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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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Political Theory and the Democracy of Everyday Life in America

Political Theory and the Democracy of Everyday Life in America

(p.234) Conclusion Political Theory and the Democracy of Everyday Life in America
Good Neighbors

Nancy L. Rosenblum

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter offers a systematic account of a political theory about the meaning and value of the democracy of everyday life for formal, organized democracy, as well as its importance for the quality of life personally and individually. The moral identity of the good neighbor shaped by the democracy of everyday life is distinct from the political identity of the good citizen. The chapter traces continuities as well as discontinuities between the democratic ethos among neighbors and political democracy proper. It also represents the democracy of everyday life as the hardy remainder or “saving remnant” when formal democracy seems to have lost its integrity.

Keywords:   everyday life, political theory, democracy, good neighbor, good citizen, moral identity, political identity

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