Public Culture: Diversity, Democracy, and Community in the United States
Edited by Marguerite S. Shaffer
392 pages | 6 x 9 | 34 illus.
Cloth 2008 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4081-8 | $65.00 | £42.50
Paper 2012 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2202-9 | $26.50 | £17.50
"An excellent dissection of the tension between common experience and societal plurality. . . . The final valuable insight that this book may evoke for readers is that civic culture of the kind Robert Putnam lamented is not necessarily endangered. . . . but that 'public culture' is and always has been contested by a variety of actors; and to understand how Americans engage one another in the public realm requires asking difficult questions about power, wealth, gender, and race."--Reviews in American History
From medicine shows to the Internet, from the Los Angeles Plaza to the Las Vegas Strip, from the commemoration of the Oklahoma City bombing to television programming after 9/11, scholars examine issues of democracy, diversity, identity, community, citizenship, and belonging through the lens of American popular culture. Read more . . .