolute quotas as a way to integrate blacks and other minorities, and why American religion and foreign policy have a moralistic, crusading streak.
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Review: American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged SwordUser Review - Claire Leavitt - Goodreads
Assigning this for my intro-to-American-politics this summer. Readable, fascinating. Read full review
Review: American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged SwordUser Review - Catfantastic - Goodreads
It was illuminating. Lipset kept projecting an "I am totally objective and everything I say is true" vibe, even though it became really evident over the course of the book where his sympathies lay ... Read full review
Ideology Politics and Deviance
Economy Religion and Welfare
Socialism and Unionism in the United States and Canada
Blacks and Whites
American ExceptionalismJapanese Uniqueness
A DoubleEdged Sword
Individualism and Group Obligation
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