Ideas in Action: Political Tradition in the Twentieth Century

Ideas in Action: Political Tradition in the Twentieth Century

By: Stephen Eric Bronner (author)Paperback

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Contemporary political theory has become alienated from politics. It often neither discusses concrete political events nor touches the world of political action. Stephen Eric Bronner wants to change that, and Ideas in Action takes a bold step in that direction. With elegance and power, Bronner surveys 20th century political traditions. In the process, he places theories and thinkers in their social, historical, and political contexts. His sweeping presentation is organized into four imaginatively articulated phases that signal the direction of political thinking in the twentieth century. Offering distinctive interpretations and criticisms, presenting a new internationalist perspective, Bronner imbues the text with original voices and primary sources from Adorno to Zetkin.

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Stephen Eric Bronner is professor of political science and comparative literature at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.


Chapter 1 Prologue: Tradition, Interpretation, Commitment Part 2 Envisioning Democracy Chapter 3 The Dilemmas of Democratic Theory Chapter 4 The Liberal Heritage: Individualism, Dialogue, and Universalism Chapter 5 The Communitarian Idea: Solidarity, Pragmatism, and Particularism Chapter 6 The Conservative Disposition: Custom, Stability, and Markets Chapter 7 The Anarchist Impulse: Localism, Participation, and Autonomy Part 8 Changing the World Chapter 9 The Masses in Motion Chapter 10 Socialism: Marxism, Republicanism, and Reformism Chapter 11 Fascism: Irrationalism, Reaction, and Apocalypse Chapter 12 Communism: Revolution, Dictatorship, and Totalitarianism Part 13 Reclaiming Subjectivity Chapter 14 The Liberation of Subjectivity Chapter 15 Existential Battles: Rebellion, Engagement, Authenticity Chapter 16 Critical Theory: Dialectics, Consciousness, Negativity Chapter 17 Postmodernism and Poststructuralism: Deconstructions, Desire, Difference Chapter 18 The Radical Imagination: Aesthetics, Spontaneity, Utopia Part 19 Empowering the Other Chapter 20 The Logic of the New Social Movements Chapter 21 Race: Reflections on the African-American Heritage Chapter 22 Sex: Gendered Experiences Chapter 23 Nature: Ecological Visions Chapter 24 The Forgotten: Anti-Imperialism, Nationalism, and Postcolonialism Chapter 25 Epilogue: Ethical Choices, Progressive Politics, and the Challenges of Planetary Life Chapter 26 Index Chapter 27 About the Author

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  • publication date: 01/04/1999
  • ISBN13: 9780847693870
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9780847693870
  • weight: 481
  • ISBN10: 0847693872

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