The Politics of Everyday Life
Making Choices Changing Lives
By (author) Paul Ginsborg
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Politics of Everyday Life by Paul Ginsborg
Book DescriptionConcern over the present state of the world--its tensions and disparities--fosters in many people the uneasy combination of two sensations: urgency and powerlessness. We feel that something must be done before it is too late, but we have little idea of what we as individuals, or as families, or as groups of friends, can possibly do to stem the tide. This book explores the choices we have. It considers the options for civil society, and for the individual within today's political culture. It offers a strong critique of the prevailing model of modernity in developed countries, a model which is being exported and imposed on the rest of the world. The solution lies in our own hands. We need to rethink the choices we make on a day-to-day basis: the ways we use our time, the family lives we live, the sorts of goods and services we consume, the quality of democracy we are able to exercise. The individual, the local, and the global are inextricably intertwined, in positive as well as in negative ways. Passivity and indifference at the individual level contribute greatly to collective dismay at the condition of the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300107487
(216mm x 138mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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Political parties have lost swathes of members and effective power is ever more concentrated in the hands of their leaders. Electors become viewers and active participation gives way to mass passivity. Can things change? Examining the relationship between representative and participatory democracy, this title shows that they can and must.
Politics of Everyday Life, Paperback (July 2005)
Concern over the state of the world - its tensions and disparities - fosters in many people the uneasy combination of two sensations: those of urgency and powerlessness. This book explores what we can do. It considers the options for civil society, and for the individual within the political culture.
Society and Politics in the Age of the Risorgimento, Paperback (July 2002)» View all books by Paul Ginsborg
A comparative European perspective on aspects of nineteenth-century Italian politics and social history.
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Author Biography - Paul Ginsborg
Paul Ginsborg taught at Cambridge before becoming professor of contemporary European history at the University of Florence. He has become vigorously involved in Italian civic affairs, especially in reaction to Silvio Berlusconi, and his critical biography of Berlusconi reached the top of the Italian non-fiction bestseller charts. He is also the author of A History of Contemporary Italy and Italy and Its Discontents.
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