Good Citizenship in America

Good Citizenship in America

by David M. Ricci
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521543703

ISBN-13: 9780521543705

Pub. Date: 07/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Good Citizenship in America describes the history in America of a civic ideal of who enjoys membership in the state and what obligations that entails. Before 1865, the ideal called for virtuous political behavior by same people (republicanism) but gradually extended the franchise beyond early republican expectations to many people (democracy). Democracy continued to…  See more details below

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Good Citizenship in America describes the history in America of a civic ideal of who enjoys membership in the state and what obligations that entails. Before 1865, the ideal called for virtuous political behavior by same people (republicanism) but gradually extended the franchise beyond early republican expectations to many people (democracy). Democracy continued to expand after 1865, to women and place of color. At the same time, republicanism was challenged when economic development fostered serious disparities of property and income. In the twentieth century the civic ideal was somewhat displaced by consumer aspirations and satisfactions, which flowered especially after World War II. More recently, however, environmental problems and the creative destruction generated by globalization suggest that good citizens should instruct government to rein in consumerism by promoting public policies inspired by "economic conscience." Good Citizenship in America is an easily accessible analysis of civic trends in America, and it recommends strengthening much that is decent in American life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521543705
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IOrigins
1The concept of citizenship3
2Early civic ideas19
Pt. IIAmerican exceptionalism
3The republican moment51
4The democratic moment80
5The challenge to good citizenship109
Pt. IIIThe modern economy
6The rise consumerism137
7The cost of consumerism170
Pt. IVGood citizenship
8Constructive thinking223
9The primary of politics253

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