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Good neighbors : the democracy of everyday life in America

Author: Nancy L Rosenblum
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy L Rosenblum
ISBN: 9780691169439 0691169438
OCLC Number: 952448149
Description: 301 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Good Neighbor Nation 1 Part I. The Lay of the Land 21 1. Who Is My Neighbor? 23 2. Narrative Threads: Settlers, Immigrants, and Suburban "Grotesques" 44 Part II. The Democracy of Everyday Life 69 3. Reciprocity among "Decent Folk" 71 4. Taking Offense, Speaking Out 91 5. What Anyone Would Do, Here 108 6. Live and Let Live 131 Part III. Holding Our Lives in Their Hands 151 7. Betrayal 153 8. Killing 174 9. Disasters 200 Part IV. Minding Our Own Business 217 10. Thoreau's Neighbors 219 Conclusion: Political Theory and the Democracy of Everyday Life in America 234 Acknowledgments 249 Notes 251 Index 293
Responsibility: Nancy L. Rosenblum

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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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"[Rosenblum] draws on a wide range of historical, literary, and sociological sources--from the stories of Raymond Carver to an ethnography of Crown Heights, Brooklyn--to produce a kaleidoscopic Read more...

 
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