Talking to Strangers Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown V. Board of Education
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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.
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Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/1/2006
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|Key to Brief Citations|
|Little Rock, a New Beginning|
|Old Myths and New Epiphanies|
|Sacrifice, a Democratic Fact|
|Sacrifice and Citizenship|
|Why We Have Bad Habits|
|Imperfect Pearls/Imperfect Ideals|
|New Democratic Vistas|
|Beyond Invisible Citizens|
|Brotherhood, Love, and Political Friendship|
|Rhetoric, a Good Thing|
|Epilogue: Powerful Citizens|