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Attention Deficit Democracy: The Paradox of Civic Engagement

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Handwringing about political apathy is as old as democracy itself. As early as 425 BC, the playwright Aristophanes ridiculed his fellow Athenians for gossiping in the market instead of voting. In more recent decades, calls for greater civic engagement as a democratic cure-all have met with widespread agreement. But how realistic--or helpful--is it to expect citizens to dev ...more
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published September 11th 2011 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Caroline Stewart
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Prior to reading this book, I admit that I'd never given a thought to the term "civic engagement." And being somebody who has an almost embarrassingly paltry interest in politics, I thought that I would be overwhelmed by the dicussions of Tocqueville and Arendt. But the book was extremely well written -- the author provided detailed backgrounds that made it easy to follow the arguments. Moreover, the allusions to historical figures and events added depth to the theories by serving as concrete ex ...more
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