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The Virtues of Exit: On Resistance and Quitting Politics

Jennet Kirkpatrick


Successful democracies rely on an active citizenry. They require citizens to participate by voting, serving on juries, and running for office. But what happens when those citizens purposefully opt out of politics? Exit—the act of leaving—is often thought of as purely instinctual, a part of the human “fight or flight” response, or, alternatively, motivated by an antiparticipatory, self-centered impulse. However, in this eye-opening book, Jennet Kirkpatrick argues that the concept of exit deserves closer scrutiny. She names and examines several examples of political withdrawal, from Thoreau deca ... More

Keywords: immigration, political exiles, freedom of movement, political opposition, civil disobedience, political theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469635392
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635392.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennet Kirkpatrick, author
Arizona State University

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