First published in 1967, this essay in the interpretation of radical social thought deals mainly with the radical theorists rather than the doctrines of social and political movements, but makes an exception in an important discussion of the new radicalism of the 1960s. The author's main concern is to lay bare the connections between intellectual dissent and theories of society, and in so doing to to explore the neglected subject of the heritage of American radical thinking.
Readers of this book will not only emerge enlightened by Professor Bottomore's impressive knowledge of American radical thought, but with a greatly increased understanding of contemporary American history. He ends with the question of whether the new radicalism can find a firmer basis than the student movement or the negro revolt; cn produce an ideology both responsive to the doutbs and complexties of our time and capable of directing action to plausible ends.
' … contrives even in such small compass to introduce and make sense of a mass of material vital to our understanding of the development of American society and relevant to general theories of social change .' - Sociology
'This is an important book, matching in clarity and scholarship his previous study Classes in Modern Society' - Humanist
1. The Growth of Criticism 2. The Progressive Era 3. From the Jazz Age to the Great Crash 4. The New Radicalism 5. Left and Right 6. The Social Movements 7. Socialism and Nationalism in Canada 8. Criticism and Ideology