The only social contract theory I know about, is the one propounded by Hobbes in The Leviathan. Can one chracterise england at that time as a primarily mercantile community. Have other social contract theories arisen in similar circumstances?
I maybe giving too much emphasis to the word contract in the phrase social contract theory here.
One reason I'm asking this question, is that a contract in the ordinary sense, in something one can give assent to when one is a mature adult. But one becomes an adult in the womb/embrace of a city, one absorbs its manners and its customs naturally, so that one has ties of natural affection, which doesn't come into play in an ordinary contract.