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Good Neighbors – The Democracy of Everyday Life in America - Princeton Scholarship Online
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Good Neighbors: The Democracy of Everyday Life in America

Nancy L. Rosenblum


The moral principles prescribed for friendship, civil society, and democratic public life apply imperfectly to life around home, where we interact day to day without the formal institutions, rules of conduct, and means of enforcement that guide us in other settings. This book explores how encounters among neighbors create a democracy of everyday life, which has been with us since the beginning of American history and is expressed in settler, immigrant, and suburban narratives and in novels, poetry, and popular culture. During disasters, like Hurricane Katrina, the democracy of everyday life is ... More

Keywords: everyday life, democracy, neighbors, neighbourliness, reciprocity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691169439
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691169439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy L. Rosenblum, author
Harvard University

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