Ambivalence About Equality in the United States or, Did Tocqueville Get it Wrong and Why Does that Matter?

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Ambivalence About Equality in the United States or, Did Tocqueville Get it Wrong and Why Does that Matter?

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dc.contributor.author Hochschild, Jennifer L.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-30T21:03:56Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation Hochschild, Jennifer L. 2006. Ambivalence about equality in the United States or, did Tocqueville get it wrong and why does that matter? Social Justice Research 19(1): 43-62. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0885-7466 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1573-6725 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3425915
dc.description.abstract Alexis de Tocqueville believed that “democratic peoples’... passion for equality is ardent, insatiable, eternal, and invincible.” This article examines whether and under what conditions residents of the United States demonstrate such a commitment to equality. I show that at many points in history, Americans have indeed chosen to move toward greater justice and less oppression; however, there are clear limits to their passion for equality. White Americans endorse less social, political, and economic equality than do African Americans, but even the latter often resist equality for groups that they perceive to be threats, or for behaviors that threaten strong social or moral norms. The article discusses implications for political activists of these patterns of support for and resistance to greater equality, and suggests strategies for overcoming oppression and promoting justice. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship African and African American Studies en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Government en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Springer Verlag en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11211-006-9999-2 en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.subject equality en_US
dc.subject de Tocqueville en_US
dc.subject public opinion surveys en_US
dc.subject race en_US
dc.subject group boundaries en_US
dc.subject redistribution en_US
dc.subject social norms en_US
dc.title Ambivalence About Equality in the United States or, Did Tocqueville Get it Wrong and Why Does that Matter? en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.relation.journal Social Justice Research en_US
dash.depositing.author Hochschild, Jennifer L.
dc.date.available 2009-11-30T21:03:56Z

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