Public discourse in America : conversation and community in the twenty-first century

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  • Creator edited by Judith Rodin and Stephen P. Steinberg
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2003] ©2003
  • Physical Details
    • xv, 318 pages ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9780812237412, 0812237412
  • OCLC ocm52519017


  • "Public Discourse in America originated in the work of the Penn National Commission on Society, Culture and Community, convened in 1996 by Judith Rodin, President of the University of Pennsylvania. Distinguished members of the Commission, leading experts, commissioned researchers, and leaders in America's nascent public discourse movement offer unexpected insights and an optimistic vision of the health of our politics and culture. Readers - of all political persuasions - from the halls of political power to the streets of urban neighborhood, from newsrooms and studios to think tanks and universities, will find these essays opening up new paths to robust public discussion, more engaged citizenship, and stronger communities."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [279]-302) and index.


  • Prologue: The Work of the Penn National Commission / Judith Rodin -- Introduction: Incivility and Public Discourse / Judith Rodin and Stephen P. Steinberg -- 1. The Thinning of American Political Culture / Thomas Bender -- 2. Primary Tensions in American Public Life / Robert H. Wiebe -- 3. Deliberative Democracy and Public Discourse / David M. Ryfe -- 4. Affirmative Action and the Culture of Intolerance / Christopher Edley, Jr. -- 5. The North American / Richard Rodriguez -- 6. Sports and Public Behavior / Richard Lapchick -- 7. Performance, Debate, or Productive Conversation? Imagining an Exemplary Conversation on Race / Drew Gilpin Faust / Members of the Penn National Commission -- 8. Leadership in a Complex Democratic Society / Michael Schudson -- 9. Political Leadership in the Great Health Care Debate of 1993-1944 / Derek Bok -- 10. Part of Our World: Journalism as Civic Leadership / Jay Rosen -- 11. Modeling Public Discourse in Popular Culture / Neal Gabler -- 12. Creating a National Discourse: Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa / Alex Boraine -- 13. Political Apologies and Public Discourse / Graham G. Dodds -- 14. The Principles of Public Discourse: What Is Good Public Discourse? / David M. Ryfe -- 15. A Paradox of Public Discourse and Political Democracy / Neil Smelser -- 16. The Practice of Public Discourse: A Study of Sixteen Discourse Organizations / David M. Ryfe -- 17. Lessons from the Field: Practitioner Perspectives on Public Discourse Programs / Jay Rosen / Members of the Penn National Commission -- 18. Building Community in the Twenty-First Century / Joyce Appleby -- 19. The Myth of Academic Community / Don M. Randel -- 20. The University as Discourse Community / Judith Rodin -- 21. Creating Community in Cyberspace: Criteria for a Discourse Technology Project / Stephen P. Steinberg -- Epilogue: The Centrality of Public Discourse / Stephen P. Steinberg -- Members of the Penn National Commission on Society, Culture and Community
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