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Since the 1980s, society's wealthiest members have claimed an ever-expanding share of income and property. It has been a true counterrevolution, says Pierre Rosanvallon--the end of the age of growing equality launched by the American and French revolutions. And just as significant as the social and economic factors driving this contemporary inequality has been a loss of faith in the ideal of equality itself. An ambitious transatlantic history of the struggles that, for two centuries, put political and economic equality at their heart, The Society of Equals calls for a new philosophy of social relations to reenergize egalitarian politics.

For eighteenth-century revolutionaries, equality meant understanding human beings as fundamentally alike and then creating universal political and economic rights. Rosanvallon sees the roots of today's crisis in the period 1830-1900, when industrialized capitalism threatened to quash these aspirations. By the early twentieth century, progressive forces had begun to rectify some imbalances of the Gilded Age, and the modern welfare state gradually emerged from Depression-era reforms. But new economic shocks in the 1970s began a slide toward inequality that has only gained momentum in the decades since.

There is no returning to the days of the redistributive welfare state, Rosanvallon says. Rather than resort to outdated notions of social solidarity, we must instead revitalize the idea of equality according to principles of singularity, reciprocity, and communality that more accurately reflect today's realities.

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Society's wealthiest members claim an ever-expanding share of income and property--a true counterrevolution, says Pierre Rosanvallon, the end of the age of growing equality launched by the American and French revolutions. Just as significant, driving this contemporary inequality has been a loss of faith in the ideal of equality itself.

About the Author

Pierre Rosanvallon is a Professor of Political History at the Collège de France and Director of Studies at L'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780674724594
Author:
Rosanvallon, Pierre
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Goldhammer, Arthur
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Political
Subject:
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies/Democracy
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Publication Date:
20131131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » International Studies
Humanities » Philosophy » Ethics
Humanities » Philosophy » General

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