Talking to Strangers
Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown v. Board of Education
By (author) Danielle S. Allen
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Talking to Strangers by Danielle S. Allen
Book Description"Don't talk to strangers" is the advice long given to children by parents of all classes and races. Today it has blossomed into a fundamental precept of civic education, reflecting interracial distrust, personal and political alienation, and a profound suspicion of others. In this powerful and eloquent essay, Danielle Allen, a 2002 MacArthur Fellow, takes this maxim back to Little Rock, rooting out the seeds of distrust to replace them with "a citizenship of political friendship." Returning to the landmark "Brown v. Board of Education" decision of 1954 and to the famous photograph of Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine, being cursed by fellow "citizen" Hazel Bryan, Allen argues that we have yet to complete the transition to political friendship that this moment offered. By combining brief readings of philosophers and political theorists with personal reflections on race politics in Chicago, Allen proposes strikingly practical techniques of citizenship. These tools of political friendship, Allen contends, can help us become more trustworthy to others and overcome the fossilized distrust among us. Sacrifice is the key concept that bridges citizenship and trust, according to Allen. She uncovers the ordinary, daily sacrifices citizens make to keep democracy working-and offers methods for recognizing and reciprocating those sacrifices. Trenchant, incisive, and ultimately hopeful, "Talking to Strangers" is nothing less than a manifesto for a revitalized democratic citizenry. "Allen understands that democracy originates in the subjective dimension of everyday life, and she focuses on what she calls our 'habit of citizenship'-the ways we often unconsciously regard and interact with fellow citizens. . . . [Her] focus on race is entirely appropriate."-Nick Bromell, "Boston" "Review "
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226014678
(215mm x 142mm x 14mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 5-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Danielle S. Allen
From Voice to Influence, Paperback (June 2015)
Does the ease with which one can now participate in online petitions or conversations about current events seduce some away from civic activities into "slacktivism?" Drawing on a diverse body of theory, from Hannah Arendt to Anthony Appiah, this book offers a range of visions for a political ethics to guide citizens in a digitally connected world.
Our Declaration, Paperback (April 2015)
Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, Society of American Historians "A tour de force... No one has ever written a book on the Declaration quite like this one."-Gordon Wood, New York Review of Books
Education, Justice, and Democracy, Paperback (April 2013)
Includes contributors that explores how the institutions and practices of education can support democracy, by creating the conditions for equal citizenship and egalitarian empowerment, and how they can advance justice, by securing social mobility and cultivating the talents and interests of every individual.
Why Plato Wrote, Paperback (December 2012)» View all books by Danielle S. Allen
In this thought-provoking text Danielle Allen eloquently argues that Plato wrote to change Athenian culture and thereby transform Athenian politics. She makes the case that Plato was not only the world's first systematic political philosopher, but also the western world's first think-tank activist and message man.
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Author Biography - Danielle S. Allen
Danielle S. Allen is dean of the Division of the Humanities as well as professor in the Department of Classical Languages and Literatures, Department of Political Science, and Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. She is the author of "The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens."
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