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Free Spaces

The Sources of Democratic Change in America

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.

268 pages | 5-1/4 x 8 | © 1986, 1992

History: American History

Political Science: American Government and Politics

Sociology: Individual, State and Society

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 1992 Edition
Preface and Acknowledgments
1. "The People Shall Rule"
2. Crossing the Jordan
3. Beyond the Dictates of Prudence
4. Class and Community
5. The People Are Together
6. Free Spaces
Source Notes

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