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Tocqueville's two forms of association : Interpreting tocqueville and debates over civil society today

@inproceedings{Alexander2006TocquevillesTF,
  title={Tocqueville's two forms of association : Interpreting tocqueville and debates over civil society today},
  author={Jeffrey Alexander},
  year={2006}
}
The theoretical importance of Tocqueville’s writing about America can be summed up this phrase: Democracy depends on many things besides voting. In this way, he turned Aristotle’s merely political definition on its head, and provided a conceptual translation of what democratic activists, and republican political theorists, had long understood. It is a lesson, I believe, to which many contemporary democratic activists and neo-conservative republican thinkers should return today. 
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In the United States, the debate on civil associations has coincided with the revival of interest in the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville, particularly Democracy in America (1835; 1840) in which he

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