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By Thomas L. Dumm

ISBN-10: 0814718965

ISBN-13: 9780814718964

ISBN-10: 0814718973

ISBN-13: 9780814718971

In A Politics of the Ordinary, Thomas Dumm dramatizes how lifestyle within the usa intersects with and is motivated through the facility of occasions, at the one hand, and forces of conformity and normalcy at the different. Combining poststructuralist research with a sympathetic studying of a pressure of yankee notion that starts off with Emerson and culminates within the paintings of Stanley Cavell, A Politics of the Ordinary investigates incidents from lifestyle, political spectacles, and well known culture.

Whether juxtaposing reflections approximately boredom in rural New Mexico with Emerson's concept of constitutional modification, Richard Nixon's letter of resignation with Thoreau's writings to beat quiet desperation, or demonstrating how Disney's Toy Story allegorizes the downsizing of the yankee white-collar workforce, Dumm's consistent predicament is to teach how the standard is the first resource of the democratic political imagination.

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