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Community and the Politics of Place Paperback – September 15, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; 13th Printing edition (September 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806124776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806124773
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Kemmis, a senior fellow at the Northern Light Research and Education Institute (Missoula, Montana), is a former minority leader and speaker of the Montana House of Representatives and is presently the mayor of Missoula.


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
The book traces the citizens' involvement in government from the Founding Fathers to today's community meeting at the county courthouse. I enjoyed the coverage of Jefferson and Hamilton's debates and the exploration of the citizens' role in government. Through a historical understanding of the structure of our government (which is shown to discourage consensus and promote litigious solutions), the book espouses the benefits of grassroot community-based solutions to societal problems.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Kiel on November 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
Required reading for anyone who wonders how America came to be a divided, polarized nation. Kemmis traces the traditions of American political discourse and relates them to current civic debates. Another book that deals with the need for a sense of community is M. Scott Peck's "The Different Drum: Community-Making and Peace," 1987.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pacificsullivan on November 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a game changer for bringing a better process to community decision-making. It was a huge help in opening my eyes to the design of the procedural bureaucracy, and ways to change it. If you are active in your community and tired of us-vs-them scenarios that plague many communities, then this is a must read!
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At the time of my reading, the approval rating of the US Congress is 8%. Obviously something is wrong. This visionary book might be a few years old, but it's needed now more than ever. Anyone interested in the future of democracy should read this.
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