Bibliography (Magill Book Reviews)
Commager, Henry Steele. Commager on Tocqueville. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1993. Lucid essays, written by a distinguished American historian, on Tocqueville’s democratic visions. The conclusion discusses the contemporary relevance of Tocqueville’s ideas for politics in the United States.
Mancini, Matthew. Alexis de Tocqueville. New York: Twayne, 1994. Accessible, comprehensive survey concentrates on Democracy in America and introduces the major themes in Tocqueville’s works. A worthwhile bibliography for students new to Tocqueville’s writings.
Martineau, Harriet. How to Observe Morals and Manners. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction, 1989. Published originally in 1838, this book was the first methods text in the social sciences. Clearly explicates patriarchal, classist, racist, and other biases that plague undisciplined observations such as Tocqueville employed as the empirical foundation for Democracy in America.
Pope, Whitney, in collaboration with Lucetta Pope. Alexis de Tocqueville: His Social and Political Theory. Beverly Hills, Calif.: Sage Publications, 1986. Critiques Tocqueville’s pertinence for modern social theory and compares his ideas with those of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and other social theorists. Useful bibliography.
Schleifer, James T. The Making of Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America.” Chapel Hill: University...
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