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By Thomas L. Dumm

In A Politics of the Ordinary, Thomas Dumm dramatizes how way of life within the usa intersects with and is motivated via the facility of occasions, at the one hand, and forces of conformity and normalcy at the different. Combining poststructuralist research with a sympathetic studying of a pressure of yank proposal that starts off with Emerson and culminates within the paintings of Stanley Cavell, A Politics of the Ordinary investigates incidents from lifestyle, 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 yankee white-collar workforce, Dumm's consistent problem is to teach how the normal is the first resource of the democratic political imagination.

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