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Table TalkBuilding Democracy One Meal at a Time$
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Janet A. Flammang

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040290

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040290.001.0001

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(p.219) Conclusion
Table Talk

Janet A. Flammang

University of Illinois Press

This book concludes with a discussion of some important ethical, practical, and theoretical issues that arise from table talk and democracy. In terms of ethics, it tackles a variety of questions, such as who has the responsibility to learn, teach, and conduct the art of conversation; what rules should be set about who gets to talk, and how, at the table; who gets included and who gets excluded in our commensality; and how to handle conflict and difficult conversations. From a practical standpoint, it considers how we learn, teach, and practice the art of conversation. Finally, the book examines how it contributes to theories about democracy, resilience, and reducing prejudice.

Keywords:   table talk, democracy, ethics, conversations, commensality, conflict, difficult conversations, resilience

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