By Thomas L. Dumm

In A Politics of the Ordinary, Thomas Dumm dramatizes how lifestyle within the usa intersects with and is prompted by way of the ability of occasions, at the one hand, and forces of conformity and normalcy at the different. Combining poststructuralist research with a sympathetic examining of a pressure of yank suggestion that starts with Emerson and culminates within the paintings of Stanley Cavell, A Politics of the Ordinary investigates incidents from way of life, political spectacles, and renowned culture.

Whether juxtaposing reflections approximately boredom in rural New Mexico with Emerson's thought of constitutional modification, Richard Nixon's letter of resignation with Thoreau's writings to beat quiet desperation, or demonstrating how Disney's Toy Story allegorizes the downsizing of the yank white-collar workforce, Dumm's consistent obstacle is to teach how the standard is the first resource of the democratic political imagination.

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