Civil Society, Democracy, and Civic Renewal

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Civil society is receiving renewed attention from academics, politicians, journalists, community leaders, and participants in the voluntary sector. Civil Society, Democracy, and Civic Renewal brings together several of America's leading scholars of history, sociology, political science, and philosophyI to explore the meaning of civil society, its positive and negative effects, its relation to government, and its contribution to democracy. The chapters range widely, taking up the connection between social trust ...
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Overview

Civil society is receiving renewed attention from academics, politicians, journalists, community leaders, and participants in the voluntary sector. Civil Society, Democracy, and Civic Renewal brings together several of America's leading scholars of history, sociology, political science, and philosophyI to explore the meaning of civil society, its positive and negative effects, its relation to government, and its contribution to democracy. The chapters range widely, taking up the connection between social trust and civic renewal, the role of citizen councils in environmental decision making, the growth of self-help groups and their impact on community, historical patterns of civic activity by women and African Americans, and the place of expertise in public deliberation on scientific and medical issues. By examining the many disparate views of the civil society debate, this important volume will contribute to the process of civic renewal.
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Editorial Reviews

Political Studies Review
The empirical and theoretical studies will be of real value to political theorists and political sociologists working in the area of democratic institutions and social relations.
— Elizabeth Frazer
Booknews
Seventeen essays, produced for the National Commission on Civic Renewal, written by members of the Commission's Working Group on Civil Society and the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy. The articles explore a number of issues raised by the American conception of civil society and its current manifestation. Specific discussions include treatments of the ramifications of church/state separation for the richness of civilian associations, social movements as hitherto unrecognized shapers of political opinion, and the connection between official political structures and the character of civil society institutions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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The book will be of great value to everyone interested in the critical assessment of a wide array of issues associated with the current civil society debates.
Political Studies Review - Elizabeth Frazer
The empirical and theoretical studies will be of real value to political theorists and political sociologists working in the area of democratic institutions and social relations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847693559
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Pages: 442
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert K. Fullinwider is senior research scholar at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, University of Maryland. His writings have spanned such topics as violence in war, professional codes of ethics, moral growth, and multicultural education. He is the author of The Reverse Discrimination Controversy (1980).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Civil Society: Idea and Actuality
1 Clansmen, Consumers, and Citizens: Three Takes on Civil Society 9
2 Making Civil Society Work: Democracy as a Problem of Civic Cooperation 31
3 American Civil Society Talk 55
Pt. 2 Government and Civil Society
4 Is There Civic Life beyond the Great National Community? 89
5 Civic Infrastructure in America: The Interrelationship between Government and the Voluntary Sector 127
6 The View from Quincy Library: Civic Engagement in Environmental Problem Solving 151
7 A Historical Model of Women's Voluntarism and the State, 1890-1920 185
Pt. 3 Trust and Civic Virtue
8 The Role of Trust in Civic Renewal 209
9 Self-Help Groups, Community, and Civil Society 231
10 The Moral Uses of Pluralism 255
11 Civil Enough: Toward a Liberal Theory of Vice (and Virtue) 273
Pt. 4 Religion and Race
12 Religion, Philanthropy, and Political Culture 297
13 Will the Circle Be Unbroken? The Erosion and Transformation of African-American Civic Life 317
Pt. 5 Public Deliberation
14 Beyond the Public Journalism Controversy 341
15 The Changing Role of Expertise in Public Deliberation 355
Pt. 6 International Civil Society
16 Civil Society and Transitional Justice 375
17 Democracy and Uncivil Societies: A Critique of Civil Society Determinism 403
Index 421
About the Editor and Contributors 431
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