Community Matters

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Civic matters affect all members of a community and are thus of potential concern to all. In Community Matters: Challenges to Civic Engagement in the 21st Century, six distinguished scholars address three perennial challenges of civic life: the making of a citizen, how citizens are to agree (and disagree), and how to define the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The thought-provoking essays in this volume discuss integral civic concerns such as: how can we improve civic education? How do we address controversy within our communities? What are the responsibilities of a citizen? Should the national draft be re-instated in the U.S? These essays will encourage students, academics, and interested citizens outside the academy to go farther and dig deeper into these vital issues.

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Editorial Reviews

Carmen Sirianni
Community Matters makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of key issues in civic education, multicultural conflict, and national service. It is a must read for those engaged in debates on civic renewal in the U.S. I recommend it highly.
David Skaggs
Community Matters makes an extremely helpful contribution to a pressing issue for the country: How do we stop the hollowing out of our own democracy and rebuild a culture of healthy civic participation? This collection of essays is a nice civic sampler – aiding us with sound analysis, thoughtful insights and good advice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742549609
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Institute for Philosophy and Public Poli
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Verna V. Gehring is editor at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland, and editor of Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 I. The Challenge of Civic Education Chapter 2 Solving the Civic Achievement Gap in De Facto Segregated Schools Chapter 3 Civic Education and Political Participation Chapter 4 II. The Challenge of Civic Debate Chapter 5 State Symbals and Multiculturalism Chapter 6 Lessons from the Brooklyn Museum Controversy Chapter 7 III. Service in Deed?: Civic Engagement and the Prospect of Mandatory Military Service Chapter 8 A Sketch of Some Arguments for Conscription Chapter 9 Conscription—No Chapter 10 Conscription: Between the Horns

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