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Keane, John 1949-

Works: 64 works in 494 publications in 12 languages and 16,539 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Drama  Political television programs  Television adaptations 
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 )

22 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,716 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 )

27 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 903 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
Global civil society? by John Keane( Book )

24 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 802 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
Contradictions of the welfare state by Claus Offe( Book )

38 editions published between 1984 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Power of the powerless : citizens against the state in central-eastern Europe by Václav Havel( Book )

32 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in English and held by 792 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
Disorganized capitalism : contemporary transformations of work and politics by Claus Offe( Book )

24 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

29 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and Czech and held by 681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Keane reveals the unseen Havel and dramatises the key moments of joy, misery, triumph and ruin on which his life has turned." "Havel was born in 1936 into a well-connected bourgeois family in Prague. He grew up in one of the world's most hellish hot-spots and witnessed the efforts of the people of his native Czechoslovakia to deal with not one, but two totalitarian regimes. John Keane describes Havel's disdain for Nazi troops and Soviet tanks in the streets of his childhood; his daring teenage efforts in the face of Stalinism, to organise a literary circle called the Thirty-Sixers; his assaults on the theatre establishment leading to global fame for award-winning, side-splitting satires on the absurdities of unaccountable power. We see his early confrontations with the Communist authorities in the 1960s, as editor of the journal Tvar (The Face), as political writer, and as radio announcer and street activist during and immediately after the Prague Spring. We watch him brave the Cold War, dream up the human rights initiative called Charter 77, and suffer four years' imprisonment. His dramatic role in the magical 'velvet' events in the autumn of 1989 is scrutinised. We see him fighting his way through an obstacle course of death, intrigue, rivalry and trickery, then catapulted into the office of president of his country as it gropes its way towards constitutional government, market reforms, and entry into the European Union. Finally we see, through the twists and turns of the past decade, the final act of a tragedy unfolding in the hilltop castle of Prague, to the sounds of public grumbling and sharpening knives." "His account of the tragic life of Vaclav Havel presents a vivid portrait of the tumultuous events of this century. We discover why Havel, the 'post-modern president', came to have admirers in the four corners of the earth. And we see how much Havel can teach us about power-grabbing and power-sharing, the powerful and the powerless."--Jacket
Civil society : old images, new visions by John Keane( Book )

25 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, John Keane examines the causes of the worldwide re-popularisation of the term 'civil society'. The text traces its reappearance in a range of contexts and attempts to clarify the conflicting grammars and vocabularies of its language
Violence and democracy by John Keane( Book )

24 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 495 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 )

39 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in 8 languages and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Debatbog om kommunikationsteknologi, massemedierne og almindelige menneskers informationsfrihed
Public life and late capitalism : toward a socialist theory of democracy by John Keane( Book )

11 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 459 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 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

14 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The changing nature of democracy by Takashi Inoguchi( Book )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 405 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 )

19 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflections on violence by John Keane( Book )

17 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Future of Representative Democracy by Sonia Alonso( Book )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 280 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 )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 250 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 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A very British coup( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A steel-worker is elected prime minister of Great Britain on a very radical socialist platform. When he calls for the dismantling of all nuclear weapons on British soil, a group composed of spies, diplomats and businessmen attempts to bring him down
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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 democracyGlobal civil society?Contradictions of the welfare stateThe Power of the powerless : citizens against the state in central-eastern EuropeDisorganized capitalism : contemporary transformations of work and politicsVáclav Havel : a political tragedy in six actsCivil society : old images, new visionsViolence and democracy