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Avoiding Politics : How Americans Produce Apathy in Everyday Life
by Nina Eliasoph and Steven Seidman and Jeffrey C. Alexander

Overview - Nina Eliasoph's portraits of American civic life offer a culture of political avoidance. Despite the importance for democracy of open-ended political conversation among ordinary citizens, many Americans try hard to avoid appearing to care about politics.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Nina Eliasoph's portraits of American civic life offer a culture of political avoidance. Despite the importance for democracy of open-ended political conversation among ordinary citizens, many Americans try hard to avoid appearing to care about politics. To discover how, where and why Americans create this culture of avoidance, Dr Eliasoph accompanied suburban volunteers, activists and recreation club members for over two years, listening to them talk - and avoid talking - about the wider world, together and in encounters with government, media and corporate authorities. She shows how citizens create and express ideas in everyday life, contrasting their privately expressed convictions with their lack of public political engagement. Her book challenges received ideas about culture, power and democracy, while exposing the hard work of producing apathy.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780521587594
  • ISBN-10: 052158759X
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publish Date: March 2005
  • Page Count: 330

Series: Cambridge Cultural Social Studies (Paperback)

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Books > Political Science > American Government - General
Books > Social Science > Anthropology - Cultural
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