0 thoughts on “The cultural side to decreasing American political engagement

  1. Interesting post and I really like Schudson’s book. I think that it is important to remember his arguments about the rights bearing citizen. That is where his response to Putnam can be teased out. This is my read: Americans, in Schudson’s account, have not necessarily withdrawn from politics, it is that politics has invaded the “microprocesses” of everyday life. Gender, sexuality, and others, as well as various “presentations of self” have taken on new political meanings, which are the subject of routine, daily politics. Americans may not show up to the ballot box for the reasons mentioned and rights may or may not be a good foundation for building communities, but that is not to say that they have withdrawn from politics. The domain of politics has shifted.

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