Essential Communitarian Reader

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This comprehensive book shows why communitarian thought has had such a profound influence on contemporary American public policy, from strengthening our neighborhoods to fighting AIDS and educating our children. Edited by Amitai Etzioni, founder of the Communitarian Network, this anthology contains essays written by the nation's most respected thinkers, including Robert Bellah, Mary Ann Glendon, Benjamin Barber, Senator Bill Bradley, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and many others. See why politicians as diverse as Vice President Al Gore and Jack Kemp view communitarian social philosophy as the most practical way of restoring America's communities and redeeming its political institutions.
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Editorial Reviews

Bill Bradley
Communitarianism promises to shape a new political era in the way progressivism reshaped our nation a century ago.
The San Francisco Chronicle
For a movement that is only a few years old, the communitarians are bursting with ideas for rebuilding what they see as the pillars of society—the family, the school, and the community.
Thirty articles from the journal , founded in 1990 as a forum for new communitarian thought. They discuss such topics as the foundations of communitarian liberalism, rights and responsibilities, how therapists threaten marriages, why the market does not safeguard civil rights,, democracy and the politics of difference, and immigration and political community in the US. Most of the contributors write from an academic setting. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847688272
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/25/1998
  • Series: Rights and Responsibilities Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 1,302,628
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Amitai Etzioni is university professor at George Washington University. He is the author and editor of many influential books, including The Spirit of Community and The New Golden Rule. He resides in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Responsive Communitarian Platform: Rights and Responsibilities Part 3 Part I. Communitarian Theory Chapter 4 Foundations of Communitarian Liberalism Chapter 5 Community Properly Understood: A Defense of "Democratic Communitarianism" Chapter 6 The Limits of Libertarianism Chapter 7 A Moral Reawakening Without Puritanism Chapter 8 The Dangers of Soft Despotism Chapter 9 Beyond Teledemocracy: "America on the Line" Chapter 10 Social Justice: A Communitarian Perspective Chapter 11 A Precarious Balance: Economic Opportunity, Civil Society and Political Liberty Part 12 Part II. Rights and Responsibilities Chapter 13 Rights and Responsibilities Chapter 14 "Absolute" Rights": Property and Privacy Chapter 15 Permissible Paternalism: In Defense of the Nanny State Chapter 16 Finding a Place for Community in the First Amendment Chapter 17 AIDS Prevention vs. Cultural Sensitivity Chapter 18 A Gangsta's Rights Part 19 Part III. Communitarian Policy Chapter 20 A Liberal-Democratic Case for the Two-Parent Family Chapter 21 Residential Community Associations: Community or Disunity? Chapter 22 When Redistribution and Economic Growth Fail Chapter 23 What Makes a Good Urban Park? Chapter 24 The Loss of Public Space Chapter 25 Rebuilding Urban Communities Chapter 26 The Libertarian Conundrum: Why the Market Does Not Safeguard Civil Rights Chapter 27 Drug Abuse Control Policy: Liberatarian, Authoritarian, Liberal, and Communitarian Perspectives Chapter 28 Inner-City Crime: What the Federal Government Should Do Chapter 29 A Mandate For Liberty: Requiring Education-Based Community Service Chapter 30 Social Science Finds: "Marriage Matters" Chapter 31 Part IV. The Community of Communities Chapter 32 Democracy and the Politics of Difference Chapter 33 Pluralism vs. Particularism in American Education Chapter 34 Immigration and Political Community in the United States Chapter 35 Who Killed Modern Manners? Chapter 36 Index

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