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William Graham Sumner

Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities — Social Sciences.

(1840 –1910)

An American sociologist who was one of the most prominent turn-of-the-century advocates of social Darwinism and laissez-faire government in the United States. Sumner's...

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Disenchanted Classical Liberalism as a Political Vision

Robert Adcock.

in Liberalism and the Emergence of American Political Science

April 2013; p ublished online April 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: US Politics. 14440 words.

This chapter uses William Graham Sumner and A. Lawrence Lowell to elucidate disenchanted classical liberalism as a late-century liberal political vision. It first charts changes in Sumner’s...

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Introduction: Sumner's Conjecture

in Us Against Them

January 2009; p ublished online March 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: US Politics. 1492 words.

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the role of ethnocentrism in contemporary American public opinion, and explains that although ethnocentrism is an...

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Four Theories in Search of Ethnocentrism

in Us Against Them

January 2009; p ublished online March 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: US Politics. 10203 words.

This chapter analyzes four theories that claim to speak to ethnocentrism. These theoretical perspectives include ethnocentrism as a consequence of realistic group conflict, as an outgrowth...

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Political Science and Political Economy in the Age of Academic Reform

Robert Adcock.

in Liberalism and the Emergence of American Political Science

April 2013; p ublished online April 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: US Politics. 14497 words.

This chapter examines the growth of universities and developments within the nascent domain of political science in the post-Civil War decades. It contrasts the ways in which Andrew D....

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