The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals about the Future of Individual Freedom by Mark Weiner (Hardback, 2013)
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- DescriptionA revealing look at the role kin-based societies have played throughout history and around the worldA lively, wide-ranging meditation on human development that offers surprising lessons for the future of modern individualism, The Rule of the Clan examines the constitutional principles and cultural institutions of kin-based societies, from medieval Iceland to modern Pakistan. Mark S. Weiner, an expert in constitutional law and legal history, shows us that true individual freedom depends on the existence of a robust state dedicated to the public interest. In the absence of a healthy state, he explains, humans naturally tend to create legal structures centered t on individuals but rather on extended family groups. The modern liberal state makes individualism possible by keeping this powerful drive in check and we igre the continuing threat to liberal values and institutions at our peril. At the same time, for modern individualism to survive, liberals must also ackwledge the profound social and psychological benefits the rule of the clan provides and recognize the loss humanity sustains in its transition to modernity. Masterfully argued and filled with rich historical detail, Weiner's investigation speaks both to modern liberal societies and to developing nations riven by clannism, including Muslim societies in the wake of the Arab Spring.
- Author BiographyMark S. Weiner teaches constitutional law and legal history at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. He is the author of Black Trials: Citizenship from the Beginnings of Slavery to the End of Caste, recipient of the Silver Gavel Award of the American Bar Association; and Americans without Law: The Racial Boundaries of Citizenship, recipient of the President's Book Award of the Social Science History Association. He lives with his wife in Connecticut.
- Author(s)Mark Weiner
- PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
- Date of Publication12/03/2013
- SubjectPolitical Science & Theory
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFarrar, Straus and Giroux
- Out-of-print date31/03/2016
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight463 g
- Width161 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards,With dust jacket
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