Free Spaces: Sources of Democratic Change in America

Free Spaces: Sources of Democratic Change in America


By (author) Sara M. Evans, By (author) Harry C. Boyte

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Paperback | 258 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 202mm x 16mm | 280g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1992
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226222578
  • ISBN 13: 9780226222578
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,333,167

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What are the environments, the public spaces, in which ordinary people become participants in the complex, ambiguous, engaging conversation about democracy: participators in governance rather than spectators or complainers, victims or accomplices? What are the roots, not simply of movements against oppression, but also of those democratic social movements which both enlarge the opportunities for participation and enhance people's ability to participate in the public world? In "Free Spaces," Sara M. Evans and Harry C. Boyte argue for a new understanding of the foundations for democratic politics by analyzing the settings in which people learn to participate in democracy. In their new Introduction, the authors link the concept of free spaces to recent theoretical discussions about community, public life, civil society, and social movements.

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Author information

Sara M. Evans is Chair of the Department of History at the University of Minnesota and the author of "Personal Politics" and coauthor (with Barbara J. Nelson) of "Wage Justice." Harry C. Boyte is Director of Project Public Life at the University of Minnesota and the author of "The Backyard Revolution and Commonwealth."