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Keane, John 1949-

Works: 70 works in 545 publications in 12 languages and 16,651 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: JC178.V2, B
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Most widely held works about John Keane
Most widely held works by John Keane
Tom Paine : a political life by John Keane( Book )

24 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Variously employed in England as a corset maker, ship's hand, Methodist lay preacher, exciseman, and writer who dabbled in public affairs, he later became the key pamphleteer in the American Revolution and author of Common Sense, an intellectual cornerstone of American democracy. In Britain, his Rights of Man frightened the establishment. Paine was also twice invited to France, where he helped draft the 1793 constitution, narrowly escaped the guillotine during the Terror, and wrote the most explosive modern plea for secularism, The Age of Reason. Setting his compelling narrative against a vivid social backdrop, John Keane melds together the public and private sides of Paine's life in a remarkable piece of scholarship, which is also thrilling to read. Meticulously researched and drawing on newly available material from the United States and Europe, this is the definitive biography of a man whose life and work have an uncanny resonance for our times
The life and death of democracy by John Keane( Book )

28 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Keane's The Life and Death of Democracy will inspire and shock its readers. Presenting the first grand history of democracy for well over a century, it poses along the way some tough and timely questions: can we really be sure that democracy had its origins in ancient Greece? How did democratic ideals and institutions come to have the shape they do today? Given all the recent fanfare about democracy promotion, why are many people now gripped by the feeling that a bad moon is rising over all the world's democracies? Do they indeed have a future? Or is perhaps democracy fated to melt away, along with our polar ice caps? ... Stylishly written, this superb book confronts its readers with an entirely fresh and irreverent look at the past, present and future of democracy ... It tracks the changing, hotly disputed meanings of democracy and describes quite a few of the extraordinary characters, many of them long forgotten, who dedicated their lives to building or defending democracy."--Jacket
The Power of the powerless : citizens against the state in central-eastern Europe by Václav Havel( Book )

35 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in English and held by 803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Books of great political insight and novelty always outlive their time of birth and this reissued work, initially published in 1985, is no exception. Written shortly after the formation of Charter 7, the essays in this collection are among the most original and compelling pieces of political writing to have emerged from central and Eastern Europe during the whole of the post-war period
Contradictions of the welfare state by Claus Offe( Book )

40 editions published between 1984 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu cong fen xi wei ji,Mao dun,Xiao lü he fu li guo jia deng gai nian de han yi ru shou,Wei rao zhe"zi ben zhu yi bu neng mei you fu li guo jia,Dan zi ben zhu yi you bu neng yu fu li guo jia gong cun"de he xin guan dian,Shen ke di chan shu le xian dai fu li guo jia suo mian lin de ge zhong mao dun
Global civil society? by John Keane( Book )

31 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Keane tracks the recent development of a powerful big idea - global civil society. Keane explores the jumble of contradictory forces currently nurturing or threatening its growth, and shows how talk of global civil society implies a political vision of a less violent world founded on legally sanctioned power-sharing arrangements among many different and intermingling forms of socio-economic life. Keane's reflections are pitted against the widespread feeling that the world is both too complex or too violent and crazy to deserve serious reflection. His account borrows from various scholarly disciplines, including political science and international relations, to challenge the normative silence and confusion within much of the contemporary literature on globalisation and global governance. Against fears of terrorism, rising tides of xenophobia, and loose talk of 'anti-globalisation', the defence of global civil society mounted here implies the need for new democratic ways of living - and for brand-new democratic thinking about such planetary matters as global markets, uncivil war, university life, and government with a global reach."--Jacket
Disorganized capitalism : contemporary transformations of work and politics by Claus Offe( Book )

25 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Václav Havel : a political tragedy in six acts by John Keane( Book )

30 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and Czech and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on unrestricted access to Havel, his circle and even his enemies, this authorized biography is the first definitive account of one of the great moral and political leaders of our time. John Keane's account of the tragic life of Vaclav Havel provides us with a vivid, invaluable portrait of the tumultuous events of this century."--BOOK JACKET
Civil society : old images, new visions by John Keane( Book )

25 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is only a decade ago that the eighteenth-century distinction between civil society and the state seemed old-fashioned, an object of cynicism, even of outright hostility. In this new book, John Keane shows how, in a wholly unexpected reversal of fortunes, this antiquated distinction has since become voguish among politicians, academics, journalists, business leaders, relief agencies, and citizens' organizations." "John Keane examines the various sources and phases of the dramatic world-wide popularization of the term. He traces its reappearance in a wide range of contexts - from China to Tunisia, from South Africa to the emerging European Union - and clarifies the conflicting grammars and vocabularies of the language of civil society. Considerable care is taken to highlight the different possible meanings of the distinction between civil society and the state." "This book will be of great interest to students and scholars in politics, media studies, sociology, social and political theory, and to a broader public audience interested in the central debates and political developments of our time."--BOOK JACKET
Violence and democracy by John Keane( Book )

