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Democracy in Suburbia

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Suburbanization is often blamed for a loss of civic engagement in contemporary America. How justified is this claim? Just what is a suburb? How do social environments shape civic life? Looking beyond popular stereotypes, Democracy in Suburbia answers these questions by examining how suburbs influence citizen participation in community and public affairs. Eric Oliver offers ...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published August 26th 2001 by Princeton University Press (first published August 13th 2001)
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Christopher
May 25, 2007 Christopher rated it it was amazing
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Dry. Dry like burnt toast. Dry like Oscar Wilde. Dry like baby powder. But damn if it isn't the best analysis of the impact of suburban living on the quality of democracy.

The central thesis is that suburbs strip away the social networks required for a healthy, functional democracy and replace them with an insular, paranoid, parochial string of minor fiefdoms that breed a sort of extremism of elitists. This system in turn poisons the democratic process since fewer and fewer Americans have an int
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