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A Place for Us: How to Make Society Civil and Democracy Strong

A Place for Us: How to Make Society Civil and Democracy Strong
 

In our crowded, noisy world--too many people, too much crime, too many wars, not enough time--it seems almost impossible to locate and preserve the common ground where a civil society might flourish. Whatever happened to the civic virtue and community life that nourished true dem... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780809076567
Barcode 9780809076567
Published 20 February 2004 by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Barber, Benjamin
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ISBN-13 9780809076567
ISBN-10 080907656X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl
Imprint Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl
Publication Date 20 February 2004
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Barber, Benjamin
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 176
Dimensions Width: 137mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 227g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Sociology & Anthropology: Professional
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code Not specified

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In our crowded, noisy world--too many people, too much crime, too many wars, not enough time--it seems almost impossible to locate and preserve the common ground where a civil society might flourish. Whatever happened to the civic virtue and community life that nourished true democracy? In this provocative, hard-hitting book, political scientist Benjamin Barber tackles these questions head-on and, in answering them, retrieves the ideals of civil society from the nostalgists who want to re-create old-fashioned (and discriminatory) small communities and from the free-marketeers who associate it with unfettered commercial activity. Commentators have been making a fashion of civil society, but they tend to mean many different things by the phrase: this bracingly clear book shows how diverse the various notions are and how best to think about them. Barber proposes practical strategies for making civil society real, for civilizing public discourse and promoting civic debate, and for affirming values beyond those of work and leisure, commerce and bureaucracy.

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