26 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Keane calls for a fresh understanding of the vexed relationship between democracy and violence. Taking issue with the common-sense view that 'human nature' is violent, Keane shows why mature democracies do not wage war upon each other, and why they are unusually sensitive to violence. He argues that we need to think more discriminatingly about the origins of violence, its consequences, its uses and remedies. He probes the disputed meanings of the term violence, and asks why violence is the greatest enemy of democracy, and why today's global 'triangle of violence' is tempting politicians to invoke undemocratic emergency powers. Throughout, Keane gives prominence to ethical questions, such as the circumstances in which violence can be justified, and argues that violent behaviour and means of violence can and should be 'democratised' - made publicly accountable to others, so encouraging efforts to erase surplus violence from the world."--Jacket
The media and democracy by John Keane( Book )

41 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in 8 languages and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Basın ve yayın tekellerinin, gelişen medya ve iletişim teknolojisinin sıradan insanların haber alma özgürlüğüne ve genelinde demokrasiye zararlı olup olmadığını tartışan bir kitap
Public life and late capitalism : toward a socialist theory of democracy by John Keane( Book )

12 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Civil society and the state : new European perspectives( Book )

21 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and Turkish and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nomads of the present : social movements and individual needs in contemporary society by Alberto Melucci( Book )

13 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The changing nature of democracy by Takashi Inoguchi( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and Japanese and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume gathers essays by eminent scholars which point to a changing and broadening agenda of democracy. Challenges to democracy in established democracies and in transitional societies are addressed, as are democracy's relations to the media and communications, globalization, religion, culture, and civil society." "While the internationalization of the democratic ethos has marked the post-Cold War context, democracy's sphere of applicability also has widened beyond the state enclosure. This book highlights the limitations and tensions of this worldwide movement."--Jacket
Democracy and civil society : on the predicaments of European socialism, the prospects for democracy, and the problem of controlling social and political power by John Keane( Book )

20 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflections on violence by John Keane( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Future of Representative Democracy by Sonia Alonso( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Future of Representative Democracy poses important questions about representation, representative democracy and its future. Inspired by the last major investigation of the subject by Hanna Pitkin over four decades ago, this ambitious volume fills a major gap in the literature by examining the future of representative forms of democracy in terms of present-day trends and past theories of representative democracy. Aware of the pressing need for clarifying key concepts and institutional trends, the volume aims to break down barriers among disciplines and to establish an interdisciplinary dialogue among scholars. The contributors emphasise that representative democracy and its future is a subject of pressing scholarly concern and public importance. Paying close attention to the unfinished, two-century-old relationship between democracy and representation, this book offers a fresh perspective on current problems and dilemmas of representative democracy and the possible future development of new forms of democratic representation"--
Democracy and media decadence by John Keane( Book )

9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We live in a revolutionary age of communicative abundance in which many media innovations--from satellite broadcasting to iPhones and electronic books--spawn great fascination mixed with excitement. In the field of politics, hopeful talk of digital democracy, cybercitizens and e-government has been flourishing. This book admits the many thrilling ways that communicative abundance is fundamentally altering the landscape of our lives and our politics, often for the better. But has too little attention been paid to the troubling countertrends, the decadent media developments that encourage concentrations of power without limit, so weakening the spirit and substance of democracy? Exploring examples of clever new methods of government and market censorship, spin tactics and back-channel public relations, John Keane seeks to understand and explain these trends and how best to deal with them. Tackling some tough but fateful questions, Keane argues that 'media decadence' is harmful for the democratic body politic"--Publisher description
After full employment by John Keane( Book )

10 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The evolution of geography; a sketch of the rise and progress of geographical knowledge from the earliest times to the first circumnavigation of the globe by John Keane( Book )

11 editions published between 1899 and 1976 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Tom Paine : a political life
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Charlick Keane, John 1949-

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Джон Кин

Кин, Джон 1949-

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جان کین فیلسوف بریتانیایی

جون كين، 1949-

キーン, ジョン


The life and death of democracyThe Power of the powerless : citizens against the state in central-eastern EuropeContradictions of the welfare stateGlobal civil society?Disorganized capitalism : contemporary transformations of work and politicsVáclav Havel : a political tragedy in six actsCivil society : old images, new visionsViolence and democracy