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Katznelson, Ira

Works: 53 works in 352 publications in 2 languages and 18,632 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Essays  Textbooks 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Publishing director
Classifications: E185.61, 323.119607300904
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ira Katznelson
When affirmative action was white : an untold history of racial inequality in twentieth-century America by Ira Katznelson( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A work that exposes the twisted origins of affirmative action"--Provided by publisher
Fear itself : the New Deal and the origins of our time by Ira Katznelson( Book )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Redefining our traditional understanding of the New Deal, this book finally examines this pivotal American era through a sweeping international lens that juxtaposes a struggling democracy with enticing ideologies like Fascism and Communism. Historian Ira Katznelson asserts that, during the 1930s and 1940s, American democracy was rescued yet distorted by a unified band of southern lawmakers who safeguarded racial segregation as they built a new national state to manage capitalism and assert global power. --From publisher description
The politics of power : a critical introduction to American government by Ira Katznelson( Book )

45 editions published between 1975 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black men, white cities; race, politics, and migration in the United States, 1900-30 and Britain, 1948-68 by Ira Katznelson( Book )

19 editions published between 1973 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schooling for all : class, race, and the decline of the democratic ideal by Ira Katznelson( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

City trenches : urban politics and the patterning of class in the United States by Ira Katznelson( Book )

18 editions published between 1981 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The urban crisis of the 1960s revived a dormant social activism whose protagonists placed their hoped for radical change and political effectiveness in community action. Ironically, the insurgents chose the local community as their terrain for a political battle that in reality involved a few strictly local issues. They failed to achieve their goals, Ira Katznelson argues, not so much because they had chosen their ground badly but because the deep split of the American political landscape into workplace politics and community politics defeats attempts to address grievances or raise demands that break the rules of bread-and-butter unionism on the one hand or of local politics on the other. A fascinating record of the encounter between today's reformers'the community activists'and the powers they challenge. City Trenches is also a probing analysis of the causes of urban instability. Katznelson anatomizes the unique workings of the American urban system which allow it to contain opposition through "machine" politics and, as a last resort, institutional innovation and co-optation, for example, the authorities' own version of decentralization used in the 1960s as a counter to a "community control." Washington Heights'Inwood, a multi-ethnic working-class community in northern Manhattan, provides the setting for an absorbing close-up view of the historical evolution of local politics: the challenge to the system in the 1960s and its reconstitution in the 1970s
Working-class formation : nineteenth-century patterns in Western Europe and the United States by Aristide R Zolberg( Book )

14 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Liberalism's crooked circle : letters to Adam Michnik by Ira Katznelson( Book )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Katznelson's first letter explores how the virtues of socialism, including its moral stand on social justice, can be related to liberalism while overcoming debilitating aspects of the socialist inheritance. The second asks whether liberalism can recognize, appreciate, and manage human difference. Situated in the lineage of efforts by Richard Hofstadter, C. Wright Mills, and Lionel Trilling to "thicken" liberalism, these letters also draw on personal experience in the radical politics of the 1960s and in the dissident culture of East and Central Europe in the years immediately preceding communism's demise
Shaped by war and trade : international influences on American political development( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marxism and the city by Ira Katznelson( Book )

25 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Defeated in the East and discredited in the West, Marxism has broken down as an ideology and as a guide to governance. But, for all its flaws, it remains an important tool for understanding and raising questions about key aspects of modern life. In Marxism and the City Ira Katznelson critically assesses the scholarship on cities that has developed within Marxism in the past quarter century to show how some of the most important weaknesses in Marxism as a social theory can be remedied by forcing it to engage seriously with cities and spatial concerns. He argues that such a Marxism still has a significant contribution to make to the discussion of such historical questions as the transition from feudalism to a world composed of capitalist economies and nation-states and the acquiescence of the western working classes to capitalism. Professor Katznelson demonstrates how a Marxism that embraces complexity and is open to engagement with other social-theoretical traditions can illuminate our understanding of cities and of the patterns of class and group formation that have characterized urban life in the West
Paths of emancipation : Jews, states, and citizenship by Pierre Birnbaum( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout the nineteenth century, legal barriers to Jewish citizenship were lifted in Europe, enabling organized Jewish communities and individuals to alter radically their relationships with the institutions of the Christian West. In this volume, one of the first to offer a comparative overview of the entry of Jews into state and society, eight leading historians analyze the course of emancipation in Holland, Germany, France, England, the United States, and Italy as well as in Turkey and Russia. The goal is to produce a systematic study of the highly diverse paths to emancipation and to e
Desolation and enlightenment : political knowledge after total war, totalitarianism, and the Holocaust by Ira Katznelson( Book )

14 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During and especially after the Second World War, a group of leading scholars who had been perilously close to the war's devastation joined others fortunate enough to have been protected by distance in an effort to redefine and reinvigorate Western liberal ideals for a radically new age. Treating evil as an analytical category, they sought to discover the sources of twentieth-century horror and the potentialities of the modern state in the wake of western desolation. In the process, they devised strikingly new ways to understand politics, sociology, and history that reverberate still. In this major intellectual history, Ira Katznelson examines the works of Hannah Arendt, Robert Dahl, Richard Hofstadter, Harold Lasswell, Charles Lindblom, Karl Polanyi, and David Truman, detailing their engagement with the larger project of reclaiming the West's moral bearing."--Jacket
Liberal beginnings : making a republic for the moderns by Andreas Kalyvas( Book )

