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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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Political Microcultures: The Structure of Political Talk

Political Microcultures: The Structure of Political Talk

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(p.130) Chapter Seven Political Microcultures: The Structure of Political Talk
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Citizen Speak
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226660783.003.0007

This chapter pulls together the theoretical and empirical threads developed so far and uses them to propose that we think about group settings as political microcultures. These are localized social settings that serve—just as political cultures do in general—to constrain and enable citizens' democratic imaginations. A key element of this idea is that the same citizens, placed in different political microcultures, may think, talk, and practice citizenship differently. The chapter describes the kinds of discourse that characterized the five types of civic groups studied.

Keywords:   group settings, social settings, political microcultures, citizens, democratic imagination, civic groups, citizenship

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