Rights and the Common Good: The Communitarian Perspective / Edition 1

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This is a provocative new book that examines the relationship between individual rights and social responsibilities. The book's thirty essays explore the foundations of communitarian thought as well as the implications of communitarian ideas for contemporary public and social policy. The essays also discuss how communities can be strengthened and consider how society can be more responsive to the needs of individuals and communities.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Neither an overview nor a history of the growing communitarian movement, this collection focuses, as sociologist and movement leader Etzioni states, on two core issues: the balance between rights and responsibilities, and the roles of institutions that foster moral values. The 30 previously published essays by academics and journalists engage a range of controversial topics. Noting that libertarians romanticize First Amendment history, Mary Ellen Gale argues that discriminatory verbal harassment should be seen as violating the equality guarantees of the Constitution. Also intriguing are Robert Godin's defense of government paternalismhis example posits more limits on tobacco promotion and availabilityand William Galston's defense of the two-parent family, proposing ``braking'' mechanisms to slow divorce proceedings. More theoretically, Robert Dahl suggests several innovations citizens assemblies and the like to bring politics closer to people. Unfortunately, several articleson topics like community policing or HIV notificationare either too dry or too short. And a thoughtful essay by Christopher Lasch reminds us that communitarianism still doesn't offer much guidance on issues like affirmative action or abortion. Sept.
Edited by Amitai Etzioni, the founder and leader of the communitarian movement, this volume examines the relationship between individual rights and social responsibilities. The 30 essays explore the foundations of communitarian thought as well as the implication of communitarian ideas for contemporary public and social policy. The essays also discuss how communities can be strengthened and consider how society can be more responsive to the needs of individuals and communities. The contributors include Benjamin Barber, Robert N. Bellah, Christopher Lasch, Diane Ravitch, and Lester Thurow. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312089689
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 11/15/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 293
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: We, the Communitarians. Introduction, Amitai Etzioni. The Responsive Communitarian Platform: Rights and Responsibilities. Part I: The Communitarian Paradigm. 1. Mary Ann Glendon, Rights in Twentieth Century Constitutions. 2. Dallin H. Oaks, Rights and Responsibilities. 3. Robert N. Bellah, The Quest for Self. 4. Christopher Lasch, Communitarianism or Populism? 5. Juan Williams, Japan: The Price of Safe Streets. Part II: Policy Applications. 6. Ronald Bayer and Kathleen E. Toomey, Preventing HIV: Rights, Duties, and Partner Notification. 7. Roger Conner, Checkpoint at Inkster: Reasonable or Unreasonable? 8. Mary Ellen Gale, Free Speech, Equal Rights, and Water Buffaloes: University Regulation of Discriminatory Verbal Harassment. 9. Sharon J. Pressner, Pornography: Free Speech versus Civil Rights? 10. Donovan D. Rypkema, The Misunderstandings of the "Property Rights" Movement. Part III: Moral Infrastructure. 11. Robert E. Goodin, In Defense of the Nanny State. 12. Isabel V. Sawhill, The New Paternalism: Earned Welfare. 13. William Galston, A Liberal-Democratic Case for the Two-Parent Family. 14. William Damon, Moral Guidance for Today's Youth, In School and Out. 15. John Leo, Schools to Parents: Keep Out. 16. John Gardner, Building a Responsive Community. 17. Diane Ravitch, Pluralism within Unity: A Communitarian Version of Multiculturalism. 18. Dennis Farney, Mosaic of Hope: Ethnic Identities Clash with Student Idealism at a College. 19. Benjamin R. Barber, A Mandate for Liberty: Requiring Education-Based Community Service. 20. Suzanne Goldsmith, Crossing the Tracks: A Lesson in Public Service. 21. Robert Wuthnow, Between the State and Market: Voluntarism and the Difference It Makes. Part IV: Shoring Up Communities. 22. Fred Siegel, The Loss of Public Space. 23. Brian Forst, Community Policing. 24. National Public Radio, L.A. Gated Communities. 25. Elizabeth Ginsburg, This Town Will Die without Our School. 26. Lisa Belkin, Where Necessity Ends for Hospital Care. Part V: Toward a Responsive Society. 27. Robert Dahl, Participation and the Problem of Civic Understanding. 28. Amitai Etzioni, On Restoring the Moral Voice. 29. Lester Thurow, Communitarian vs. Individualistic Capitalism. 30. David Osborne, Beyond Left and Right: A New Political Paradigm. About the Authors.

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