Alexis de Tocqueville: Social Thought (Including Penology) and Education

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Social Thought (Including Penology) and Education

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Alexis de Tocqueville, Alexis de Tocqueville on Democracy, Revolution, and Society 96 (John Stone & Stephen Mennell eds., University of Chicago Press 1980).

Agulla, Juan Carlos, La experiencia sociologica (Buenos Aires: Estudio Sigma, 1994). Four volumes. Volume one includes studies of Saint-Simon, Comte, Tocqueville, von Stein, Marx, and Spencer.

Abbruzzese, Salvatore, La Sociologia di TocquevilleL un introduzione (Rubbettino: 2005).

Bai Ming-liang, Majority Tyranny and Collective Education: Reflection on Tocqueville’s Major Tyranny Thought in the Perspective of Education, Theory and Practice of Education 2009-34.

Baysal, Alev, Tocqueville’s Idea of Revolution and D. H. Lawrence’s The Rainbow: A Study of Social Change and the Liberation of Women, 23(1) Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi/Journal of the Faculty of Letters 191-204 (June 2006).

Benoît, Jean-Louis, Tocqueville: Portrait d’un sociologue, 20 La Revue Tocqueville – (1999).

Benoît, Jean-Louis, Tocqueville moraliste (Paris: Champion, 2004)(Romantisme et modernités).

Bernstein, Michael A., Comment: Tocqueville Versus Weber, 28 Law and History Review 235 (2010).

Bloom, Martin, Editorial–Primary Prevention and the Critical Eye of the Traveler: An Historical Note on Alexis de Tocqueville and Pauperism, 25(2) The Journal of Primary Prevention 133-135 (October 2004).

Botting, Eileen Hunt, Tocqueville’s American Girls: Women, Manners, and the Engendering of Democracy, in the Cambridge Companion to Democracy in America  369-388 (Richard Boyd, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2022).

Brunius, Teddy, Alexis de Tocqueville: the sociological aesthetician (Stockholm: Almqvist and Wiksell, 1960)(Laokoon. Swedish studies in aesthetics; 1).

Brunon-Ernest, Anne, Bentham and Tocqueville on Pauperism, 28(2) The Tocqueville Review 129 (2007).

Caforio, Giuseppe, Anche la sociologia militare puo avere una galleria degli antenati? Alexis de Tocqueville, 120(1) Rivista Marittima 95-102 (1987). “Can military sociology also have its gallery of ancestral portraits? Alexis de Tocqueville.”

Chabot, Sonia, Education civique, instruction publique et liberté d’enseignement dans l’oeuvre d’Alexis de Tocqueville (Master’s thesis, Université Laval, 1993).

Chabot, Sonia, Education civique, instruction publique et liberte d’enseignement dans l’oeuvre d’Alexis de Tocqueville (Ottawa: National Library of Canada, 1993). Microfiche copy of Master’s thesis, Université Laval, 1993).

Capedevila, Nestor, Tocqueville et Marx: Démocratie, capitalisme, révolution (Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 2012) (Actuel Marx Confrontation).

Cioran, Dima, The ethnographer as geologist: Tocqueville, Levi-Strauss, Baudrillard and the American dilemma, 31(2) Social Science Information 267-292 (1992).

Clegg, Stewart R. and David Courpasson, Political Hybrids: Tocquevillean Views on Project Organizations, 41(4) Journal of Management Studies 525-547 (June 2004).

Cohen, Eliot A., Tocqueville on war, in Nuclear Rights/Nuclear Wrongs 204-222 (NY: Pergamon Press, 1986).

Curtis, Bruce, Tocqueville and Lower Canadian Educational Networks, 7 Journal of the Theory and History of Education International Research Group — (2006). Abstract available here.

Drolet, Michael, Tocqueville, Democracy, and Social Reform (London: Palgrave, Macmillan, 2004).

Drumont, Louis, Tocqueville et le respect de l’autre, 129/130 Esprit 1-5 (August/September 1987).

Dubois, Michel, Les Fondateurs de la pensee sociologique (Paris: Edition Marketing, 1993)(Ellipses).

Dumas, Jean-Louis, Alexis de Tocqueville ou la comprehension efficace, 78 Revue de Metaphysique et de Morale 525-543 (1973).

Fassin, Eric, Fearful Symmetry: Culturalism and Cultural Comparison after Tocqueville, 19(2) French Historical Studies 451(1995).

Ferkaluk, Emily Katherine, Tocqueville’s Moderate Penal Reform (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) (Recovering Political Philosophy).

Fumaroli, Marc, Culture contre Université, 66(1) The French Review 1-6 (October 1992).

Gannett, Robert Tileston, Jr., Bowling NInepins in Tocqueville’s Township, 97(1) The American Political Review 1-16 (February 2003).

Goldberg, Chad Alan, Social Citizenship and a Reconstructed Tocqueville, 66(2) American Sociological Review 289-315 (April 2001).

