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NCJ Number: 119380 Find in a Library
Title: Violence, Social Theory, and the Historians: The Debate Over Consensus and Culture in America (From Violence in America, Volume 2: Protest, Rebellion, Reform, P 329-351, 1989, Ted Robert Gurr, ed. -- See NCJ-119368)
Author(s): R E Rubenstein
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A new American historical synthesis will rest on a revised central paradigm of American cultural consensus, one that takes full account of the historical patterns of violence that both confirm and define America's cultural distinctiveness.
Abstract: The new historical synthesis will be based neither on the progressive historians' false myth of immutable class conflict nor upon the consensus historians' false myth of peaceful progress. What is most striking about the search for a new synthesis in American history is the common bond of a distinctive and consensual culture. Singal's dialectical scheme embraces the organizational synthesis proposed by Galambos, and Collins views his consumer synthesis as consistent with the design of Bender's public culture as well as with the framework proposed by Singal and Galambos. Woodward weaves these synthetic themes and others into a complex and subtle analysis that accommodates tensions within its development. Most important from the perspective of the debate over political violence is that all five of the major contenders for a new interpretive synthesis in American history share with contingency theory a culturalist explanation of distinctive national cultures and public ideologies. 58 notes.
Main Term(s): Conflict theory; Consensus theory
Index Term(s): Civil disorders; Political influences; Social conditions
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