Study Questions: Chapter 1

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1. When has non-violent civil disobedience been used to protest and resist the law?

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2. What is “legitimacy”?

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3. What distinguishes politics from conflicts in the family, the workplace, social organizations, and the marketplace?

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4. What is “totalitarianism”?

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5. What is “cultural hegemony”?

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6. Why did Alexis de Tocqueville argue that the best protection against the tyranny of the majority is the existence of multiple group identities in society?

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7. What does Neil Postman mean when he uses the term “disinformation”?

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8. Why are referendums and plebiscites listed as examples of direct democracy?

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9. Can Canada still be called a democracy when unelected justices of the Supreme Court make key decisions on public issues, as in the case of sexual orientation? Why or why not?

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10. What is the “rule of law”?

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