How to Be a Citizen

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Pub Date 4 Jul 2024 | Archive Date 22 Jul 2024

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Description

We believe that rules and laws are in place to protect us. They are what keep our societies from descending into chaos. Without them, how would we know our right from wrong, live comfortably in our communities and be good neighbours to one another?

C.L. Skach feels differently. She always believed in the strength of the law – she spent her career in some of the most fractured, war-torn corners of the world, reading and writing constitutions to help fix society. But as she sat alone in a sandbagged trailer in Baghdad after a rocket attack, she admitted what she’d been denying for years: a good society cannot be imposed from above. It comes from leaning less on formal rules, and more on each other.

Skach lays out six ideas, informed by everything from civil wars to civil rights struggles, bystander responsibility to mutual aid in the pandemic, to help us build small societies of our own. These ideas sometimes sound simple: share the vegetables from your garden, spend time on a park bench. But taken together they can amount to real, bottom-up change.

How to Be a Citizen is a hopeful handbook for a better world – one we can all help build together.

We believe that rules and laws are in place to protect us. They are what keep our societies from descending into chaos. Without them, how would we know our right from wrong, live comfortably in our...


Advance Praise

'When a renowned constitutional scholar explains why the law is not enough and is sometimes even the problem, we need to listen'

PETER GRAY, AUTHOR OF FREE TO LEARN

'Skach convincingly tells us that laws and rules are not sufficient for living together in peace'

CARLO ROVELLI, AUTHOR OF SEVEN BRIEF LESSONS ON PHYSICS

'This book will help you understand the mess we're in while providing a roadmap for a better future'

BEN RAWLENCE

'When a renowned constitutional scholar explains why the law is not enough and is sometimes even the problem, we need to listen'

PETER GRAY, AUTHOR OF FREE TO LEARN

'Skach convincingly tells us that...


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EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9781526655202
PRICE £20.00 (GBP)
PAGES 288

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