Education and Democratic Citizenship in America / Edition 1

Education and Democratic Citizenship in America / Edition 1

by Norman H. Nie, Jane Junn, Kenneth Stehlik-Barry
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226583899

ISBN-13: 9780226583891

Pub. Date: 11/28/1996

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Norman H. Nie, Jane Junn, and Kenneth Stehlik-Barry explore in this volume the causal relationships between education and democratic citizenship. They argue that citizenship encompasses both political engagement in pursuit of political interests as well as commitment to democratic values that temper what citizens are willing to do to win in politics. Education affects…  See more details below

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Norman H. Nie, Jane Junn, and Kenneth Stehlik-Barry explore in this volume the causal relationships between education and democratic citizenship. They argue that citizenship encompasses both political engagement in pursuit of political interests as well as commitment to democratic values that temper what citizens are willing to do to win in politics. Education affects these two dimensions in distinct ways, influencing democratic enlightenment through cognitive proficiency and sophistication, and political engagement through position in social networks. For characteristics of enlightenment, formal education simply adds to the degree to which citizens support and are knowledgeable about democratic principles. But for political engagement, education orders the distribution of social position and connections, creating an inherently uneven political playing field. The authors develop and test this model with data from the 1990 Citizen Participation Study, along with pooled cross-sectional survey data from the National Election Study and the General Social Survey over the last quarter-century. Despite a dramatic increase in educational attainment over this time period, political engagement has not risen at a commensurate level. Instead, as society becomes more educated, it takes more and more education to reach a position in the social hierarchy that facilitates political engagement. Alternatively, the same increases in education in the American mass public have produced a more tolerant and informed citizenry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226583891
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Edition description:
1
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

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1Education and Democratic Citizenship in America: Enlightened Political Engagement1
2Enlightened Political Engagement: Characteristics of Democratic Citizenship and Their Relationship to Education11
3What Links Education to Enlightened Political Engagement? Cognitive and Positional Pathways39
4Integrating and Testing the Model59
5Confirming the Enlightenment and Political Engagement Dimensions81
6Reconceptualizing Educational Effects97
7Education and Democratic Citizenship from the 1970's to the 1990's: Defining and Operationalizing the Measures111
8Testing Educational Effects Over Time131
9Absolute and Relative Education in Synchronic Studies: Application to Cross-Sectional Surveys167
10Education and Democratic Citizenship in Other Nations: An Exploratory Comparative Analysis177
11The Future of Education and Democratic Citizenship: Some Implications of Our Findings187
App. A1990 Citizen Participation Study Questions197
App. BWeighting Procedures for the 1990 Citizen Participation Study Data215
App. CBasic Model by Race and Gender217
App. DCreating the Political Engagement and Enlightenment Scales221
App. ENonrecursive Specifications225
App. FEducational Environment and Relative Education Measures227
App. GDocumentation of the Over Time Data235
App. HDocumentation of Unreported Coefficients239
Bibliography249
Index263

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