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In Democracy, Inc., David S. Allen exposes the vested interests behind the U.S. slide toward conflating corporate values with public and democratic values. He argues that rather than being institutional protectors of democratic principles, the press and law perversely contribute to the destruction of public discourse in the United States today. _x000B_Allen utilizes historical, philosophical, sociological, and legal sources to trace America's gradual embrace of corporate values. He argues that such values, including winning, efficiency, and profitability actually limit democratic involvement by devaluing discursive principles, creating an informed yet inactive public. Through an examination of professionalization in both the press and the law, corporate free speech rights, and free speech as property, Democracy, Inc. demonstrates that today's democracy is more about trying to control and manage citizens than giving them the freedom to participate. Allen not only calls on institutions to reform the way they understand and promote citizenship but also asks citizens to adopt a new ethic of public discourse that values understanding rather than winning. _x000B__x000B_

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part 1: The Corporation and Democracy
  2. p. 13
  1. 1. The Rise of Corporate Rationalization
  2. pp. 15-26
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  1. 2. Corporate Rationalization and Discourse Democracy: Seeking Alternatives
  2. pp. 27-48
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  1. Part 2: Corporate Rationalization and Democratic Institutions
  2. p. 49
  1. 3. Professionalization of the Press and Law: Routinization and Management
  2. pp. 51-81
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  1. 4. Defining a Professional Mission: The Law and the Question of Public Representation
  2. pp. 82-100
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  1. Part 3: The First Amendment and Public Life
  2. p. 101
  1. 5. Corporate Ownership and the Press: Collapsing Distinctions
  2. pp. 103-122
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  1. 6. Public Television, Parks, Parades, and Rest Areas: Managing the Property of Public Life
  2. pp. 123-143
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  1. 7. Resisting Corporate Rationalization: Toward a Discourse Theory of the First Amendment
  2. pp. 144-160
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 161-194
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 195-216
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252090400
Related ISBN
9780252029752
MARC Record
OCLC
785782150
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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