David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Political Theory 32 (6):773-800 (2004)
After their voyage through the United States, Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont each wrote about the nature of race relations there. The author offers two theses regarding the nature of U.S. racism and its relation to U.S. democracy as revealed in Tocqueville's and Beaumont's texts. First, these works illustrate how European Americans, in subordinating Indians and blacks, produce not a politically and socially egalitarian democracy situated amid an otherwise racist society and culture but, rather, a social state internally structured by inegalitarian relations with non-Europeans. Second, in Tocqueville's and Beaumont's portraits there operate (1) a critical narrative of European Americans' fraternalized relations with Indians, marked by sibling-rivalry-like democratic envy, and (2) a critical narrative of European Americans' relations of absolute differentiation with blacks, marked by desire to secure inalienable status. Both strategies are, nonetheless, rooted in European American anxiety over democracy's flux
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Jennifer Pitts (2007). Liberalism, Democracy, and Empire : Tocqueville on Algeria. In Raf Geenens & Annelien de Dijn (eds.), Reading Tocqueville: From Oracle to Actor. Palgrave Macmillan.
James T. Schleifer (2006). Tocqueville's Democracy in America Reconsidered. In Cheryl B. Welch (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Tocqueville. Cambridge University Press.
Teodros Kiros (2011). Philosophical Essays. Red Sea Press.
B. Freitag (2008). Tocqueville Reinvented or `Democracy in Brazil'. Diogenes 55 (4):69-81.
Miguel Rumayor (2006). Educación y democracia en Tocqueville. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 4:117-122.
Alexis de Tocqueville (1980). Alexis De Tocqueville on Democracy, Revolution, and Society: Selected Writings. University of Chicago Press.
Cheryl B. Welch (2001). De Tocqueville. Oxford University Press.
Olivier Zunz (2006). Tocqueville and the Americans : Democracy in America as Read in Nineteenth Century America. In Cheryl B. Welch (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Tocqueville. Cambridge University Press.
Cheryl B. Welch (ed.) (2006). The Cambridge Companion to Tocqueville. Cambridge University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads11 ( #111,044 of 1,004,679 )
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?