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The Resource Good neighbors : the democracy of everyday life in America, Nancy L. Rosenblum

Good neighbors : the democracy of everyday life in America, Nancy L. Rosenblum

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Good neighbors : the democracy of everyday life in America
Title
Good neighbors
Title remainder
the democracy of everyday life in America
Statement of responsibility
Nancy L. Rosenblum
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Love thy neighbor" is an impossible exhortation. Good neighbors greet us on the street and do small favors, but neighbors also startle us with sounds at night and unleash their demons on us, they monitor and reproach us, and betray us to authorities. The moral principles prescribed for friendship, civil society, and democratic public life apply imperfectly to life around home, where we interact day to day without the formal institutions, rules of conduct, and means of enforcement that guide us in other settings. In Good Neighbors, Nancy Rosenblum explores how encounters among neighbors create a democracy of everyday life, which has been with us since the beginning of American history and is expressed in settler, immigrant, and suburban narratives and in novels, poetry, and popular culture. During disasters, like Hurricane Katrina, the democracy of everyday life is a resource for neighbors who improvise rescue and care. Degraded, this framework can give way to betrayal by neighbors, as faced by the Japanese Americans interned during World War II, or to terrible violence such as the lynching of African Americans. Under extreme conditions the barest act of neighborliness is a bulwark against total ethical breakdown. The elements of the democracy of everyday life--reciprocity, speaking out, and "live and let live"--Comprise a democratic ideal not reducible to public principles of justice or civic virtue, but it is no less important. The democracy of everyday life, Rosenblum argues, is the deep substrate of democracy in America and can be its saving remnant.--
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1947-
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Rosenblum, Nancy L.
Dewey number
307.33620973
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Civil society
  • Democracy
  • Neighborliness
Label
Good neighbors : the democracy of everyday life in America, Nancy L. Rosenblum
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: Good neighbor nation -- Part I. The lay of the land. -- 1. Who is my neighbor? -- 2. Narrative threads : settlers, immigrants, and suburban "grotesques" -- Part II. The democracy of everyday life. -- 3. Reciprocity among "decent folk" -- 4. Taking offense, speaking out -- 5. What anyone would do, here -- 6. Live and let live -- Part III. Holding our lives in their hands. -- 7. Betrayal -- 8. Killing -- 9. Disasters -- Part IV. Minding our own business. -- 10. Thoreau's neighbors -- Conclusion: Political theory and the democracy of everyday life in America
Control code
FIEb17847631
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
301 pages
Isbn
9780691169439
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)933596236
Label
Good neighbors : the democracy of everyday life in America, Nancy L. Rosenblum
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
Introduction: Good neighbor nation -- Part I. The lay of the land. -- 1. Who is my neighbor? -- 2. Narrative threads : settlers, immigrants, and suburban "grotesques" -- Part II. The democracy of everyday life. -- 3. Reciprocity among "decent folk" -- 4. Taking offense, speaking out -- 5. What anyone would do, here -- 6. Live and let live -- Part III. Holding our lives in their hands. -- 7. Betrayal -- 8. Killing -- 9. Disasters -- Part IV. Minding our own business. -- 10. Thoreau's neighbors -- Conclusion: Political theory and the democracy of everyday life in America
Control code
FIEb17847631
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
301 pages
Isbn
9780691169439
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)933596236

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