The Ship of State : Statecraft and Politics from Ancient Greece to Democratic America / Norma Thompson.
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- New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 
1 online resource (256 p.)
- Political science -- History.
Rôle selon le sexe -- Histoire.
Science politique -- Histoire.
Sex role -- History.
- In English.
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- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- This provocative and illuminating book provides a new perspective on the development of political thought from Homer to Machiavelli, Tocqueville, and Gertrude Stein (who is introduced here, for the first time, as a writer of political significance). Providing nuanced readings of key texts by these and other thinkers, Norma Thompson locates a powerful theme: that the political health of organized political communities-from the ancient polis to the modern state to contemporary democracy-requires a balance between masculine and feminine qualities.Although most critics view the Western tradition as a progression away from misogyny and toward rights for women, Thompson contends that the need for balance in the political community was well understood in earlier eras. Only now has it been almost entirely overlooked in our focus on surface indications of strict gender equality. Thompson argues that political rhetoric must once again promote the reconciliation of masculine and feminine forces in order to achieve effective politics and statecraft.
One. Stories at the Limits
Two. Plato's Socrates
Three. The Rhetoric of the State
Five. Surveying Tocqueville
Six. Gertrude Stein's Socrates
Conclusion: Redressing the Balance
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- De Gruyter.
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- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.12987/9780300128055 doi
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- Restricted for use by site license.
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