The indigenous influence theory of American democracy

Authors
Citation
Jd. Stubben, The indigenous influence theory of American democracy, SOC SCI Q, 81(3), 2000, pp. 716-731
Citations number
67
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY
ISSN journal
0038-4941 → ACNP
Volume
81
Issue
3
Year of publication
2000
Pages
716 - 731
Database
ISI
SICI code
0038-4941(200009)81:3<716:TIITOA>2.0.ZU;2-M
Abstract
Objective. Scholars have debated the theory that indigenous American societ ies influenced the development of American democratic theories, institution s, and values. The purpose of this research is to examine the research pres ented by the critics and proponents of the indigenous influence theory. Met hods. This research analyzes the writings of historians and other scholars involved in the study of the indigenous influence theory, the writings and speeches of sixteenth- to eighteenth-century European political philosopher s, the founding fathers, and indigenous peoples, and government documents. Results. The scholarly debate has gone beyond proving that indigenous socie ties did influence the development of American democratic norms, values, an d institutions to defining the degree of such influence. Conclusions. Futur e research by the social sciences will add to the multicultural foundations of political theory and democracy.