Goldhammer, Arthur S., Tocqueville, Associations, and the Law of 1834, 35 Historical Reflections 74 (Winter 2009).

Grenier, Richard, Alexis de Tocqueville Tackles Welfare, Washington Times (September 3, 1997).

Guinard, Patrice, Alexis de Tocqueville: Visionary of Modernity.

Himmelfarb, Gertrude, Restoring Charity: Lessons From Victorian England (review of and commentary on Alexis de Tocqueville, Memoir on Pauperism, reprinted from Tocqueville and Beaumont on Social Reform).

Keslassy, Eric, Le liberalisme de Tocqueville a l’epreuve du pauperisme (L’Harmattan, 2000)(Collection L’Ouverture Philosophique).

Keslassy, Eric, Question sociale et démocratie chez Tocqueville, in DEES: Document pour l’énseignement économique et social  (Paris: CNDP, 2000). Paging not available.

Kessler, Sanford, Tocqueville on Sexual Morality, 16(3) Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy 465-480 (Spring 1989).

Kurczewska, Joanna,  Alexis de Tocqueville i wartości, 23 Archiwum Historii Filozofii i Myśli Społecznej 43-58 (1977). Translation of article title: Alexis de Tocqueville and values.

Lamberti, Jean-Claude, La notion d’individualisme chez Tocqueville (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1970)(Travaux et recherches de la Faculte de droit et des sciences economiques de Paris. Serie “Science politique”; 19).

Larson, Ronald, Democratic Inevitability and Its Consequences: A Sketch of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Sociology, 34(2) Midwest Quarterly 240-251 (1993).

Laval, Christian, L’ambition Sociologique: Saint-Simon, Comte, Tocqueville, Durkheim, Weber (Paris: Découverte, 2002)(Recherches)(La bibliothèque du MAUSS, série économie solidaire et démocratie).

Laval, Christian, L’ambition sociologique: Saint-Simon, Comte, Tocqueville, Marx, Durkheim, Weber (Folio, 2012) (Folio Essais).

Lawler, Peter Augustine, Tocqueville on human misery and human liberty, 28(2) Social Science Journal 243-258 (1991).

Lawler, Peter Augustine, Tocqueville on the doctrine of interest, 30(2) Government & Opposition 221-239 (Spring 1995).

Lawler, Peter Augustine, Tocqueville on the Place of Liberal Education in a Democracy, 69(4) Liberal Education 301-306 (1983).

Leroy, Marc, Tocqueville, Pioneer of Fiscal Sociology, 51 European Journal of Sociology 195 (August 2010).

Lichterman, Paul, Social Capital Or Group Style? Rescuing Tocqueville’s Insights on Civil Engagement, 35(5/6) Theory & Society 529-563 (October 2006).

May, Gita, Tocqueville on the Role of Women in a Democracy, in Voltaire, the Enlightenment and the Comic Mode: Essays in Honor of Jean Sareil 159-169 (Maxine G. Cutler ed.; New York: Peter Lang, 1990).

Mendras, Henri and Jean Etienne, Les Grands auteurs de la sociologie: Tocqueville, Marx, Durkheim, Weber (Paris: Hatier, 1996)(Initial). Includes material on Tocqueville, Marx, Durkheim, Weber.

Nimtz, August, Jr., Marx, Tocqueville and Race in America: The “Absolute Democracy” or “Defiled Republic” (Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003).

Noboloff, Nicholas R., The Family in Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America”: Understanding Difference in the Age of Equality (Dissertation, University of New Hampshire, 2007).

Nord, David Paul, Tocqueville, Garrison and the Perfection of Journalism, 13(2) Journalism History 56-63 (1986).

Ossewaarde, M. R. R., Tocqueville’s Political and Moral Thought: New Liberalism (London: Taylor and Francis, 2004).

Paret, Peter, Continuity and Discontinuity in Some Interpretations by Tocqueville and Clausewitz, 49(1) Journal of the History of Ideas 161-173 (January/March 1988).

Paret, Peter, Understanding war : essays on Clausewitz and the history of military power (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992). Includes Continuity and Discontinuity in Some Interpretations by Tocqueville and Clausewitz at 143-154.

Pitts, Jennifer Gaston, Empire and Democracy: Tocqueville and the Algeria Question, 8(3) Journal of Political Philosophy 295-318 (September 2000).

Poggi, Gianfranco, Images of society; essays on the sociological theories of Tocqueville, Marx, and Durkheim (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1972).

Reddinger, William Troy, Why Family Matters Most: Montesquieu and Tocqueville on the Political Significance of the Family (Master’s thesis, Northern Illinois University, 2005).

Riesman, David, Tocqueville as Ethnographer, 30 American Scholar 174-187 (1961).

Richter, Melvin, Tocqueville on Algeria (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1963). Reprint of Tocqueville on Algeria, 25(3) Review of Politics 362 (July 1963).

