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Good NeighborsThe Democracy of Everyday Life in America$
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Nancy L. Rosenblum

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691169439

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691169439.001.0001

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Good Neighbor Nation

Good Neighbor Nation

(p.1) Introduction Good Neighbor Nation
Good Neighbors

Nancy L. Rosenblum

Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the meaning of a good neighbor—people who live nearby and contribute to, or do not derange, the quality of life at home. It explores the phenomenology of everyday encounters: ordinary good turns and ordinary vices, the give and take of greetings, favors, and offenses in this place whose meaning for people is different from any other. Extreme conditions and frightful degradation of everyday life at home are common enough, however, and then neighbors' responses are immensely important, life-altering. Neighbors may hold other people's lives in their hands. A common thread in survivors' accounts of natural disasters is the assistance only neighbors provide. They stimulate awakening and orientation, and then they improvise rescue and aid, resisting the chaos and fury of decivilization.

Keywords:   good neighbor, home life, everyday encounters, natural disasters, extreme conditions, rescue, decivilization

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