14 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Liberal Beginnings examines the origins and development of the modern liberal tradition and explores the relationship between republicanism and liberalism between 1750 and 1830. Andreas Kalyvas and Ira Katznelson consider the diverse settings of Scotland, the American colonies, the new United States, and France and examine the writings of six leading thinkers of this period: Adam Smith, Adam Ferguson, James Madison, Thomas Paine, Germaine de Stael, and Benjamin Constant. The book traces the process by which these thinkers transformed and advanced the republican project, both from within and by introducing new elements from without. Without compromising civic principles or abandoning republican language, they came to see that, unrevised, the republican tradition could not grapple successfully with the political problems of their time. By investing new meanings, arguments, and justifications into existing republican ideas and political forms, these innovators fashioned a doctrine for a modern republic, the core of which was surprisingly liberal."--Jacket
Religion and democracy in the United States : danger or opportunity? by Alan Wolfe( Book )

14 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 355 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
Preferences and situations : points of intersection between historical and rational choice institutionalism by Ira Katznelson( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A scholarly gulf has tended to divide historians, political scientists, and social movement theorists on how people develop and act on their preferences. Rational choice scholars assumed that people - regardless of the time and place in which they live - try to achieve certain goals, like maximizing their personal wealth or power. In contrast, comparative historical scholars have emphasized historical context in explaining people's behavior. Recently, a common emphasis on how institutions - such as unions or governments - influence people's preferences in particular situations has emerged, promising to narrow the divide between the two intellectual camps. In Preferences and Situations, editors Ira Katznelson and Barry R. Weingast seek to expand that common ground by bringing together an esteemed group of contributors to address the ways in which institutions, in their wider historical setting, induce people to behave in certain ways and steer the course of history."--Jacket
Religion and the political imagination by Ira Katznelson( Book )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The theory of secularisation became a virtually unchallenged truth of twentieth-century social science. First sketched out by Enlightenment philosophers, then transformed into an irreversible global process by nineteenth-century thinkers, the theory was given substance by the precipitate drop in religious practice across Western Europe in the 1960s. However, the re-emergence of acute conflicts at the interface between religion and politics has confounded such assumptions. It is clear that these ideas must be rethought. Yet, as this distinguished, international team of scholars reveal, not everything contained in the idea of secularisation was false. Analyses of developments since 1500 reveal a wide spectrum of historical processes: partial secularisation in some spheres has been accompanied by sacralisation in others. Utilising new approaches derived from history, philosophy, politics and anthropology, the essays collected in Religion and the Political Imagination offer new ways of thinking about the urgency of religious issues in the contemporary world"--Résumé de l'éditeur
The Politics & society reader( Book )

7 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anxieties of democracy : Tocquevillean reflections on India and the United States( Book )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is a comparative study of democracy in India and the United States, using as its basis Alexis de Tocqueville's landmark study Democracy in America. It frames the comparison in terms of the distinct trajectories of the United States and India-the former as moving 'from equality' at birth towards new forms of inequality over time, and the latter moving 'towards equality' from an inegalitarian social order at independence. Examining the experience of democracy in two of the world's oldest and largest democracies, the essays discuss the effect of democratization on key elements of public life such as citizenship, religion, capitalism, the struggle for equality, and the status of minorities in both the countries
Religious conversion : history, experience and meaning by Ira Katznelson( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religious conversion - a shift in membership from one community of faith to another - can take diverse forms in radically different circumstances. As the essays in this volume demonstrate, conversion can be protracted or sudden, voluntary or coerced, small-scale or large. It may be the result of active missionary efforts, instrumental decisions, or intellectual or spiritual attraction to a different doctrine and practices. In order to investigate these multiple meanings, and how they may differ across time and space, this collection ranges far and wide across medieval and early modern Europe and beyond. From early Christian pilgrims to fifteenth-century Ethiopia; from the Islamisation of the eastern Mediterranean to Reformation Germany, the volume highlights salient features and key concepts that define religious conversion, particular the Jewish, Muslim and Christian experiences. By probing similarities and variations, continuities and fissures, the volume also extends the range of conversion to focus on matters less commonly examined, such as competition for the meaning of sacred space, changes to bodies, patterns of gender, and the ways conversion has been understood and narrated by actors and observers. In so doing, it promotes a layered approach that deepens inquiry by identifying and suggesting constellations of elements that both compose particular instances of conversion and help make systematic comparisons possible by indicating how to ask comparable questions of often vastly different situations
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When affirmative action was white : an untold history of racial inequality in twentieth-century America
Alternative Names
Ira Katznelson American academic

Ira Katznelson Amerikaans politicoloog

Ira Katznelson US-amerikanischer Zeitgeschichtler und Politologe

Katznelson, Ira I.

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The politics of power : a critical introduction to American governmentCity trenches : urban politics and the patterning of class in the United StatesWorking-class formation : nineteenth-century patterns in Western Europe and the United StatesLiberalism's crooked circle : letters to Adam MichnikShaped by war and trade : international influences on American political developmentMarxism and the cityPaths of emancipation : Jews, states, and citizenshipDesolation and enlightenment : political knowledge after total war, totalitarianism, and the Holocaust