Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Talking to Strangers by Danielle S. Allen

"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 "

Buy Talking to Strangers by Danielle S. Allen from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780226014678
ISBN-10: 0226014673
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 142mm x mm)
Pages: 286
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - Talking to Strangers by Danielle S. Allen

Book Reviews - Talking to Strangers by Danielle S. Allen

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Talking to Strangers book by Danielle S. Allen and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

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."

Books By Danielle S. Allen

From Voice to Influence by Danielle S. Allen
Paperback, June 2015
Education, Justice, and Democracy by Danielle S. Allen
Paperback, March 2013
Why Plato Wrote by Danielle S. Allen
Paperback, December 2012
Justice and the Politics of Difference by Danielle S. Allen
Paperback, September 2011