Soul of Civil Society: Voluntary Associations and the Public Value of Moral Habits

Soul of Civil Society: Voluntary Associations and the Public Value of Moral Habits

by Don Eberly, Ryan Streeter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739104233

ISBN-13: 9780739104231

Pub. Date: 10/15/2002

Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc

Americans care about the public value of moral habits. They like to see virtue rewarded and vice censured, appealing as this does to the nation's deep sense that one's success rests neither in money nor in power but in one's civility. In The Soul of Civil Society Don Eberly and Ryan Streeter look beyond such abstractions as the "voluntary sector" and superficial

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Americans care about the public value of moral habits. They like to see virtue rewarded and vice censured, appealing as this does to the nation's deep sense that one's success rests neither in money nor in power but in one's civility. In The Soul of Civil Society Don Eberly and Ryan Streeter look beyond such abstractions as the "voluntary sector" and superficial communitarian solutions to civic anomie to identify the pivotal role played by local voluntary associations in a civil society. Not only important for the services they provide, these "little platoons," as Edmund Burke labeled them, are the public incubators of a "new" morality, their emphasis on civic engagement at the local level central to preserving America's democratic culture on the national and international stage. More than simply championing the promise of a social renaissance, The Soul of Civil Society is essential reading for those seeking to do battle with a culturally entrenched individualism that threatens the core of America's moral vitality.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739104231
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
10/15/2002
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction: Voluntary Associations and the Cultivation of Moral Habits Part 2 The Promise of Social Renaissance Chapter 3 The Coming Social Renaissance: Restoring America's Civic and Moral Creed Chapter 4 Toward a Human Scale: Making the World Work at the Street Level Chapter 5 Individuals and a Healthy Civic Order Part 6 Voluntary Associations, Public Policy, and the Marketplace Chapter 7 Voluntary Associations and the Remoralization of America Chapter 8 Targeting Recovery to Low-Income Families Chapter 9 A Humane Economy: The Moral Dimensions of Enterprise Part 10 Moral Habits and the Public Good Chapter 11 Fathers, Families, and Citizenship Chapter 12 Cultivating Moral Habits: Four Social Virtues Worth the Work Chapter 13 The Reformation of Manners Chapter 14 The Golden Rule: A Universal Moral Ethic for Society

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