DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA. Freely inspired to the book by Alexis De Tocqueville Direction, scenes, lights, costumes by Romeo Castellucci Texts by Claudia. Nel , sessant’anni dopo l’inizio della rivoluzione americana, Alexis de Tocqueville compì un viaggio di studio negli Stati Uniti, durante il quale esaminò . Title, La democrazia in America Classici del pensiero. Author, Alexis de Tocqueville. Editor, Nicola Matteucci. Publisher, UTET, ISBN, .

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However, based on Tocqueville’s correspondences with friends and colleagues, Marvin Zetterbaum, Professor Emeritus at University of California Davisconcludes that the Frenchman never accepted democracy as determined or inevitable.

Tocqueville’s views on the United States took a darker turn afterhowever, as made evident in Aurelian Craiutu’s Tocqueville on America after Retrieved 22 April Tocqueville and the problem of democracy.

La democrazia in America

The Journal of American History. While Tocqueville speaks highly of the U. He did, however, consider equality more just and tocquevllle found himself among its partisans. Insightful analysis of political society was supplemented in the second volume by description of civil society as a sphere of private and civilian affairs mirroring Hegel. This article is about the book written by Tocqueville.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The Tocqqueville of Chicago Press. He argues that the collapse of aristocracy lessened the patriarchal rule in the family where fathers would control daughters’ marriages, meaning that women had the option of remaining unmarried and retaining a higher degree of independence.

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Retrieved from ” https: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. These include his belief that democracy has a tendency to degenerate into ” soft despotism ” as well as tocquevil,e risk of developing a tyranny of the majority.

Translator’s Note — Arthur Goldhammer”. Tocqueville traced the development of equality to a number of factors, such as granting all men permission tocqueviille enter the clergywidespread economic opportunity resulting from the growth of trade and commerce, the royal sale of titles of nobility as a monarchical fundraising tool, and the abolition of primogeniture.


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Given the social state that was emerging, Tocqueville believed that a “new political science” would be needed, in order to:. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Before finishing Democracy in AmericaTocqueville believed that Beaumont’s study of the United States would prove more comprehensive and penetrating.

Married women, by contrast, lost all independence “in the bonds of matrimony” as “in America paternal discipline [by the woman’s father] is very relaxed and the conjugal tie very strict”. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville. The young Woman in the Character of a Wife”.

They arrived equals in education and were all middle class. Tocqueville seeks to apply deemocrazia functional aspects of democracy in the United States to what he sees as the failings of democracy in his native France.

When the first edition was published, Beaumont, sympathetic to social justice, was working on another book, Marie, ou, L’esclavage aux Etats-Unis two volumes,a social critique and novel describing the separation of races ameriica a moral society and the conditions of slaves in the United States.

The aristocracyTocqueville believed, was gradually disappearing as the modern world experienced the democrazis effects of equality. Democracy in America was published in two volumes, the first in and the other in In addition, Tocqueville observes that they contributed a synthesis of religion and political liberty in America that was uncommon in Europe, particularly in France.

Tocqueville’s work is often acclaimed for making a number of astute predictions. It ed immediately popular in both Europe and the United States, while also having a profound impact on the French population.

The American Revolution then popularized this principle, followed by the Constitutional Convention ofwhich developed institutions to manage popular will.

Tocqueville begins his study of the U. Tocqueville described this revolution as a “providential fact” [5] of an “irresistible revolution,” leading some to criticize the determinism found in the book.

He observed that over the previous tkcqueville hundred years the social and economic conditions of men had become more equal.


Because of his own view that a woman could not act on a level equal to a man, he saw a woman as needing her father’s support to retain independence in marriage. He observes that the strong role religion played in the United States was due to its separation from the government, a separation ce parties found agreeable.

He begins his book by describing the change in social conditions taking place. He warned that ‘ Tocqueville observed that social mechanisms have paradoxes, as in what later became known as the Tocqueville effect: Archived from the original on He calls the Puritan Founding the “seed” of his entire work.

You can help by converting this section to prose, if appropriate. According to him, the Puritans established the Tocqusville. How the Americans understand the Equality of the sexes”. According to Tocqueville, democracy had some unfavorable consequences: Consistent with this limited view of the potential of women to act as equals to men, as well as his apparently missing on his travels seeing the nurturing roles that many men in the United States played, particularly in the Delaware Valley region of cultures where there was a lot of influence by Society of Friends as well as a tradition of male and female equality, Tocqueville considered the separate spheres of women and men a positive development, stating: Mutual liberty Soft despotism.

The Christian Science Monitor. Exploring Democracy in America. He anticipates the potential acrimony over the abolition of slavery deocrazia would tear apart the United States and lead to the American Civil War as well as the eventual superpower rivalry between the United States and Russia, which exploded after World War II and spawned the Cold War.