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Overview page. Subjects: Science and Mathematics — Social Sciences.

Large‐scale, industrialized agriculture controlled by corporations, which includes all of the operations involved in the production, storage, processing, distribution, and wholesale...

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Alexis de Tocqueville

Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences — Literature.


An early French sociologist who travelled to the United States between 1831 and 1832 to observe democracy at work. His classic work Democracy in America (1835–40)...

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Black Report

Overview page. Subjects: Sociology.

An influential Report of the Working Group on Inequalities in Health (under the chairmanship of Sir Douglas Black) submitted to the British Government in 1980. The Report synthesized much...

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Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Social Sciences.

Originally used to describe the regime of Napoleon Bonaparte, the term now refers more generally to autocratic, highly centralized regimes dominated by the military. Bonapartism can also...

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Cabinets de lecture

Overview page. Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).

In the eighteenth century, literary societies (cabinets de lecture, Lesegesellschaften) occupied a central position in several crucial social developments. In countries where the...

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Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences.

An economic system in which the factors of production are privately owned and individual owners of capital are free to make use of it as they see fit; in particular, for their own profit....

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Christian Garve

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Modern History (1700 to 1945).

(1742–1798), German writer, scholar, and translator.

A major Aufklärer (German Enlightenment figure), Garve was instrumental in popularizing and diffusing ideas from France and...

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Overview page. Subjects: Regional and National History.

In political theory citizens, as opposed to subjects, are thought of as the free and equal participants in the democratic government of the body politic. See democracy, republicanism.

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class awareness

Overview page. Subjects: Sociology.

A term—broadly synonymous with ‘class identification’—referring to the subjective definition and interpretation of social class in the public consciousness. Sociological investigations of...

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class consciousness

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In the transition from a ‘class in itself’ (a category of people having a common relation to the means of production) to a ‘class for itself’ (a stratum organized in active pursuit of its...

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