On Culture and Politics in America: A Perspective from Structural Anthropology

@article{Merelman1989OnCA,
  title={On Culture and Politics in America: A Perspective from Structural Anthropology},
  author={Richard M. Merelman},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  year={1989},
  volume={19},
  pages={465-493}
}
This article proposes a structuralist alternative to mainstream behavioural studies of political culture in the United States. After first describing the deficiencies in the mainstream approach, the article suggests that political culture as attitudes and values should be seen as surface elements of a deep cultural structure. The structuralist alternative is presented in some detail, with emphasis upon cultural narratives. Building upon structuralist theory, American political culture emerges… Expand
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