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By Claus Offe

At a time while such a lot of cracks have emerged in the imagined group of ‘the West', this crucial new e-book, through one of many top social scientists in Europe, examines the highbrow background of evaluating Europe and the us. Claus Offe considers the views followed by way of 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 appeared again to their ecu origins, attempting to decipher from their American adventure what the longer term might carry for Europe, be it for greater or worse. Alexis de Tocqueville, the French aristocrat, saw the functioning of yankee democracy with a mixture of admiration, envy and deep matters concerning the destiny of liberty within the ‘democratic age'. Max Weber, the German sociologist, mentioned enthusiastically in regards to the younger strength he present in the us, which, even if, he observed as steadily succumbing to the stifling traits of eu 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 adventure of Europe, in simple terms to modify to a way more favorable photo upon his go back to Germany.
Europe and the U.S. are conventionally assumed to percentage an identical trajectory and improve in keeping with a few universal trend of ‘occidental rationalism', with the saw ameliorations as a result of mere lags and relative advances on one facet or the opposite. during this insightful ebook, Offe questions the relevance of this paradigm to transatlantic kinfolk today.

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