Reflections on America: Tocqueville, Weber and Adorno in the by Claus Offe

By Claus Offe

At a time whilst such a lot of cracks have emerged in the imagined group of ‘the West', this significant new publication, by way of one of many top social scientists in Europe, examines the highbrow heritage of evaluating Europe and the USA. Claus Offe considers the views followed through 3 of Europe’s maximum social scientists – Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber and Theodor W. Adorno – of their comparative writings on Europe.
whereas touring, learning and dealing within the US, all 3 continuously seemed again to their eu origins, attempting to decipher from their American adventure what the longer term may possibly carry for Europe, be it for higher or worse. Alexis de Tocqueville, the French aristocrat, saw the functioning of yankee democracy with a mixture of admiration, envy and deep issues in regards to the destiny of liberty within the ‘democratic age'. Max Weber, the German sociologist, stated enthusiastically concerning the younger power he present in the USA, which, notwithstanding, he observed as steadily succumbing to the stifling developments of ecu bureaucratization. Theodor W. Adorno, the severe theorist and refugee from Nazi Germany, saw with a feeling of melancholy the workings of the yankee ‘culture undefined’ which he equated to the totalitarian event of Europe, purely to change to a way more favorable photo upon his go back to Germany.
Europe and the U.S. are conventionally assumed to proportion an analogous trajectory and advance in keeping with a few universal development of ‘occidental rationalism', with the saw alterations due to mere lags and relative advances on one aspect or the opposite. during this insightful booklet, Offe questions the relevance of this paradigm to transatlantic family members today.

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