Democracy Growing up
Authority, Autonomy, and Passion in Tocqueville's Democracy in AmericaeBook - 2002
In this feminist reading of Tocqueville's famous Democracy in America, Janara (political science, U. of British Columbia) explores the familial and gendered imagery used in the text to discuss American democracy. She argues that a feminized image of stable aristocratic order is placed in opposition to an image of democracy as maleness, flux, indeterminancy. Furthermore, American democracy is symbolized in the Tocqueville's text as a "growing child-subject" achieving maturity away from a maternalized aristocracy as opposed to the French revolution which is portrayed as having had to commit matricide in order to be born. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2002
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 256 pages)