A Place for Us: How to Make Society Civil and Democracy Strong

3.27 avg rating
( 11 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780809076567: A Place for Us: How to Make Society Civil and Democracy Strong

In our crowded, noisy world―too many people, too much crime, too many wars, not enough time―it seems almost impossible to locate and preserve the common ground where a civil society might flourish. Whatever happened to the civic virtue and community life that nourished true democracy?

In this provocative, hard-hitting book, political scientist Benjamin Barber tackles these questions head-on and, in answering them, retrieves the ideals of "civil society" from the nostalgists who want to re-create old-fashioned (and discriminatory) small communities and from the free-marketeers who associate it with unfettered commercial activity. Commentators have been making a fashion of civil society, but they tend to mean many different things by the phrase: this bracingly clear book shows how diverse the various notions are and how best to think about them.

Barber proposes practical strategies for making civil society real, for civilizing public discourse and promoting civic debate, and for affirming values beyond those of work and leisure, commerce and bureaucracy.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Although Democrats and Republicans alike have adopted anti-"big government" rhetoric, Benjamin Barber writes, "being against government does not necessarily produce a program on behalf of civil society." In fact, in a strong democracy, the two are inseparable: "Government is civil society's common arm, just as civil society is government's animating body." Barber champions the strong democratic tradition over libertarian models, which eliminate government influence in favor of unfettered markets (which, he argues, teach people to say "I want" rather than "we need") and communitarian models, which enforce conformity.

A Place for Us is a slim volume, but it contains a number of useful suggestions for maintaining a civil society that also preserves democratic ideals. Among those suggestions--the development of digital broadcast frequencies for civic use, the creation of more civic space on the Internet and World Wide Web, increased funding of the arts and humanities, and encouragement of increased civic responsibility on the part of corporations--which includes everything from nonexploitative labor practices to commitments to acknowledge uncommercialized public spaces. Barber has produced a book that can be read in about two hours, but should inform the thoughts of civic leaders for years. --Ron Hogan

About the Author:

Internationally renowned political theorist Benjamin R. Barber is the Kekst Professor of Civil Society at the University of Maryland and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos in New York City, where he lives.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Benjamin R Barber
Published by Hill and Wang (2004)
ISBN 10: 080907656X ISBN 13: 9780809076567
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hill and Wang, 2004. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IQ-9780809076567

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.58
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Barber, Benjamin R.
Published by Hill and Wang (2017)
ISBN 10: 080907656X ISBN 13: 9780809076567
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hill and Wang, 2017. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # 080907656X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Barber, Benjamin R.
Published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl 2/1/2004 (2004)
ISBN 10: 080907656X ISBN 13: 9780809076567
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl 2/1/2004, 2004. Paperback or Softback. Book Condition: New. A Place for Us: How to Make Society Civil and Democracy Strong. Book. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-9780809076567

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.40
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Benjamin R Barber
Published by Farrar, Strauss Giroux-3pl (2004)
ISBN 10: 080907656X ISBN 13: 9780809076567
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Farrar, Strauss Giroux-3pl, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. In our crowded, noisy world--too many people, too much crime, too many wars, not enough time--it seems almost impossible to locate and preserve the common ground where a civil society might flourish. Whatever happened to the civic virtue and community life that nourished true democracy? In this provocative, hard-hitting book, political scientist Benjamin Barber tackles these questions head-on and, in answering them, retrieves the ideals of civil society from the nostalgists who want to re-create old-fashioned (and discriminatory) small communities and from the free-marketeers who associate it with unfettered commercial activity. Commentators have been making a fashion of civil society, but they tend to mean many different things by the phrase: this bracingly clear book shows how diverse the various notions are and how best to think about them. Barber proposes practical strategies for making civil society real, for civilizing public discourse and promoting civic debate, and for affirming values beyond those of work and leisure, commerce and bureaucracy. Bookseller Inventory # APC9780809076567

