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Wolfe, Alan 1942-

Works: 82 works in 450 publications in 6 languages and 29,434 library holdings
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Author of introduction, Publishing director
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Most widely held works about Alan Wolfe
Most widely held works by Alan Wolfe
Is there a culture war? : a dialogue on values and American public life by James Davison Hunter( )

16 editions published in 2006 in English and Swedish and held by 2,250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Red and Blue states ... the "Religious Right" and the "Liberal Media" ... NASCAR dads and soccer moms ... Is America clearly and bitterly divided? Are today's social and political differences truly worrisome, or the unavoidable products of a diverse democracy? In Is There a Culture War? two leading authorities on political culture lead a provocative examination of division and unity within America. Long before most pundits and analysts considered the notion of a "culture war," James Davison Hunter and Alan Wolfe were laying the groundwork for the debate. Now, for the first time, these two important thinkers join in dialogue to search for the truth about America's cultural condition. Two other brilliant voices enter the forum, commenting on Hunter's and Wolfe's views--historian Gertrude Himmelfarb and Morris Fiorina, author of Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America."--Publisher's website
Does American democracy still work? by Alan Wolfe( )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 2,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Voters who know little about issues, leaders who bend rules with little fear of reprisal, and political parties that are losing the ability to mobilize citizens have all contributed to a worrisome new politics of democracy, Wolfe argues. He offers a brilliant analysis of how religion and morality have replaced political and economic self-interest as guiding principles, and how a dangerous populism promotes a radical form of elitism. Without laying blame on one party or ideology and without claiming that matters will improve with one party or the other in office, Wolfe instead suggests that Americans need to understand the danger their own indifference poses and take political matters more seriously."--Jacket
Christianity and American democracy by Hugh Heclo( )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christianity, not religion in general, has been important for American democracy. With this bold thesis, Hugh Heclo offers a panoramic view of how Christianity and democracy have shaped each other. Heclo shows that amid deeply felt religious differences, a Protestant colonial society gradually convinced itself of the truly Christian reasons for, as well as the enlightened political advantages of, religious liberty. By the mid-twentieth century, American democracy and Christianity appeared locked in a mutual embrace. But it was a problematic union vulnerable to fundamental challenge in the Sixties. Despite the subsequent rise of the religious right and glib talk of a conservative Republican theocracy, Heclo sees a longer-term, reciprocal estrangement between Christianity and American democracy. Responding to his challenging argument, Mary Jo Bane, Michael Kazin, and Alan Wolfe criticize, qualify, and amend it. Heclo's rejoinder suggests why both secularists and Christians should worry about a coming rupture between the Christian and democratic faiths. The result is a lively debate about a momentous tension in American public life
The Human difference : animals, computers, and the necessity of social science by Alan Wolfe( )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

School choice : the moral debate by Alan Wolfe( )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 1,913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book, a collection of essays by leading philosophers, historians, legal scholars, and theologians, addresses the moral and normative side of school choice. The twelve essays, commissioned for a conference on school choice that took place at Boston College in 2001, are organized into four sections that consider the relationship of school choice to equality, moral pluralism, institutional ecology, and constitutionality
Religion and democracy in the United States : danger or opportunity? by Alan Wolfe( )

18 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The United States remains a deeply religious country and religion plays an inextricably critical role in American politics. Controversy over issues such as abortion is fueled by opposition in the Catholic Church and among conservative Protestants, candidates for the presidency are questioned about their religious beliefs, and the separation of church and state remains hotly contested. While the examination of religion's influence in politics has long been neglected, in the last decade the subject has finally garnered the attention it deserves. In Religion and Democracy in the United States, prominent scholars consider the ways Americans understand the relationship between their religious beliefs and the political arena. --From publisher's description
An intellectual in public by Alan Wolfe( )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this new collection of essays spanning seven years of contributions to The New Republic, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly and other prominent publications, Wolfe displays the courage necessary to write honestly - yet free of ideology, cant, and piety - about the things Americans take very seriously." "Wolfe thinks big; indeed, the essays in An Intellectual in Public confront many of the most controversial issues of our time: country, God, race, sex, material consumption, and left and right. Beginning and ending the book are original essays describing the public intellectual's role, and how Wolfe believes that role ought to be filled."--BOOK JACKET
Whose keeper? : social science and moral obligation by Alan Wolfe( Book )

