Open Institutions

Overview

Democratization involves far more than instituting a few democratic practices, such as universal sufferage. Instead, people must be able to debate issues, have access to diverse sources of information, be able to tolerate viewpoints that are disliked, and have access to every aspect of government. But before today's society can be considered truly democratic, the entire culture must be democratized. Thus persons will demand autonomy and the freedom required to be self-governed.

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Overview

Democratization involves far more than instituting a few democratic practices, such as universal sufferage. Instead, people must be able to debate issues, have access to diverse sources of information, be able to tolerate viewpoints that are disliked, and have access to every aspect of government. But before today's society can be considered truly democratic, the entire culture must be democratized. Thus persons will demand autonomy and the freedom required to be self-governed.

Yet, as Murphy and Peck and the analysts brought together for this collection point out, self-government or democracy does not occur in a vacuum. Democracy will occur only when personal autonomy, critical thought, and the desire for self-government are encouraged by social institutions. In this collection, these and other considerations related to real, participatory democracy are the focus of attention. As such the volume will be of concern to political sociologists and those interested in social change.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275940287
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1992
  • Pages: 212
  • Lexile: 1380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN W. MURPHY is Professor of Sociology at the University of Miami. His most recent book is Computerization of Human Service Agencies (Auburn House, 1990).

DENNIS L. PECK is Professor of Sociology at the University of Alabama and the editor of Sociological Inquiry. His most recent book is The Psychosocial Effects of Hazardous Waste Disposal on Communities.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Science as an Open Institution 9
2 Technology Assessment and the Crisis of Science 23
3 The Emerging Workplace 37
4 Window of Opportunity: Educational Reform and Progressive Education 55
5 Mass Media and Democracy 77
6 Community Empowerment Within an Alternative Economy 99
7 The Need for Community-Based Health Policy: A Challenge for Democracy 123
8 A Socially Sensitive Criminal Justice System 141
9 Decentering Social Relations 161
10 The Public Domain 177
Suggested Readings 193
Index 195
About the Editors and Contributors 199
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