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Citizen SpeakThe Democratic Imagination in American Life$
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Andrew J. Perrin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226660790

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226660783.001.0001

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Citizenship, Creativity, and the Democratic Imagination

Citizenship, Creativity, and the Democratic Imagination

(p.1) Chapter One Citizenship, Creativity, and the Democratic Imagination
Citizen Speak
University of Chicago Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of citizenship in the United States. It proposes that we fabricate a democratic imagination from our experiences in civic life, along with those in other domains such as work, family, and neighborhood. We use this democratic imagination to tell us when and why to get involved in politics, how to do so, and when and how to stay away. The discussions then turn to the democratic crisis and the deliberative solution, political participation and civic engagement, evaluating citizenship activities, and the methodology used in the presented study. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   citizenship, United States, democratic imagination, political participation, civic engagement, civic life

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