Democracy As Discussion: Civic Education And The American Forum Movement (Lexington Studies In Political Communication)

Democracy As Discussion: Civic Education And The American Forum Movement (Lexington Studies In Political Communication)

Democracy as Discussion: Civic Education and the American Forum Movement (Lexington Studies in Political Communication)

Using primary sources from archives around the country, Democracy as Discussion traces the early history of the Speech field, the development of discussion as an alternative to debate, and the Deweyan, Progressive philosophy of discussion that swept the United States in the early twentieth century.

Review
A wonderful book, making visible how early scholarship in Speech drew from and contributed to a larger American discussion about democracy's meaning. To understand the tensions among discussion, debate, and argumentation in American life, Democracy as Discussion is essential reading, as it offers a vision for how to reconnect current group communication scholarship with its normative, civic-minded roots. (Karen Tracy, University of Colorado)

As Keith says, "Democracy is governance through talk." Keith's work makes clear precisely what kind of talk makes American democracy tick. Long before it became fashionable to speak of "deliberative democracy," Keith discovers how it became fashionable to teach discussion and organize public forums. Anyone who practices or preaches modern deliberation should read Keith's work carefully if they hope to understand the cultural forces that giveth-and taketh away-the aspiration for public discussion....

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