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The Democratic Imagination

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The Democratic Imagination examines different conceptions of democracy, exploring tensions that emerge in key moments and debates in the history of democracy, from Ancient Greece to the French Revolution to contemporary Egypt.

The Silence Of The Democratic Imagination

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Popular Political Participation and the Democratic Imagination in Spain

Author : Pablo Sánchez León
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Lustrates one way of doing the 'history of concepts. Recommended on all three counts. Joanna Innes, Oxford University Pablo Sánchez León is a researcher at the Centro de Humanidades CHAM of Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He has published extensively about the history of social movements in Spain and works on the relations between language and identity. He is coeditor of Palabras que atan [Words that bind] (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2015) the Old Regime and throughout the 19th century. As the author brilliantly argues, such tension is tightly imbricated with the enduring dilemma between representation and participation underlying modern political systems. Through a historical analysis of the influence of people and plebe over Spanish, the book makes clear the degree to which the power of language contributes to shape political actors and institutional frames."--Miguel Ángel Cabrera -- Professor, University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain "This is a book for exploring (from current needs) the history of political participation in Spanish society in order to rethink the very notion of modern citizenship." --María Sierra, University of Seville, Spain "Motivated by the current crisis in political representation in parliamentary democracies, this work by Pablo Sánchez León departs from the process of construction of modern citizenship. Representation, participation and mobilization are put into play as an interactive triad whose dynamics and changing conceptualization have the key to the social, political and cultural changes between the Old Regime and the early establishment of democracy in 1868. The "They do not represent us!" and other current claims for deliberative democracy provide the guiding thread for a demanding research on the tension between representation and participation shaping the period 1766-1868. The work reflects on the relevance of popular participation and, in presenting the modern history of Spain as singular and relevant on its own, provides an account of the building of modern citizenship. --Pablo Fernández Albaladejo, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain This exciting book is both topical and historiographically valuable. It offers a fresh perspective on current debates about the limits of representation and the pros and cons of participation; it makes Spanish political culture in the age of revolutions accessible to anglophone readers, and it engagingly il

The Democratic Imagination in America

Author : Russell L. Hanson
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Russell Hanson discovers in the history of democratic rhetoric in the United States a series of essential contests" over the meaning of democracy that have occurred in periods of political and socio-economic change. Originally published in 1985. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

The Democratic Imagination

Author : Louis Filler
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This festschrift celebrates the accomplishments of renowned social scientist Irving Louis Horowitz as he turned sixty-five. Since Horowitz's views were global and his discourse was never restricted to national boundaries, the volume includes contributions from across the globe. Collectively, the book represents a personal as well as an intellectual statement from the contributors, as each one was a friend and colleague of Horowitz. The life span of Horowitz's ideas stretches across boundaries, many which are focused on in The Democratic Imagination. The twenty-seven essays address Horowitz's work, ideas, and influence. Horowitz was well known for his analysis of the situation in Cuba, disarray in American sociology, the impacts of technology on the publishing industry, and policy-making in the post-Cold-War era. Contributions also take note of Horowitz's involvement in diverse areas: his work with Robert Kennedy; Radio Marti; the United States General Accounting Office, and his efforts on behalf of the freedom of the press. In a final section, Horowitz responds to each of the contributors. This work, celebrating one of the most esteemed social scientists of the twentieth century, acknowledges his manifold contributions to the multiple areas in which he worked.

Lifelong Learning and the Democratic Imagination

Author : Peter Willis
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LIFELONG LEARNING AND THE DEMOCRATIC IMAGINATION is a collection of essays from Adult and Community Educators in Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Canada, America and South Africa. There is a general belief here that democracy is about people consciously sharing power and that such deliberate choices to share power, draw on ideals and values of sharing with and including others. In modern life this generous and equitable stance has to be learned and re-learned against competing cultures of individualism and competition. Such learning needs more than logical argument. It occurs when powerful evocations of human equality and dignity capture the human imagination and move the heart. The work of this book is to pursue what needs to be done to generate suitable pre-dispositions for this unselfish sociable spirit to take root and grow. The book has five sections. The first concerns visions of democratic imagining: the second looks at predispositions for democratic imagining. The last three explore the educational work of imagining democracy in three learning arenas: community and work locations, higher and work-related education and schools.

Lies Passions Illusions

Author : François Furet
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A critical history of 20th century political movement by the Hannah Arendt Prize-winning author of Interpreting the French Revolution. Widely considered one of the leading historians of the French Revolution, François Furet was hailed as “one of the most influential men in contemporary France” by the New York Review of Books. In Lies, Passions, and Illusions, Furet’s presents a cohesive, late-career meditation on the political passions of the twentieth century, drawn from a wide-ranging conversation between Furet and philosopher Paul Ricoeur. Published posthumously, it is Furet’s final statement on history and politics. With strokes at once broad and incisive, Furet examines the many different trajectories that nations of the West have followed over the past hundred years. It is a dialogue with history as it happened but also as a form of thought. It is a dialogue with his critics, with himself, and with those major thinkers—from Tocqueville to Hannah Arendt—whose ideas have shaped our understanding of the tragic dramas and upheavals of the modern era. It is a testament to the crucial role of the historian, a reflection on how history is made and lived, and how the imagination is a catalyst for political change.

Citizen Speak

Author : Andrew J. Perrin
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When we think about what constitutes being a good citizen, routine activities like voting, letter writing, and paying attention to the news spring to mind. But in Citizen Speak, Andrew J. Perrin argues that these activities are only a small part of democratic citizenship—a standard of citizenship that requires creative thinking, talking, and acting. For Citizen Speak, Perrin met with labor, church, business, and sports organizations and proposed to them four fictive scenarios: what if your senator is involved in a scandal, or your police department is engaged in racial profiling, or a local factory violates pollution laws, or your nearby airport is slated for expansion? The conversations these challenges inspire, Perrin shows, require imagination. And what people can imagine doing in response to those scenarios depends on what’s possible, what’s important, what’s right, and what’s feasible. By talking with one another, an engaged citizenry draws from a repertoire of personal and institutional resources to understand and reimagine responses to situations as they arise. Building on such political discussions, Citizen Speak shows how a rich culture of association and democratic discourse provides the infrastructure for a healthy democracy.

The Democratic Imagination in America

Author : Russell Lee Hanson
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Grounding the Democratic Imagination

Author : Lesley Saunders
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How can research – the scholarly pursuit of ‘truth’ – have a more responsive relationship with political decision-making in education? The ‘evidence-based education’ agenda represents a rationalist ideal, in which research provides reliable evidence on which to base public policy. But this is hard to realise, because of: the nature of knowledge and knowledge creation; the nature of decision-making in policy and political arenas; the difference in assumptions, cultures and priorities between research and policy. In this lecture Lesley Saunders highlights some ways forward, and illustrates these with examples of what the General Teaching Council is working to accomplish. She concludes with a personal meditation on the role of creativity and the imagination, and makes an appeal for research to be the ‘rich ground in which a democratic vision of education is rooted and can flourish’.