Good Neighbors The Democracy Of Everyday Life Summary

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Good Neighbors: The Democracy of Everyday Life, written by Nancy L. Rosenblum explores the concept that day-to-day life and daily interactions can be thought of as a working democracy. The author delves into many topics throughout the book that help further her claim that there is such a thing as a “the democracy of everyday life”. Rosenblum introduces a lot of real-life situations that help the readers to fully understand her claim that democracy is not just found in a large-scale institution. She explores the narratives of settlers, immigrants, and suburban neighborhoods; and how those stories encompass the idea of democracy. Rosenblum also introduces the major components that she believe are the foundation of “the democracy of everyday life”. Good Neighbors: The Democracy of Everyday Life, explores many important issues of every day interaction between neighbors, and how they work together to form a democracy. One important topic that Rosenblum discusses and brings light to is the trust that is built between neighbors and how that trust can sometimes fall because of betrayal. In order to fully understand how neighbors have and can show betrayal, it is important to fully understand Rosenblum’s belief in “the democracy of everyday life”. The first component is the reciprocity of “decent folk”. Reciprocity is the return of a certain behavior or action to the individual or neighbor in which you received it from (71). Reciprocity plays an important role of everyday democracy.

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