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The Last Half Century : Societal Change and Politics in America - Morris Janowitz

The Last Half Century

Societal Change and Politics in America

Paperback Published: 1st February 1984
ISBN: 9780226393070
Number Of Pages: 600

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"The Last Half-Century" represents the culmination of a lifetime of scholarship by Morris Janowitz. In this comprehensive and systematic analysis of the major trends in American society during the past fifty years, he probes the weakening of popular party affiliations and the increased inability of elected representatives to rule. Centering his work on the crucial concept of social control, Janowitz orders and assesses a vast amount of empirical research to clarify the failure of basic social institutions to resolve our chronic conflicts.
For Janowitz, social control denotes a society's capacity to regulate itself within a moral framework that transcends simple self-interest. He poses urgent questions: Why has social control been so drastically weakened in our advanced industrial society? And what strategies can we use to strengthen it again?
The expanation rests in part on the changes in social structure which make it more and more complicated for citizens to calculate their political self-interest. At the same time, complex economic and defense problems also strain an already overburdened legislative system, making effective, responsive political rule increasingly difficult.
Janowitz concludes by assessing the response of the social sciences to the pressing problem of social control and asserts that new forms of citizen participation in the government must be found.

List of Tables
Frame of Reference
Sociological Objectives
The Idea of Socialnbsp;Control
The Logic of Systemic Analysis
Master Trends, 1920-1976
Political Participation: Emergence of Weak Regimes
Social Stratification: Occupation and Welfare
Military Participation and Total War
The System of Social Organization
Bureaucratic Institutions: The Hierarchical Dimension
Residential Community: The Geographical Dimension
Societal Socialization: Mass Persuasion
Societal Socialization: Legitimate Coercion
Rationality, Institution Building, and Social Control
The Management of Interpersonal Relations
Experiments in Community Participation
Political Elites and Social Control
Author Index
Analytic and Subject Index
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ISBN: 9780226393070
ISBN-10: 0226393070
Series: Societal Change and Politics in America
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 600
Published: 1st February 1984
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.71
Edition Type: New edition