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Challenges of ordinary democracy : a case study in deliberation and dissent

Author: Karen Tracy
Publisher: University Park : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2010.
Series: Rhetoric and democratic deliberation.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Analyzes the practice and meanings of democratic decision making through an extended case study of school board meetings in one western U.S. community. Argues that for communication conduct in local governance bodies, reasonable hostility is a more promising ideal than civility"--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Tracy
ISBN: 9780271036892 0271036893
OCLC Number: 497884536
Description: xii, 251 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Contents List of Figures and TablesAcknowledgments1. Public Meetings: Ordinary Democracy's Home2. A Historical Snapshot: Three Years of BVSD Life3. "Democracy": An Ideal with Traction4. Citizen Participation, Doing Dissent5. Newspapers in the Cycle of Political Upheaval6. The Campaign: The Usefulness of Platitudes and Personal Attack7. A Fight over Words and Policy8. One Meeting: Six Observations9. Reasonable Hostility in Ordinary DemocracyPostscript: Education Governance in Twenty-First-Century AmericaAppendix: The Method and DataReferencesIndex
Series Title: Rhetoric and democratic deliberation.
Responsibility: Karen Tracy.

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