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Social Fragmentation and the Decline of American Democracy

The End of the Social Contract

Authors: Denton Jr, Robert E., Voth, Ben

  • Presents a timely and clear-headed view of generational change and social dynamics from two leading rhetoricians
  • Argues for a return to the social contract built on individual freedom and responsibility
  • Offers optimistic solutions to the problems of partisanship and ideological gridlock
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About this book

This book explores the social and political implications of what the authors identify as the decline of the social contract in America and the rise of a citizenry that has become self-centered, entitled, and independent. For nearly two decades, America has been in a “cultural war” over moral values and social issues, becoming a divided nation geographically, politically, socially, and morally. We are witnessing the decline of American Democracy, the authors argue, resulting from the erosion of the idea of the social contract. Especially since the “baby boomers,” each successive generation has emphasized personal license to the exclusion of service, social integration, and the common good. With the social contact, the larger general will becomes the means of establishing reciprocal rights and duties, privileges, and responsibilities as a basis of the state. The balkanization of America has changed the role of government from one of oversight to one of dependency, where individual freedom and responsibility are sacrificed for group equality. This book examines the conditions of this social fragmentation, and offers ideas of an American Renaissance predicated on communicative idealism.

About the authors

Robert E. Denton, Jr., holds the W. Thomas Rice Chair in the Pamplin College of Business and is Professor and Head of the Department of Communication at Virginia Tech, USA. Denton is the author, co-author or editor of 25 books on the presidency and political campaigns. His most recent volume is entitled Political Campaign Communication: Principles and Practices, 8th Edition (with Judith Trent and Robert Friendenberg).
Ben Voth is Associate Professor and Director of Debate and Speech programs in the Communication Studies Division of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, USA. He is a leading national scholar on debate and the power of the human voice. He is the author of The Rhetoric of Genocide: Death as a Text (2014). He is currently an Advisor to the Bush Institute, USA, and the Debate fellow for the Calvin Coolidge Foundation in Vermont, USA. He is an officer in the American Forensics Association and served on the editorial board of Argumentation and Advocacy.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • A Divided and Selfish Nation: A United States of America No More

    Denton, Robert E. (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

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  • Democracy and the “Social Contract”: Prescription for Freedom and Equality

    Denton, Robert E. (et al.)

    Pages 19-37

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  • Generational Change and Social Values

    Denton, Robert E. (et al.)

    Pages 39-60

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  • The Postmodern Culture and Political Implications

    Denton, Robert E. (et al.)

    Pages 61-83

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  • The Epistemological Poisoning of America

    Denton, Robert E. (et al.)

    Pages 85-111

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Hardcover 114,39 €
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Softcover 119,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-55506-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Fragmentation and the Decline of American Democracy
Book Subtitle
The End of the Social Contract
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-43922-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-43922-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-43921-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-55506-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 195
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