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The way people think and act politically is not set in stone. People can and do change the fundamental cultural contours of their political situation. Their political culture does not only restrict imagination and action - it is also a resource for political creativity and invention. In Reinventing Political Culture, this resource is uncovered and explored. Analyzed as a tension between the power of culture and the culture of power, the concept of political culture is reinvented and applied to understanding the practice of people transforming their own political culture in very different circumstances. Three instances of such reinvention are closely examined: one historic, during the twilight of the Soviet empire; one actively in process and actively opposed, ‘the Obama revolution'; and one an apparent distant dream, the power of culture and the culture of power that would avoid ‘the clash of civilizations' in the Middle East. In accessible and engaging prose, Goldfarb clearly and forcefully presents students and scholars of sociology, comparative politics, and cultural studies with an original position on political culture, showing how the political cultures of our times pose not only grave dangers, but also opportunities for creative alternatives.

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9780745646367 | Polity Pr, December 20, 2011, cover price $69.95

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9780745646374 | Polity Pr, December 20, 2011, cover price $22.95 | About this edition: The way people think and act politically is not set in stone.

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Political change doesn’t always begin with a bang; it often starts with just a whisper. From the discussions around kitchen tables that led to the dismantling of the Soviet bloc to the more recent emergence of Internet initiatives like MoveOn.org and Redeem the Vote that are revolutionizing the American political landscape, consequential political life develops in small spaces where dialogue generates political power. In The Politics of Small Things, Jeffrey Goldfarb provides an innovative way for understanding politics, a way of appreciating the significance of politics at the micro level by comparatively analyzing key turning points and institutions in recent history. He presents a sociology of human interactions that lead from small to large: dissent around the old Soviet bloc;  life on the streets in Warsaw, Prague, and Bucharest in 1989; the network of terror that spawned 9/11; and the religious and Internet mobilizations that transformed the 2004 presidential election, to name a few. In such pivotal moments, he masterfully shows, political autonomy can be generated, presenting alternatives to the big politics of the global stage and the dominant narratives of terrorism, antiterrorism, and globalization.

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9780226301082 | Univ of Chicago Pr, April 1, 2006, cover price $34.00 | About this edition: Political change doesn’t always begin with a bang; it often starts with just a whisper.

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9780226301099 | Univ of Chicago Pr, November 1, 2007, cover price $26.00

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9780521622202 | Cambridge Univ Pr, November 1, 1998, cover price $134.99

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9780521627238 | Cambridge Univ Pr, October 1, 1998, cover price $49.99

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Examines the political situation in Eastern Europe, discusses nationalism and the fate of Marxism, and provides portraits of some of the leaders trying to guide Eastern Europe's new future

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9780465016051 | Basic Books, April 1, 1992, cover price $25.00 | About this edition: Examines the political situation in Eastern Europe, discusses nationalism and the fate of Marxism, and provides portraits of some of the leaders trying to guide Eastern Europe's new future

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9780465000814 | Reprint edition (Basic Books, July 1, 1993), cover price $15.00 | About this edition: Examines the political situation in Eastern Europe, discusses nationalism and the fate of Marxism, and provides portraits of some of the leaders trying to guide Eastern Europe's new future

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9780226301068 | Univ of Chicago Pr, April 30, 1991, cover price $58.00

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9780226301075 | Reissue edition (Univ of Chicago Pr, October 1, 1992), cover price $32.00

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Analyzes the development of a democratic opposition in the Soviet Union, discusses the nature of totalitarionism, and explains why Eastern Europe is changing

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9780226300979 | Univ of Chicago Pr, April 1, 1989, cover price $36.00 | About this edition: Analyzes the development of a democratic opposition in the Soviet Union, discusses the nature of totalitarionism, and explains why Eastern Europe is changing

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9780226300986 | Reprint edition (Univ of Chicago Pr, February 1, 1992), cover price $32.00

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9780226300993 | Univ of Chicago Pr, February 1, 1983, cover price $25.00

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