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Civility: A Cultural History / Edition 1
     

Civility: A Cultural History / Edition 1

by Benet Davetian
 

ISBN-10: 0802097227

ISBN-13: 9780802097224

Pub. Date: 04/18/2009

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Cut off in traffic? Bumped without apology on the subway? Forced to listen to a profane conversation in a public space? In today's Western societies, many feel that there has been a noticeable and marked decrease in mutual consideration in both public and private settings. Are we less civil now than in the past? Benet Davetian's masterful study Civility: A

Overview

Cut off in traffic? Bumped without apology on the subway? Forced to listen to a profane conversation in a public space? In today's Western societies, many feel that there has been a noticeable and marked decrease in mutual consideration in both public and private settings. Are we less civil now than in the past? Benet Davetian's masterful study Civility: A Cultural History responds to this question through a historical, social, and psychological discussion of the civility practices in three nations - England, France, and the United States.

Davetian's rich, multi-dimensional review of civility from 1200 to the present day provides an in-depth analysis of the social and personal psychology of human interaction and charts a new course for the study and understanding of civility and civil society. Civility addresses major topics in public discourse today regarding the ideals and practices of civility and the possibility of a future civility ethic capable of inspiring cooperation across cultural and national boundaries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802097224
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
04/18/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I: The Genealogy of Western Courtesy and Civility

From Barbarism to Courtly Manners
Secular Civility in the Renaissance
Shifts in Identity and Awareness: Protestantism and the Enlightenment
French Court Society, the French Revolution, and the Paradoxes of French Civility
England and the Victorian Ethic
The American Experience: Democracy and Informal Civility

Part II: The Rise of the Late-Modern American Self

Conformity, Opposition, and Identity

Part III: The Multifaceted Anatomy of Civility

Towards a Cultural Sociology of Civility

Part IV: Contemporary French, American, and English Civility and Interaction

A Comparative Field Study of France, America, and England

Part V: Summing Up

Civilizing and Recivilizing Processes

Bibliography

Index

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