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Building a Community of Citizens; Civil Society in the 21st Century
     

Building a Community of Citizens; Civil Society in the 21st Century

by Don E. Eberly, : Don E. Eberly (Contribution by), Michael Joyce (Contribution by), Heather Richardson Higgins (Contribution by), Jeffrey A. Eisenach (Contribution by)
 

This book explores the condition of American civil society, evaluates the forces—political, social, demographic, and global—that are operating upon it, and provides critical thinking on how to strengthen it in the decades ahead. Drawing from some of the country's leading thinkers, it looks candidly at the stress fractures on American society— issues

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This book explores the condition of American civil society, evaluates the forces—political, social, demographic, and global—that are operating upon it, and provides critical thinking on how to strengthen it in the decades ahead. Drawing from some of the country's leading thinkers, it looks candidly at the stress fractures on American society— issues such as the underclass, gender, family, and religion, and concludes with five philosophical perspectives: libertarian, populist, communitarian, traditionalist, and the political and cultural center.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer
A strong volume on a vital theme, one important not only to Americans but to all free citizens—and those who would be free citizens—as we enter the 21st century. Readers will find challenging contributions from a variety of philosophical and political perspectives. Recommended for scholars and for all concerned citizens.
— Jean Bethke Elshtain, Vanderbilt University
First Things
Nearly every book on public policy published nowadays demands that we strengthen our communities. But what we need instead is some practical advice on exactly how we are supposed to do it, and 'Building a Community of Citizens' undertakes to give us that advice....the book is consistent in outlook....The essays are very helpful...
— Jean Bethke Elshtain, Vanderbilt University
Southeastern Political Review
Uniformly clear, the concise essays build toward easily digestible conclusions.
— Peter Augustine Lawler, Family Policy
Jean Bethke Elshtain
[The book's] 23 essays are all well-written, and all reflect the soul-searching of men and women deeply committed to the restoration of a decent society as they envision it.
Kelly Green
The writers in this book put up beacons to provide guidance. They come from both liberal and conservative traditions, but it is remarkable how little difference political ideology makes. What illuminates their thought is a common recognition that the loss of civic virtue is corroding our society from the inside, and a shared belief that (if we act fast) the center can still hold.
Southeastern Political Review - Peter Augustine Lawler
Uniformly clear, the concise essays build toward easily digestible conclusions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819196132
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
11/22/1994
Pages:
550
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.12(d)

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