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Antidemocracy in America: Truth, Power, and the Republic at Risk

Antidemocracy in America: Truth, Power, and the Republic at Risk

Antidemocracy in America is a collective effort to understand the fragility of American democracy and how to protect it from the buried contradictions that Trump's victory brought into view. It offers essays from leading scholars on topics including race, religion, gender, civil ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780231190107
Barcode 9780231190107
Published 15 May 2019 by Columbia University Press
Format Hardback
Author(s) Edited by Klinenberg, Eric
Edited by Marcus, Sharon
Edited by Zaloom, Caitlin
Contributions by Anderson, Michelle Wilde
Contributions by Wade, Lisa
Series Public Books Series
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ISBN-13 9780231190107
ISBN-10 0231190107
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher Columbia University Press
Imprint Columbia University Press
Publication Date 15 May 2019
International Publication Date 25 June 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) Edited by Klinenberg, Eric
Edited by Marcus, Sharon
Edited by Zaloom, Caitlin
Contributions by Anderson, Michelle Wilde
Contributions by Wade, Lisa
Series Public Books Series
Category Political Structures: Democracy
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Trump, Donald, Conservatism - United States - History - 21st century, Political culture - United States - 21st century, United States - Politics and government - 2017-
NBS Text Government & Constitution
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 306.20973
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

On Election Day in 2016, it seemed unthinkable to many Americans that Donald Trump could become president of the United States. But the victories of the Obama administration hid from view fundamental problems deeply rooted in American social institutions and history. The election's consequences drastically changed how Americans experience their country, especially for those threatened by the public outburst of bigotry and repression. Amid the deluge of tweets and breaking news stories that turn each day into a political soap opera, it can be difficult to take a step back and see the big picture. To confront the threats we face, we must recognize that the Trump presidency is a symptom, not the malady. Antidemocracy in America is a collective effort to understand how we got to this point and what can be done about it. Assembled by the sociologist Eric Klinenberg as well as the editors of the online magazine Public Books, Caitlin Zaloom and Sharon Marcus, it offers essays from many of the nation's leading scholars, experts on topics including race, religion, gender, civil liberties, protest, inequality, immigration, climate change, national security, and the role of the media. Antidemocracy in America places our present in international and historical context, considering the worldwide turn toward authoritarianism and its varied precursors. Each essay seeks to inform our understanding of the fragility of American democracy and suggests how to protect it from the buried contradictions that Trump's victory brought into public view.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This book offers readers more than respite from the relentless buzz of tweets, shares, and posts that overcrowd our daily consciousness; it supplies a beneficial point of departure for thinking critically about the direction of our political life in these challenging times. Antidemocracy in America is thoughtfully curated and insightful. -- Anthony S. Chen, author of <i>The Fifth Freedom: Jobs, Politics, and Civil Rights in the United States, 1941-1972</i>

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Author's Bio

Eric Klinenberg is professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. His most recent book is Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (2018). Caitlin Zaloom is associate professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. She is the author of Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London (2006) and Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost (2019) and cofounder and coeditor in chief of Public Books. Sharon Marcus is Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (2007) and The Drama of Celebrity (2019) and cofounder and coeditor in chief of Public Books.

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