By Michael Bronski
<b>Winner of a 2012 Stonewall publication Award in nonfiction
</b>A Queer background of the United States is greater than a “who’s who” of queer heritage: it's a booklet that significantly demanding situations how we comprehend American historical past. Drawing upon primary-source files, literature, and cultural histories, student and activist Michael Bronski charts the breadth of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender historical past, from 1492 to the 1990s.
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24 Interest Concluding Comments The main point of this chapter has been to show that there exist many diﬀerent traditions of thought in which the concept of interest has played an important role, and that this contributes to its richness. What unites all of these traditions is that they (1) use the concept of interest to penetrate deeper into human behaviour; (2) use the concept of interest in a very ﬂexible manner; and (3) apply the concept of interest to a number of very diﬀerent phenomena. The way that the concept of interest was used during its ﬁrst few centuries of existence allowed the analyst to burrow beneath the surface, down to deeper causes.
In Capital, on the other hand, the concept of interest is basically absent from the economic analysis, which is presented with the help of a new set of terms that Marx had developed in his attempt to better understand the nature of capital (surplus value, variable capital, primitive accumulation, and so on). But it is also possible to ﬁnd some echoes from the eighteenth-century use of the term ‘interest’ in Capital; and one example of this would be Marx’s reference to ‘the most violent, mean and malignant passions of the human breast, the Furies of private interest’ (Marx  1906: 15).
In this type of literature it has also been noted that ‘the category of interest plays a fundamental part in de Tocqueville’s sociological analysis’ (Boudon and Bourricaud 1989: 421). It is indeed true that the concept of interest plays an important role in Tocqueville’s work. None the less, it would also seem that Tocqueville is better characterized as a kind of transitional ﬁgure in social science, and that his work is situated somewhere in the grey zone between early social theory and the type of analysis that towards the end of the nineteenth century became known as sociology.
A Queer History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) by Michael Bronski