The "better Angels" of Capitalism: Rhetoric, Narrative, and Moral Identity Among Men of the American Upper Class
What does it mean to be a man of wealth and power? How is the “worth” of wealth translated into moral worth in the identity of wealthy men? How does this identity comprise a mythical place of masculine desire in the social imagination of the American dream? These are the central themes The “Better Angels” of Capitalism explores.Beginning with a series of ethnographic interviews of a variety of wealthy American men, Andrew Herman roots his discussion in the concerns of interpretive sociology of class and culture. However, he draws upon diverse perspectives within the humanities and social sciences, including history, political and social philosophy, feminist theory, rhetorical studies, cultural anthropology, and literary criticism, to present a coherent exploration of the sociopolitical implications of being wealthy in an economically unequal—and increasingly unstable—society.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Emplacement and Emplotment in the Moral Economy
Wealth Power and Narrativity
12 other sections not shown
able Accordingly accumulation of wealth Adam Smith analysis Andrew Carnegie argue articulated auto-)biographical narrative autonomy Balbus better angels Bey's Boston Brahmin capitalism capitalist Carnegie Carnegie's citizen citizenship civic humanists civic republican civic virtue coherent commercial conjuring constituted cultural Dahlin desire economy of wealth embodied emplotment and emplacement empowerment enacted entails enterprise entrepreneur ethical extended patrimony fortune and virtue Foucault Founder homo mercator inherited inheritors institutions John Lowell leverage Lowell Lowell Institute Machiavelli manifested destiny masculine means moral character moral economy moral identity moral space Mount Auburn narrative of fortune Norris Norris's one's perspective philanthropic beneficence political possession power/knowledge practice praxeology present produced provides rationality realm relationship Renaissance rhetorical Schwartz Scottish Enlightenment selfhood sense social imaginary society sovereign individuality spatial story Steward-Citizen Steward-Entrepreneur story space symbolic teleology territory tion transformation trust truth understanding virtuous vocation wealth and power