Homegrown democracy, homegrown democrats

Norman K. Denzin

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Written on the eve of the 2004 American presidential election, this political narrative offers a critical reading of two models of democracy: Instant-Mix imperial democracy (bring to a boil, add oil, then bomb), criticized by Arundhati Roy, and Garrison Keillor's Homegrown Democrat. Keillor's pastoral view of democracy is anchored in LakeWobegon, his imaginary utopian community. His homegrown democracy is narrow, provincial, and White. The author concludes that he must look elsewhere for his alternative view of democracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-131
Number of pages6
JournalCultural Studies - Critical Methodologies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005


  • Democracy
  • Empire
  • Mass media
  • War

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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