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The Active Society Revisited

McWilliams Wilson Carey

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ISBN 10: 0742549143 / ISBN 13: 9780742549142
Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2005
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Title: The Active Society Revisited

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used-Like New

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The Active Society, published in 1968, is the most ambitious book in Amitai Etzioni's remarkable career. It is sociology in the grand tradition, with at least one foot outside its own time. In it, Etzioni confronts the great modern irony― that setting out to become the masters of nature, humans become mastered by their own instruments― championing the sense of agency and aiming to demonstrate that humanity can direct its own creations, or at least, that societies can aspire to a greater measure of authentic self-government. In this new collection of essays, Wilson Carey McWilliams brings together scholars in a range of disciplines to analyze the significance and shortcomings of this important work. They comment on the importance of Etzioni's contributions, the magnitude of his achievement, and the extent to which The Active Society speaks to contemporary social and political life.

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Wilson Carey McWilliams was professor of political science at Rutgers University. He was the author and editor of a number of books including /Beyond the Politics of Disappointment?: American elections, 1980-1998/ and a regular contributor to several journals of opinion.

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