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The Sentimental Citizen: Emotion in Democratic Politics
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
Publication date August 1, 2002
Pages 171
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780271022123
ISBN-10 0271022124
Dimensions 0.50 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Original list price $35.95
Other format details university press
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This book challenges the conventional wisdom that improving democratic politics requires keeping emotion out of it. Marcus advances the provocative claim that the tradition in democratic theory of treating emotion and reason as hostile opposites is misguided and leads contemporary theorists to misdiagnose the current state of American democracy. Instead of viewing the presence of emotion in politics as a failure of rationality and therefore as a failure of citizenship, Marcus argues, democratic theorists need to understand that emotions are in fact a prerequisite for the exercise of reason and thus essential for rational democratic deliberation and political judgment. Attempts to purge emotion from public life not only are destined to fail, but ultimately would rob democracies of a key source of revitalization and change.

Drawing on recent research in neuroscience, Marcus shows how emotion functions generally and what role it plays in politics. In contrast to the traditional view of emotion as a form of agitation associated with belief, neuroscience reveals it to be generated by brain systems that operate largely outside of awareness. Two of these systems, "disposition" and "surveillance," are especially important in enabling emotions to produce habits, which often serve a positive function in democratic societies. But anxiety, also a preconscious emotion, is crucial to democratic politics as well because it can inhibit or disable habits and thus clear a space for the conscious use of reason and deliberation. If we acknowledge how emotion facilitates reason and is "cooperatively entangled" with it, Marcus concludes, then we should recognize sentimental citizens as the only citizens really capable of exercising political judgment and of putting their decisions into action.



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Hardcover
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from Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (August 1, 2002)
9780271022116 | details & prices | 171 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $72.95
About: This book challenges the conventional wisdom that improving democratic politics requires keeping emotion out of it.
With Edwin M. Lieberthal | from Fingermath Intl (October 1, 1983); titled "The Complete Book of Fingermath"
9780070376809 | details & prices | 8.25 × 10.25 × 1.00 in. | 2.10 lbs | List price $35.00
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Paperback
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from Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (August 1, 2002)
9780271022123 | details & prices | 171 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $35.95
About: This book challenges the conventional wisdom that improving democratic politics requires keeping emotion out of it.
With Madeleine Leininger | 2nd edition from Glencoe/McGraw-Hill School Pub Co (December 1, 1996); titled "Transcultural Nursing: Concepts, Theories, Research & Practices"
9780070376601 | details & prices | 8.00 × 10.00 × 1.50 in. | 2.90 lbs | List price $68.90
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