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The democracy project: a history, a crisis, a movement

Graeber, David (2013) The democracy project: a history, a crisis, a movement. Spiegel & Grau (Random House) ; Allen Lane (Penguin UK), New York, USA ; London, UK. ISBN 9780812993561 ; 9781846146633

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Abstract

A bold rethinking of the most powerful political idea in the world—democracy—and the story of how radical democracy can yet transform America Democracy has been the American religion since before the Revolution—from New England town halls to the multicultural democracy of Atlantic pirate ships. But can our current political system, one that seems responsive only to the wealthiest among us and leaves most Americans feeling disengaged, voiceless, and disenfranchised, really be called democratic? And if the tools of our democracy are not working to solve the rising crises we face, how can we—average citizens—make change happen? David Graeber, one of the most influential scholars and activists of his generation, takes readers on a journey through the idea of democracy, provocatively reorienting our understanding of pivotal historical moments, and extracts their lessons for today—from the birth of Athenian democracy and the founding of the United States of America to the global revolutions of the twentieth century and the rise of a new generation of activists. Underlying it all is a bracing argument that in the face of increasingly concentrated wealth and power in this country, a reenergized, reconceived democracy—one based on consensus, equality, and broad participation—can yet provide us with the just, free, and fair society we want. The Democracy Project tells the story of the resilience of the democratic spirit and the adaptability of the democratic idea. It offers a fresh take on vital history and an impassioned argument that radical democracy is, more than ever, our best hope.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: © 2013 Random House LLC. and © 2013 Penguin Books Ltd.
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Collections > United States Collection
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2013 11:19
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 22:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/53174

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