Richter, Melvin, Tocqueville on Algeria, 25(3) Review of Politics 362 (July 1963).

Ros, Juan Manuel,  Tocqueville y la cuestión del pauperismo: Estudio introductorio, traducción al español y notas de la Memoria sobre el pauperismo de A. de Tocqueville (Madrid: Tecnos, 2003).

Rudmin, F. W., Materialism & Militarism: De Tocqueville on America’s Hopeless Hurry to Happiness, in Meaning, Measure and Morality in Materialism 110 (1992).

Sauca Cano, Jose Maria, La ciencia de la asociacion de Tocqueville: presupuestos metodologicos para una teoria liberal de la vertebracion social (Madrid: Centro de Estudios Constitucionales, 1996)(Derecho y la Justicia; 44).

Schwartz, Joel, The Penitentiary and Perfectability in Tocqueville, 38(1) Western Political Quarterly 7-26 (1985).

Shinn, Terry, Science, Tocqueville, and the state : The organization of knowledge in modern France, 59(3) Social Research 533-566 (Fall 1992).

Smelser, N. J., Alexis de Tocqueville as Comparative Analyst, in Comparative Methods in the Social Sciences (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1976).

Sosa, Antonio, Tocqueville’s Defense of Aristocratic Literature, in Regime and Education: A Study in the History of Political Philosophy 185-214 (Ian Dagg, ed., Springer, 2023) (Recovering Political Philosophy).

Swedborg, Richard, Theoretical Versus Practical Explanation in Political Economy and Economic Sociology6(3) Socio-Economic 427-447 (2008). Downloadable at SSRN.

Swedborg, Richard, Tocqueville as a Pioneer in Organization Theory, in The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies 39 (Paul S. Adler, ed., Oxford University Press, 2009)(Classical Foundations).

Swedberg, Richard, Tocqueville’s Political Economy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009).

Topey, John, Alexis de Tocqueville, Forgotten Founder, 21(4) Sociological Forum 695-707 (December 2006).

Tracz-Tryniecki, Marek, Human  Dignity versus Greatness: Tocqueville’s Dilemma, in Tocquevillian Ideas:  Contemporary European Perspectives 111-134 (Zbigniew Rau and Marek Tracz-Tryniecki eds.; Lanham: University Press of America, 2014).

Tracz-Tryniecki, Marek, Tocqueville. Wartości moralne w swiecie wolnego wyboru82 Przegląd Polityczny 105-109 (2007). English title: Moral values in the world of free choice.

Tung, Chang Chen, [Tocqueville in American Sociology], 16(3) American Studies,Mei-kuo yen-chiu 85-142 (September 1986).

Turner, Jack, American Individualism and Structural Injustice: Tocqueville, Gender, and Race, 40(2) Polity 197-215 (April 2008).

Usategui Basozabal, Elisa, La cuestión social en Alexis de Tocqueville, 200 Revista de Estudios Políticos 99-127 (April-June 2023).

Usategui Basozabal, Elisa, Educación y ciudadanía en Alexis de Tocqueville, 18 Historia y Memoria de la Educación 311-346 (2023).

Veugelers, John W. P., Tocqueville on the Conquest and Colonization of Algeria, 10 Jourmal of Classical Sociology 339-355 (2010).

Villa, Dana, Teachers of the People: Political Education in Rousseau, Hegel, Tocqueville and Mill (University of Chicago Press, 2017). Includes Chapter 4: The Aristocrat as Democratic Pedagogue.

Wandowicz, Konrad,  Wspólnota a jednostka. Idea solidarności w myśli politycznej Alexisa de Tocqueville’a,  in  Ideologia, doktryny i ruch polityczny współczesnego liberalizmu 89-108 (Edward Olszewski and Zenon Tymoszuk ed., Lublin: 2004). Translation of essay title: Community and Individual: The Idea of Solidarity in the Political Thought of Alexis de Tocqueville.

Whiteside, Kerry H., Urbanisation and the Genealogy of Freedom in Marx and Tocqueville, 15(4-6) History of European Ideas 473 (August 1992).

Wilson, Francis, Tocqueville’s Conception of the Elite, 4 Review of Politics 271-288 (1942).

Winthrop, Delba, Tocqueville’s American Woman and the True Conception of Democratic Progress, 14(2) Political Theory 239-261 (1986).

Wolfson, Dorothea Israel, The Superiority of the American Women: Tocqueville’s Teaching on Women, Marriage and the Family (Dissertation, Cornell University, 1995).

Wooster, Martin Morse, The Forgotten Tocqueville: What He Saw in 19th Century England (Tocqueville’s Memoir on Pauperism)  A Review of the translation by Seymour Drescher.

Załęski, Paweł, Tocqueville on Civilian Society: A Romantic Vision of the Dichotomic Structure of Social Reality, 50 Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte 260-266 (2008).

Zhu Ha–zhong, Tocqueville’s Research of Social Problems, Journal of Nantong University (2006-06).