The Resource Individuality and mass democracy : Mill, Emerson, and the burdens of citizenship, Alex Zakaras

Individuality and mass democracy : Mill, Emerson, and the burdens of citizenship, Alex Zakaras

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Individuality and mass democracy : Mill, Emerson, and the burdens of citizenship
Title
Individuality and mass democracy
Title remainder
Mill, Emerson, and the burdens of citizenship
Statement of responsibility
Alex Zakaras
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Democracy, unlike any other form of government, demands that citizens take responsibility for their politics. And yet, over the past fifty years, observers of American democracy have worried that Americans are failing to do so. With occasional exceptions, voter turnout and civic engagement are declining, and the average citizen's knowledge of public affairs is flimsy at best. Citizens' political posture is mostly passive: they receive political propaganda designed by marketing professionals and consume staged political spectacles that are scarcely distinguishable from other forms of "reality" entertainment. The Rockwellian ideal of democracy--participatory, deliberative, egalitarian--that still captivates our imaginations is for the most part anachronistic. How should we respond to these worries? Alex Zakaras argues that we must develop an ideal of citizenship suitable for mass society. To do so, he turns to a pair of nineteenth-century philosophers--John Stuart Mill and Ralph Waldo Emerson--who were among the first to confront the specific challenge of making mass democracy work, and whose moral and political insights are deeply relevant to America today. He focuses especially on the idea of individuality, which lies at the very center of their theories of democracy. Individuality emphasizes each citizen's personal complicity in the injustices committed by democratic officials, and calls on each of us to resist such complicity by speaking and acting against injustice. Individuality suggests that those of us who do more that vote--who otherwise lead strictly private lives--are guilty of moral and civic negligence
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1976-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Zakaras, Alex
Index
index present
LC call number
JC423
LC item number
.Z35 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Mill, John Stuart
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo
  • Mill, John Stuart
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo
  • Mill, John Stuart
  • Democracy
  • Individualiteit
  • Democratie
  • Demokratie
  • Individuum
  • Democracy
Label
Individuality and mass democracy : Mill, Emerson, and the burdens of citizenship, Alex Zakaras
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. Democratic individuality -- 1. Responsible citizenship -- 2. Docility and democracy -- 3. The ideal of individuality -- pt. II. Emerson -- 4. The docile individual -- 5. Emersonian transitions -- 6. Withdrawal from complicity -- pt. III. Mill -- 7. Conformity and subjection -- 8. The active mind -- 9. Individuality and civic virtue -- pt. IV. Conclusion -- 10. The burdens of citizenship
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
252 pages
Isbn
9780195384680
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009279507
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)456837084
  • (OCoLC)ocn456837084
Label
Individuality and mass democracy : Mill, Emerson, and the burdens of citizenship, Alex Zakaras
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
Contents
pt. I. Democratic individuality -- 1. Responsible citizenship -- 2. Docility and democracy -- 3. The ideal of individuality -- pt. II. Emerson -- 4. The docile individual -- 5. Emersonian transitions -- 6. Withdrawal from complicity -- pt. III. Mill -- 7. Conformity and subjection -- 8. The active mind -- 9. Individuality and civic virtue -- pt. IV. Conclusion -- 10. The burdens of citizenship
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
252 pages
Isbn
9780195384680
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009279507
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)456837084
  • (OCoLC)ocn456837084

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