The modern social conflict
“Ralf Dahrendorf is one of the most original and experienced social and political writers of our time…. The Modern Social Conflict is both a survey of social and political conflict in Western societies from the 18th century to the present and a tract for a new ‘radical liberalism’-a new liberal agenda to cope with the failings and crises of the contemporary state in the West.”
-Stanley Hoffmann, New York Times Book Review
“A biting, eloquent, disconcerting, and illuminating book on the great question of our democratic future. I do not know of a wiser book on the subject of one that is so likely to motivate as well as to educate its readers.” -Robert Heilbroner, The New School for Social Research
“A compelling book which, no doubt, will stimulate considerable discussion. It is the brilliant contribution of a convinced liberal to the study of conflict within contemporary democratic society
-Saul Friedlander, University of California, Los Angeles
“This wise and insightful book… brings political sociology up to date by taking seriously the structural changes which have occurred since the Second World War.” -John Rex, Times Higher Education Supplement
The Modern Social Conflict offers a concise, authoritative, and accessible account of where the Western democracies stand today, how they got there, and where they must go if they are to retain their political and social freedom. The conflict, as Ralf Dahrendorf describes it here, exists in the tension between the effort to create wealth and the effort to extend civil rights to those on the social and economic margins in the democracies. Part history, part social analysis, part deeply
committed prescription, this “Essay on the Politics of Liberty” is a timely and important contribution to our understanding of the modern world by one of the most noted social and political thinkers of our day.
RALF DAHRENDORF is Warden of St. Antony’s College, Oxford. The author of twenty-eight books, Dr. Dahrendorf has also served in the government of West Germany, taught at major universities on both sides of the Atlantic, and been Director of the London School of Economics.
Afmetingen: 14 x 21 x 1.4 cm
Uitgever: University of California press
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