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THE GOOD SOCIETY examines how many of our institutions- from the family to the government itself- fell from grace, and offers concrete proposals for revitalizing them.

At a time when many of our institutions--from the family to government itself--are in disrepair or disrepute, the authors of the bestselling Habits of the Heart examine how those institutions fell from grace and offer concrete proposals for revitalizing them.

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Overview

THE GOOD SOCIETY examines how many of our institutions- from the family to the government itself- fell from grace, and offers concrete proposals for revitalizing them.

At a time when many of our institutions--from the family to government itself--are in disrepair or disrepute, the authors of the bestselling Habits of the Heart examine how those institutions fell from grace and offer concrete proposals for revitalizing them.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Massive citizen participation in the institutions of the economy and government is crucial to solving our nation's problems, according to the authors of this challenging but unspecific work. (Sept.)
Library Journal
The reception accorded the authors' Habits of the Heart ( LJ 3/1/85) should assure a cordial welcome for this follow-up volume. In it, the authors observe that people are losing trust in their institutions--governmental, religious, business, educational, etc.--and maintain that a more active participation by an enlightened citizenry in institutional affairs is essential for the well-being not only of America but of the world. They claim that large-scale institutions are amenable to citizen action and the influence of global opinion. The book is packed with vigorous thinking, and its value as a harsh stimulant cannot be denied. The one defect is that it is perhaps better fitted to arouse people on the need for asserting themselves than to assist them in the task of doing so. For readers who are seriously interested in societal problems.-- A.J. Anderson, Graduate Sch. of Lib. & Information Science, Simmons Coll., Boston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517131718
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: We Live Through Institutions

Chapter 1: Making Sense of It

Chapter 2: The Rise and Fall of the American Century

Chapter 3: The Political Economy: Marker and Work

Chapter 4: Government, Law, and Politics

Chapter 5: Education: Technical and Moral

Chapter 6: The Public Church

Chapter 7: America in the World

Conclusion: Democracy Means Paying Attention

Appendix: Institutions in Sociology and Public Philosophy
Notes
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2005

    A great society is only great as it is good!

    This is one of those books that need to be read over and over again. Although written before 9/11, it is an appropriate book to read today to remind us as to what makes us a good society. Extreme individualism, selfishness, fear, arrogance,bigotry, fanaticism and the bottom line do not make us good nor great. Excellent for on-going discussions, particularly after the 2004 Presidential election leaving America deeply divided.

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