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Citizen Speak: The Democratic Imagination in American Life

Andrew J. Perrin


When we think about what constitutes being a good citizen, routine activities such as voting, letter writing, and paying attention to the news spring to mind. But this book argues that these activities are only a small part of democratic citizenship—a standard of citizenship that requires creative thinking, talking, and acting. For it, the author 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 ... More

Keywords: good citizen, association, voting, letter writing, democratic citizenship, creative thinking, talking, acting, citizenry, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226660790
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226660783.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew J. Perrin, author