Oratory, Democracy, and the Culture of Participation

  • Sproule J
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Against a backdrop of declining civic participation in the United States, political commentators offer remedies such as Web-based communication and the deliberative poll. The tradition of performative oral culture, once practiced widely in American homes and schools and at civic gatherings, offers an alternate means for revitalizing the public sphere. Renewing oratory and declamation in the schools would be central to establishing new habits of direct personal engagement with community concerns and interests.

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  • J. Michael Sproule

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