Download Epub Format í The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America PDF by  Wilfred M. McClay

Download Epub Format í The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America PDF by  Wilfred M. McClay McClay s monograph is the best exposition I ve read on the tension between individualism and community The setting is from post bellum America until the 1990s Even the autonomous individual serves someone and yet, paradoxically he or she yearns for community.

I anticipated this would be merely one Laschian lament for a sort of communitarian republican blend of neotraditionalist and crypto patriarchal odes to the solid self and condemnations of the therapeutic culture But I was wrong I do think McClay has in common with Lasch, Lears, Fox, Sklansky, Bellah, Putnam, et al than I do, but McClay is far genuinely interested in the perspective of those of a Deweyan persuasion and is infinitely committed to ambivalence than is ever allowed by the rhadamanthine solemnity of the Laschians McClay is a graceful writer and an intelligent critic of morals, though he falls into neither trap which his skills set for him he is neither a mere stylist nor a mere moralist I enjoyed this book a great deal and I admire it.
In This Provocative Book, Wilfred McClay Considers The Long Standing Tension Between Individualism And Social Cohesion In Conceptions Of American Culture Exploring Ideas Of Unity And Diversity As They Have Evolved Since The Civil War, He Illuminates The Historical Background To Our Ongoing Search For Social Connectedness And Sources Of Authority In A Society Increasingly Dominated By The Premises Of Individualism McClay Borrows D H Lawrence S Term Masterless Men Extending Its Meaning To Women As Well And Argues That It Is Expressive Of Both The Promise And The Peril Inherent In The Modern American Social OrderDrawing Upon A Wide Range Of Disciplines Including Literature, Sociology, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, And Feminist Theory McClay Identifies A Competition Between Visions Of Dispersion On The One Hand And Coalescence On The Other As Modes Of Social Organization In Addition, He Employs Intellectual Biography To Illuminate The Intersection Of These Ideas With The Personal Experiences Of The Thinkers Articulating Them And Shows How These Shifting Visions Are Manifestations Of A General Ambivalence About The Process Of National Integration And Centralization That Has Characterized Modern American Economic, Political, And Cultural Life

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