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

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.
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.
Bill Bradley
Communitarianism promises to shape a new political era in the way progressivism reshaped our nation a century ago.
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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: 1,190,112
  • 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

The Responsive Communitarian Platform: Rights and Responsibilities
1 Foundations of Communitarian Liberalism 3
2 Community Properly Understood: A Defense of "Democratic Communitarianism" 15
3 The Limits of Libertarianism 21
4 A Moral Reawakening Without Puritanism 41
5 The Dangers of Soft Despotism 47
6 Beyond Teledemocracy: "America on the Line" 55
7 Social Justice: A Communitarian Perspective 61
8 A Precarious Balance: Economic Opportunity, Civil Society, and Political Liberty 73
9 Rights and Responsibilities 97
10 "Absolute" Rights: Property and Privacy 107
11 Permissible Paternalism: In Defense of the Nanny State 115
12 Finding a Place for Community in the First Amendment 125
13 AIDS Prevention vs. Cultural Sensitivity 131
14 A Gangsta's Rights 139
15 A Liberal-Democratic Case for the Two-Parent Family 145
16 How Therapists Threaten Marriages 157
17 Residential Community Associations: Community or Disunity? 167
18 When Redistribution and Economic Growth Fail 177
19 What Makes a Good Urban Park? 183
20 The Loss of Public Space 187
21 Rebuilding Urban Communities 199
22 The Libertarian Conundrum: Why the Market Does Not Safeguard Civil Rights 207
23 Drug Abuse Control Policy: Libertarian, Authoritarian, Liberal, and Communitarian Perspectives 217
24 Inner-City Crime: What the Federal Government Should Do 227
25 A Mandate For Liberty: Requiring Education-Based Community Service 237
26 Social Science Finds: "Marriage Matters" 247
27 Democracy and the Politics of Difference 259
28 Pluralism vs. Particularism in American Education 269
29 Immigration and Political Community in the United States 283
30 Who Killed Modern Manners? 295
Index 303
About the Contributors 321
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