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Democracy on trial, Jean Bethke Elshtain

Label
Democracy on trial
Title
Democracy on trial
Statement of responsibility
Jean Bethke Elshtain
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Even as Russia and the other former Soviet republics struggle to redefine themselves in democratic terms, our own democracy is faltering, not flourishing. We confront one another as aggrieved groups rather than as free citizens. Cynicism, boredom, apathy, despair, violence - these have become coin of the civic realm. They are dark signs of the times and a warning that democracy may not be up to the task of satisfying the yearnings it unleashes - yearnings for freedom, fairness, and equality. In this timely, thought-provoking book, one of America's leading political philosophers and public intellectuals questions whether democracy will prove sufficiently robust and resilient to survive the century. Beginning with a catalogue of our discontents, Jean Bethke Elshtain asks what has gone wrong and why. She draws on examples from America and other parts of the world as she explores the politics of race, ethnicity, and gender identity - controversial, and essential, political issues of our day. Insisting that there is much to cherish in our democratic traditions, she concludes that democracy involves a permanent clash between conservatism and progressive change. Elshtain distinguishes her own position from those of both the Left and the Right, demonstrating why she has been called one of our most interesting and independent civic thinkers. Responding to critics of democracy, ancient and modern, Elshtain urges us to have the courage of our most authentic democratic convictions. We need, she insists, both hope and a sense of reality. Writing her book for citizens, not experts, Elshtain aims to open up a dialogue and to move us beyond sterile sectarian disputes. Democracy on Trial is a book of and for these times, but one that both links us to the past and looks forward to a brave democratic future, for ourselves and our posterity. Written in what one critic has called "Elshtain's bold, idiosyncratic style," this book cannot be pigeonholed ideologically. Democracy on Trial will generate wide debate and controversy
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1941-2013
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Elshtain, Jean Bethke
Dewey number
320/.973
Index
index present
LC call number
JK31
LC item number
.E57 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Democracy
  • United States
  • Démocratie
  • États-Unis
  • Democratie
  • Politieke situatie
Label
Democracy on trial, Jean Bethke Elshtain
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [139]-148) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
30895131
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xvii, 153 pages
Isbn
9780465016167
Lccn
94031665
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1627812
Label
Democracy on trial, Jean Bethke Elshtain
Publication
Note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [139]-148) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
30895131
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xvii, 153 pages
Isbn
9780465016167
Lccn
94031665
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1627812

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