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

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

by Benjamin R. Barber
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Tikkun Magazine
Barber's book is an important antidote to the growing cynicism about the possibility of a democratic culture in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809076567
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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