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The Eyes of the People: Democracy in an Age of Spectatorship

Jeffrey Edward Green


For centuries it has been assumed that democracy must refer to the empowerment of the People's voice. This pioneering book makes the case for considering the People as an ocular entity rather than a vocal one, arguing that it is both possible and desirable to understand democracy in terms of what the People gets to see, instead of the traditional focus on what it gets to say. The Eyes of the People examines democracy from the perspective of everyday citizens in their everyday lives. While it is customary to understand the citizen as a decision maker, most citizens in fact rarely engage in deci ... More

Keywords: democracy, empowerment, the People, ocular, vocal, citizens, decision making, political issues, spectatorship, plebiscitarian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195372649
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372649.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Edward Green, author
University of Pennsylvania
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