According to editor Omar Swartz, the aim of Communication and Creative Democracy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives is to provide “a conceptual framework for understanding what it means to be an engaged citizen” (13). To accomplish this aim, Swartz brings together ten essays from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds that are intended to tease out and further develop the notion of “creative democracy,” an admittedly vague term coming out of the work of John Dewey. However, this is a book one should not read if one is looking to find out more about Dewey and his thought. Yet for those interested in the role of communication in relation to inclusive, democratic spheres, and how its myriad contemporary manifestations might impact the kind of people we are and the sort of world in which we live, then this is a valuable collection of essays to which one might turn.

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