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Benjamin R Barber
Published by Farrar, Strauss Giroux-3pl (2004)
ISBN 10: 080907656X ISBN 13: 9780809076567
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Farrar, Strauss Giroux-3pl, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. In our crowded, noisy world--too many people, too much crime, too many wars, not enough time--it seems almost impossible to locate and preserve the common ground where a civil society might flourish. Whatever happened to the civic virtue and community life that nourished true democracy? In this provocative, hard-hitting book, political scientist Benjamin Barber tackles these questions head-on and, in answering them, retrieves the ideals of civil society from the nostalgists who want to re-create old-fashioned (and discriminatory) small communities and from the free-marketeers who associate it with unfettered commercial activity. Commentators have been making a fashion of civil society, but they tend to mean many different things by the phrase: this bracingly clear book shows how diverse the various notions are and how best to think about them. Barber proposes practical strategies for making civil society real, for civilizing public discourse and promoting civic debate, and for affirming values beyond those of work and leisure, commerce and bureaucracy. Bookseller Inventory # BZE9780809076567

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.90
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Benjamin R Barber
Published by Farrar, Strauss Giroux-3pl (2004)
ISBN 10: 080907656X ISBN 13: 9780809076567
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Farrar, Strauss Giroux-3pl, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.In our crowded, noisy world--too many people, too much crime, too many wars, not enough time--it seems almost impossible to locate and preserve the common ground where a civil society might flourish. Whatever happened to the civic virtue and community life that nourished true democracy? In this provocative, hard-hitting book, political scientist Benjamin Barber tackles these questions head-on and, in answering them, retrieves the ideals of civil society from the nostalgists who want to re-create old-fashioned (and discriminatory) small communities and from the free-marketeers who associate it with unfettered commercial activity. Commentators have been making a fashion of civil society, but they tend to mean many different things by the phrase: this bracingly clear book shows how diverse the various notions are and how best to think about them. Barber proposes practical strategies for making civil society real, for civilizing public discourse and promoting civic debate, and for affirming values beyond those of work and leisure, commerce and bureaucracy. Bookseller Inventory # APC9780809076567

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.04
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Barber, Benjamin R.
Published by Hill and Wang
ISBN 10: 080907656X ISBN 13: 9780809076567
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hill and Wang. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 080907656X BRAND NEW, GIFT QUALITY! NOT OVERSTOCKS OR MARKED UP REMAINDERS! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER!|0.5. Bookseller Inventory # OTF-S-9780809076567

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.16
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Benjamin R. Barber
Published by Hill and Wang
ISBN 10: 080907656X ISBN 13: 9780809076567
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hill and Wang. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. 176 pages. Dimensions: 8.5in. x 5.5in. x 0.4in.In our crowded, noisy worldtoo many people, too much crime, too many wars, not enough timeit seems almost impossible to locate and preserve the common ground where a civil society might flourish. Whatever happened to the civic virtue and community life that nourished true democracy In this provocative, hard-hitting book, political scientist Benjamin Barber tackles these questions head-on and, in answering them, retrieves the ideals of civil society from the nostalgists who want to re-create old-fashioned (and discriminatory) small communities and from the free-marketeers who associate it with unfettered commercial activity. Commentators have been making a fashion of civil society, but they tend to mean many different things by the phrase: this bracingly clear book shows how diverse the various notions are and how best to think about them. Barber proposes practical strategies for making civil society real, for civilizing public discourse and promoting civic debate, and for affirming values beyond those of work and leisure, commerce and bureaucracy. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9780809076567

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.31
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Barber, Benjamin R.
Published by Hill and Wang (2004)
ISBN 10: 080907656X ISBN 13: 9780809076567
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hill and Wang, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # INGM9780809076567

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

BENJAMIN BARBER
Published by Hill and Wang
ISBN 10: 080907656X ISBN 13: 9780809076567
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hill and Wang. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9780809076567

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.17
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book