19 editions published between 1984 and 1991 in English and held by 1,464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Return to greatness : how America lost its sense of purpose and what it needs to do to recover it by Alan Wolfe( )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Has America, in its quest for goodness, sacrificed its sense of greatness? In this historically informed book, veteran political observer Alan Wolfe argues that most Americans show greater concern with saving the country's soul than with making the nation great." "Wolfe castigates both conservatives and liberals for opting for small-mindedness over greatness. No great society, in Wolfe's view, has ever been built on the cheap. Wolfe notes that neither the conservatives' call for small-scale faith-based initiatives nor the recent embrace on the left of a grassroots "civil society" can provide health care to tens of millions of uninsured Americans or ensure national security in an age of terrorism." "To find better solutions, Wolfe looks back at specific moments in our national experience, when, in the face of sharp resistance, aspirations for the idea of national greatness shaped American history. Steeped in a panoramic reading of history, Return to Greatness offers a fresh take on American national identity and purpose. A call to action for a renewed embrace of the ideal of an activist federal government and bold policy agendas, it is sure to become a centerpiece of national debate."--Jacket
One nation, after all : what middle-class Americans really think about : God, country, family, racism, welfare, immigration, homosexuality, work, the right, the left, and each other by Alan Wolfe( Book )

25 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 1,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What does it mean to be an American today? What does it mean to be middle class? Public opinion polls tell us that the nation is deeply divided between the Right, which is religious, traditional, as well as distressed by the belief that the nation has gone seriously downhill, and the Left, which is pro-choice, pro-welfare, as well as sympathetic to multiculturalism and gay rights. After spending two years speaking with middle-class Americans of many religious and ethnic backgrounds in eight different communities around the country, leading sociologist Alan Wolfe comes to the surprising conclusion that we are in fact one nation, after all
America at century's end( Book )

15 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 1,236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life in America today bears little resemblance to that of forty or fifty years ago. In some ways Americans are more prosperous and secure, but at the same time AIDS, crack, hopelessness, latchkey children, and surrogate mothers are all indicators that the pace of change has outstripped the ability of our institutions to adapt. America at Century's End allows us to see ourselves anew, comprehensively, and in the full flux of the immense changes in American life--from child-rearing to home buying, from workplace relations to international relations
The transformation of American religion : how we actually live our faith by Alan Wolfe( Book )

23 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On the face of it, religion in America seems to be booming. Church attendance remains high and God talk is omnipresent. Yet after traveling across the country, visiting with clergy, joining in worship services, and digesting reports from every corner of the land, Wolfe discovered that the reality of religion as we actually practice it is utterly different from the stereotype. Gone is the language of sin and damnation. Forgotten are all the doctrinal differences that were once of burning importance. Worship and prayer serve the needs of the inner self. Witnessing is another lifestyle option."--Jacket
Moral freedom : the impossible idea that defines the way we live now by Alan Wolfe( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 996 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moral Freedom reveals the advantages and painful difficulties of living in a society where, for the first time in history, rather than simply accepting strict conventions, each individual struggles to forge a moral life. Shedding light on Americans' guiding principles are Wolfe's findings in eight very different communities: from the Castro district in San Francisco to Tipton, Iowa, a classic American small town; from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, to Fall River, Massachusetts. Hard on the heels of political and economic freedom, Wolfe concludes, an exhilarating and unnerving new era of moral freedom has indeed arrived
The seamy side of democracy: repression in America by Alan Wolfe( Book )

19 editions published between 1973 and 1978 in English and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The limits of legitimacy : political contradictions of contemporary capitalism by Alan Wolfe( Book )

38 editions published between 1977 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The future of liberalism by Alan Wolfe( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compelling and deeply felt exploration and defense of liberalism: what it actually is, why it is relevant today, and how it can help our society chart a forward course. This book represents four decades of thinking and writing about contemporary politics by Alan Wolfe, one of America's leading scholars. Wolfe mines the bedrock of the liberal tradition, explaining how Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, John Dewey, and other celebrated minds helped shape liberalism's central philosophy. Wolfe also examines those who have challenged liberalism since its inception, from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to modern conservatives, religious fundamentalists, and evolutionary theorists. He analyzes and applauds liberalism's capacious conception of human nature, belief that people outweigh ideology, passion for social justice, faith in reason and intellectual openness, and respect for individualism. And we see how the liberal tradition can influence and illuminate contemporary debates on immigration, abortion, executive power, religious freedom, and free speech.--From publisher description
America's impasse : the rise and fall of the politics of growth by Alan Wolfe( Book )

16 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and Japanese and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An End to political science: the Caucus papers by Marvin Surkin( Book )

11 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rise and fall of the 'Soviet threat' : domestic sources of the cold war consensus by Alan Wolfe( Book )

22 editions published between 1975 and 1984 in English and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Political evil : what it is and how to combat it by Alan Wolfe( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Political science professor Alan Wolfe examines the presence of evil in politics, describes situations in which it was prominent, and offers strategies for confronting it
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School choice : the moral debate
Does American democracy still work?Christianity and American democracyThe Human difference : animals, computers, and the necessity of social scienceSchool choice : the moral debateReligion and democracy in the United States : danger or opportunity?An intellectual in publicWhose keeper? : social science and moral obligationReturn to greatness : how America lost its sense of purpose and what it needs to do to recover it
Alternative Names
Alan Wolfe American political scientist

Alan Wolfe Amerikaans politicoloog

Wolfe, Alan

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