Benjamin Barber is one of America's preeminent political theorists. He has been a significant voice in the continuing debate about the nature and role of democracy in the contemporary world. A Passion for Democracy collects twenty of his most important writings on American democracy. Together they refine his distinctive position in democratic theory. Barber's conception of qstrong democracyq contrasts with traditional concepts of qliberal democracy, q especially in its emphasis on citizen participation in central issues of public debate. These essays critique the qthin representationq of liberal democracy and buttress the arguments presented in Barber's twelve books, most recently in his well-received Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Re-shaping the World. In these pieces, Barber argues for participatory democracy without dependence on abstract metaphysical foundations, and he stresses the relationship among democracy and civil society, civic education, and culture. A Passion for Democracy is divided into four sections. In the first, qAmerican Theory: Democracy, Liberalism, and Rights, q Barber addresses issues of ongoing relevance to today's debates about the roots of participatory democracy, including individualism vs. community, the importance of consent, and the irrelevance of Marxism. Essays in the second section, qAmerican Practice: Leadership, Citizenship, and Censorshipq provide a qstrong democracyq critique of American democratic practice. qEducation for Democracy: Civic Education, Service, and Citizenshipq applies Barber's theories to three related topics and includes his much-discussed essay qAmerica Skips School.q The final section, qDemocracy and Technology: Endless Frontier or End of Democracy?q provides glimpses into a future that technology alone cannot secure for democracy. In his preface, Barber writes: qIn these essays ... I have been hard on my country. Like most ardent democrats, I want more for it than it has achieved, despite the fact that it has achieved more than most people have dared to want.q This wide-ranging collection displays not only his passion for democracy, but also his unique perspective on issues of abiding importance for the democratic process.These essays critique the aquot;thin representationaquot; of liberal democracy and buttress the arguments presented in Barbera#39;s twelve books, most recently in his well-received Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Re-shaping the World.
|Title||:||A Passion for Democracy|
|Author||:||Benjamin R. Barber|
|Publisher||:||Princeton University Press - 2000|