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Voices of Dissent : Critical Readings in American Politics

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Edition:
5th
ISBN13:

9780321129055

ISBN10:
0321129059
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2004
Publisher(s):
Longman

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Summary

This distinctive readerthe only collection of critical readings on American government availabletakes students far beyond the mainstream debate between liberalism and conservatism to fundamentally challenge the status quo. Voices of Dissent provides a systematic series of critical perspectives on American politics that goes beyond the debate between mainstream liberalism and conservatism. This text nurtures students' abilities to critically assess the givens of political and economic life in the United States. A recurrent theme in the selections is political economy and the tension between capitalism and democracy.

Author Biography

William F. Grover is Professor of Political Science at Saint Michael's College in Vermont Joseph G. Peschek is Professor of Political Science at Hamline University in Minnesota

Table of Contents

Preface viii
Introduction: Why a Critical Reader? 1(8)
PART I: Structure 9(104)
Chapter 1: Democracy and Political Economy
10(37)
1. JIM HIGHTOWER
This Land Is Your Land
11(11)
2. CHARLES E. LINDBLOM
The Market as Prison
22(9)
3. DAN CLAWSON, ALAN NEUSTADTL, MARK WELLER
Why Does the Air Stink? Corporate Power and Public Policy
31(11)
4. JOHN BELLAMY FOSTER
Global Ecology and the Common Good
42(5)
Chapter 2: Ideology and Political Culture
47(35)
5. JENNIFER L. HOCHSCHILD
What Is the American Dream?
48(14)
6. ROBERT N. BELLAH, RICHARD MADSEN, WILLIAM M. SULLIVAN, ANN SWIDLER, STEVEN M. TIPTON
Liberal Individualism and the Crisis of Citizenship
62(9)
7. ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE
Power of Majority Opinion in America Over Thought
71(4)
8. ROBERT JENSEN
Goodbye to Patriotism
75(7)
Chapter 3: Constitutional and State Structures
82(31)
9. JOSHUA COHENAND JOEL ROGERS
American Exceptionalism and the Politics of Fragmentation
83(7)
10. KENNETH M. DOLBEARE AND LINDA MEDCALF
The Dark Side of the Constitution
90(12)
11. DANIEL LAZARE
The Constitution, the Supreme Court, and the Decline of American Democracy
102(7)
12. HOWARD ZINN
Some Truths Are Not Self-Evident
109(4)
PART II: Politics and Institutions 113(176)
Chapter 4: Mass Media and Politics
115(38)
13. ROBERT W. McCHESNEY AND JOHN NICHOLS
It's the Media, Stupid
116(11)
14. W. LANCE BENNETT
News Content and Illusion: Four Information Biases That Matter
127(10)
15. MARK CRISPIN MILLER
The Media and the Bush Dyslexicon
137(10)
16. INA HOWARD
Media Power Sources: TV Sets the Agenda
147(6)
Chapter 5: Parties and Elections
153(35)
17. FRANCES FOX PIVEN AND RICHARD A. CLOWARD
Why Americans Still Don't Vote
154(10)
18. MICAH L. SIFRY
Finding the Lost Voters
164(7)
19. JOEL ROGERS AND RUY TEIXEIRA
America's Forgotten Majority
171(12)
20. LANI GUINIER
After the Deluge: Electoral Reform in the Wake of the Election of 2000
183(5)
Chapter 6: Congress
188(34)
21. JOHN C. BERG
Congress and Big Business
189(7)
22. BENJAMIN GINSBERG AND MARTIN SHEFTER
RIP for Democratic Politics
196(9)
23. SENATOR JAMES JEFFORDS (I-VT) AND REPRESENTATIVE BARBARA LEE (D-CA)
Courage in Congress: Two Dissenters Explain Their Actions
205(4)
24. WILLIAM F. GROVER
Congress and Movement-Building: Bernie Sanders and the Congressional Progressive Caucus
209(13)
Chapter 7: The Presidency
222(37)
25. MICHAEL A. GENOVESE
The Limits of Presidential Power
223(5)
26. BRUCE MIROFF
The Presidential Spectacle
228(17)
27. KEVIN PHILLIPS
Presidential Dynasties
245(5)
28. JOSEPH G. PESCHEK
The Bush Doctrine and U.S. Imperial Strategy
250(9)
Chapter 8: Law and the Courts
259(30)
29. CARL SWIDORSKI
Corporations, the Law, and Democracy
260(10)
30. CASS R. SUNSTEIN
Is Free Speech the Enemy of Democracy?
270(8)
31. PATRICIA J. WILLIAMS
This Dangerous Patriot's Game
278(6)
32. NINA SCHUYLER
Women's Rights and the Cultural Defense Argument
284(5)
PART III: Politics and Vision 289(65)
Chapter 9: Political Challenges at Home and Abroad
290(35)
33. HOLLY SKLAR, BETSY LEONDAR-WRIGHT, CHUCK COLLINS
The Shaky American Dream: The Perils of the Growing American Wealth Gap
291(12)
34. BARBARA EHRENREICH
Doing it for Ourselves: Can Feminism Survive Class Polarization?
303(5)
35. BRIAN GILMORE
Black America and the Dilemma of Patriotism
308(5)
36. NOAM CHOMSKY
The United States and Global Wars of Terror
313(12)
Chapter 10: Visions of a New Democracy
325(33)
37. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Letter From Birmingham Jail
326(7)
38. NAOMI KLEIN
Reclaiming the Commons
333(6)
39. ELAINE BERNARD
Why Unions Matter
339(8)
40. RALPH NADER
Closing the Democracy Gap
347(7)
Resources for Further Study 354(4)
Appendix 358(20)
The Declaration of Independence
358(3)
The Constitution of the United States
361(13)
The Federalist No. 10
374(4)
Credits 378


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