Doubt and the Demands of Democratic Citizenship
The triumph of democracy has been heralded as one of the greatest achievements of the twentieth century, yet it seems to be in a relatively fragile condition in the United States, if one is to judge by the proliferation of editorials, essays, and books that focus on politics and distrust of government. Doubt and the Demands of Democratic Citizenship explores the reasons fo...more
Published June 26th 2006 by Cambridge University Press
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Informative and well-organized. This book really made me think about how American democracy could be more effective as a whole, as well as the way citizenship and American ideas about citizenship need to change. I found the first two chapters (there are only 6) to be a bit dense and difficult to follow. Luckily, the concepts Hiley is discussing there are clarified in the three case study chapters that follow. The way Hiley integrates both contemporary and enlightenment texts to make his argument...more