Avoiding Politics: How Americans Produce Apathy in Everyday Life

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 13, 1998 - Social Science - 344 pages
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Civic groups are said to be the fount of democracy, but these vivid portraits of American life reveal an intriguing culture of political avoidance. Nina Eliasoph accompanied volunteers, activists and recreation club members, listening to them talk--and not talk--politics, in a range of private and public settings. Unlike interview-based studies of political participation and civic culture, Avoiding Politics shows how citizens create and communicate political ideas in everyday life, and the hard work it takes to produce apathy in a democracy.

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This book provides a nice weaving together of traditional sociological thought (for instance drawing from Durkheim, to Goffman, and many others) and ethnographic data on political engagement and ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Nina Eliasoph is associate professor of sociology at the University of Southern California. She is the author of "Avoiding Politics.

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