Avoiding Politics: How Americans Produce Apathy in Everyday by Nina Eliasoph

By Nina Eliasoph

Civic teams are stated to be the fount of democracy, yet those vibrant pics of yankee lifestyles display an exciting tradition of political avoidance. Nina Eliasoph followed volunteers, activists and game membership individuals, hearing them talk--and no longer talk--politics, in a number of inner most and public settings. not like interview-based reports of political participation and civic tradition, warding off Politics indicates how voters create and converse political rules in way of life, and the exertions it takes to provide apathy in a democracy.

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Barney was retired; he had developed a second career as a full-time volunteer and public gadfly, who constantly tested the limits of the official culture of political avoidance. At an evening meeting, oddly called a "public forum," a panel of social service workers and police gave speeches about crime and punishment to an audience of about ten people. After the presentations there was some time for questions. Barney was the first to raise his hand. " treating him, as usual, as an eccentric old fellow who could always chip in something odd.

At an evening meeting, oddly called a "public forum," a panel of social service workers and police gave speeches about crime and punishment to an audience of about ten people. After the presentations there was some time for questions. Barney was the first to raise his hand. " treating him, as usual, as an eccentric old fellow who could always chip in something odd. " Barney said, It costs $20,000 per year to put someone in prison, but that's not gonna help. What they need is jobs, and good jobs - a job at $6/hour only gets you $12,000/year.

The implicit moral of a fundraiser was to show the community that common people care (Wuthnow 1991), not to show that only rich people can effectively care, or politically sophisticated people care. " Another way to keep discouraging issues at bay was to hone in on a very concrete solution to an overwhelmingly large problem. In one meeting, Just Say No members talked about starting a collection drive for foster children who were turning eighteen. A member said 18-year-olds were not supported by the state, so many were simply turned out of foster care to fend for themselves.

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