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Community and the Politics of Place

Kemmis, Daniel

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ISBN 10: 0806122277 / ISBN 13: 9780806122274
Published by University of Oklahoma Press, USA, 1990
Condition: Very Good to Near Fine Hardcover
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Dust jacket looks fantastic in mylar! Black boards have sharp corners. Gilt title on spine is bright. Binding is tight and the interior is clean. 150pp, including index and bibliography. Signed by author: For - June 9, 1992. Also has a personal gift inscription. "Community and Politics of Place promotes a better understanding of the quality of public life today.". Bookseller Inventory # 17989

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Title: Community and the Politics of Place

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, USA

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good to Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Thomas Jefferson envisioned a nation of citizens deeply involved in public life. Today Americans are lamenting the erosion of his ideal. What happened in the intervening centuries? Daniel Kemmis argues that our loss of capacity for public life (which impedes our ability to resolve crucial issues) parallels our loss of a sense of place. A renewed sense of inhabitation, he maintains of community rooted in place and of people dwelling in that place in a practiced way can shape politics into a more cooperative and more humanly satisfying enterprise, producing better people, better communities, and better places.

The author emphasizes the importance of place by analyzing problems and possibilities of public life in a particular place those northern states whose settlement marked the end of the old frontier. National efforts to keep citizens apart” by encouraging them to develop open country and rely upon impersonal, procedural methods for public problems have bred stalemate, frustration, and alienation. As alternatives he suggests how western patterns of inhabitation might engender a more cooperative, face-to-face practice of public life.

Community and the Politics of Place also examines our ambivalence about the relationship between cities and rural areas and about the role of corporations in public life. The book offers new insight into the relationship between politics and economics and addresses the question of whether the nation-state is an appropriate entity for the practice of either discipline. The author draws upon the growing literature of civic republicanism for both a language and a vantage point from which to address problems in American public life, but he criticizes that literature for its failure to consider place.

Though its focus on a single region lends concreteness to its discussions, Community and the Politics of Place promotes a better understanding of the quality of public life today in all regions of the United States.

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Daniel Kemmis, a senior fellow at the Northern Light Research and Education Institute (Missoula, Montana), is a former minority leader and speaker of the Montana House of Representatives and is presently the mayor of Missoula.

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