Healing the body politic: rediscovering political power

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Praeger, 1993 - Political Science - 254 pages
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American politics and government are so moribund, according to Erwin Jaffe, that serious political dialogue is a stranger in a land celebrated for freedom of expression. Healing the Body Politic examines the sources of this condition, among them the loss of "connectedness" (society's orientation toward mobility and its relative disinterest in place, neighborhood, and community), widespread misunderstanding of the distinction and relationship between power and violence, and a distorted image of political life and responsibility. This broad-based work examines these problems and proposes, both in theoretical and practical terms, a rethinking and rediscovery of political power and political life as the only viable solution. Drawing on a variety of fields, including traditional political theory, this work points the way to a restoration of American political life and our ability to cope once again with the problems of civil society. It will be of interest to scholars and students of political science, political theory, and American government.

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Contents

Initial Thoughts on Power
5
Politics and Ambiguity
15
Some Thoughts about Connections
25
Copyright

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ERWIN A. JAFFE, prior to his retirement in 1988, taught political science at Rutgers University, the University of New Hampshire, New England College, and California State University, Stanislaus.

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