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The Discourse of American Civil Society

Jeffrey C. Alexander and Philip Smith

in The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195160840
eISBN:
9780199944156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160840.003.0015
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter analyzes the discourse on civil society in the U.S. It explains that civil society consists of actors and the relationships between actors and institutions, and that at the heart of the ... More


Inventions That Shaped the Modern World

David Segal

in One Hundred Patents That Shaped the Modern World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780198834311
eISBN:
9780191872426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198834311.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

This entry describes the development of Morse code by Samuel Morse. It gives a background to Samuel Morse’s life. Also it describes the development of the electric telegraph on land and later using ... More


Toward the Bloodshed

Alessandro Orsini

in Anatomy of the Red Brigades: The Religious Mind-set of Modern Terrorists

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449864
eISBN:
9780801460913
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449864.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter describes the life of a revolutionary. Discipline is essential in the Red Brigades, with every moment of the brigadist's life subjected to a series of rigorous rules. The Red Brigades do ... More


Why War?: The Cultural Logic of Iraq, the Gulf War, and Suez

Philip Smith

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226763880
eISBN:
9780226763910
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226763910.001.0001
Subject:
History, Military History

Why do nations choose to fight certain wars and not others? How do we bring ourselves to believe that the sacrifice of our troops is acceptable? For most, the answers to these questions are tied to ... More


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