Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education

Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education

by Danielle S. Allen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226014673

ISBN-13: 9780226014678

Pub. Date: 11/01/2006

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

"Don't Talk to Strangers" is the advice long given to children by parents of all classes and races. Today it has blossomed into a fundamental precept of civic education, reflecting interracial distrust, personal and political alienation, and a profound suspicion of others. In this powerful and eloquent essay, Danielle Allen, a 2001 MacArthur Fellow, takes this maxim…  See more details below

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"Don't Talk to Strangers" is the advice long given to children by parents of all classes and races. Today it has blossomed into a fundamental precept of civic education, reflecting interracial distrust, personal and political alienation, and a profound suspicion of others. In this powerful and eloquent essay, Danielle Allen, a 2001 MacArthur Fellow, takes this maxim back to Little Rock, rooting out the seeds of distrust to replace them with "a citizenship of political friendship." Returning to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954 and to the famous photograph of Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine, being cursed by fellow "citizen" Hazel Bryan, Allen argues that we have yet to complete the transition to political friendship that this moment offered.

By combining brief readings of philosophers and political theorists with personal reflections on race politics in Chicago, Allen proposes strikingly practical techniques of citizenship. These tools of political friendship, Allen contends, can help us become more trustworthy to others and overcome the fossilized distrust among us. Sacrifice is the key concept that bridges citizenship and trust, according to Allen. She uncovers the ordinary, daily sacrifices citizens make to keep democracy working-and offers methods for recognizing and reciprocating those sacrifices. Trenchant, incisive, and ultimately hopeful, Talking to Strangers is nothing less than a manifesto for a revitalized democratic citizenry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226014678
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1Little Rock, a new beginning3
2Old myths and new epiphanies9
3Sacrifice, a democratic fact25
4Sacrifice and citizenship37
5Imperfect democracy53
6Imperfect people69
7Imperfect pearls/imperfect ideals85
8Beyond invisible citizens101
9Brotherhood, love, and a political friendship119
10Rhetoric, a good thing140
11Epilogue161

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