How Civility Works

How Civility Works by Keith J. Bybee 1503601544 9781503601543
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Is civility dead? Americans ask this question every election season, but their concern is hardly limited to political campaigns. Doubts about civility regularly arise in just about every aspect of American public life. Rudeness runs rampant. Our news media is saturated with aggressive bluster and vitriol. Our digital platforms teem with trolls and expressions of disrespect. Reflecting these conditions, surveys show that a significant majority of Americans believe we are living in an age of unusual anger and discord. Everywhere we look, there seems to be conflict and hostility, with shared respect and consideration nowhere to be found. In a country that encourages thick skins and speaking ones mind, is civility even possible, let alone desirable?

In How Civility Works, Keith J. Bybee elegantly explores the crisis in civility, looking closely at how civility intertwines with our long history of boorish behavior and the ongoing quest for pleasant company. Bybee argues that the very features that make civility ineffective and undesirable also point to civilitys power and appeal. Can we all get along? If we live by the contradictions on which civility depends, then yes, we can, and yes, we should.

Author: Keith J. Bybee

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 88

Publisher: Stanford Briefs

Publication Date: 2016-09-07


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