Civic Life in the Information Age

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Defying the general belief that American citizenship is in decline, Sanford claims that Generation X is actually taking positions of civic leadership and authority as Baby Boomers retire. By exploring the traditional instrument of social capital, civic culture and political science, she attempts to make us understand more appropriately this maligned generation.

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Overview

Defying the general belief that American citizenship is in decline, Sanford claims that Generation X is actually taking positions of civic leadership and authority as Baby Boomers retire. By exploring the traditional instrument of social capital, civic culture and political science, she attempts to make us understand more appropriately this maligned generation.

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"Numerous commentators have written about civic disengagement among the nation's youth but none more discerningly than Stefanie Sanford. Civic Life in the Information Age is enormously fresh, in part because of its author's intelligence and in part because of the depth of her interviews with young adults. Sanford has uncovered the voice of American youth in all of its nuance and complexity. We must listen to that voice. The nation's future depends on our doing so."
—Roderick P. Hart, Director, Annette Strauss Institute, University of Texas at Austin

"Stefanie Sanford's Civic Life in the Information Age tackles what is perhaps the most pressing issue of our time: Do changing definitions of what it means to be civic result in a decline of civic life? Her research shows that civic life is alive and well, in new and ever more vibrant forms today. She shows us how young people across America are connecting to one another, becoming passionately engaged in civic life and redefining community in new and better ways."
—Richard Florida, Hirst Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University

"Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what the ongoing generational change means for our civic life and politics. Sanford's work makes sense of the competing generational norms that define much of our public dialogue today."
—Andrew J. Rotherham, Co-Director Education Sector and former White House education advisor to President Bill Clinton

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403976345
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/6/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Stefanie Sanford works at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Table of Contents

The Problems of Citizenship in the Early 21st Century
• History's Standards of Good Citizenship
• Assessing Contemporary Citizenship: The Case for Qualitative Methods
• Cyber-Democrats and Just-in-Time Social Capital * Wireheads as New Minimalists: 'I Gave at the Office'
• Tech Elites: Bridging Old and New Social Capital
• Trailing Xers, Rising Millenials, and Two Clichés
• Embracing and Surfing Social Change: Generation X and New Norms of Civic Life and Social Capital

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