Civil Society, Democracy, and Civic Renewal

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-05-13
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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Civil society is receiving renewed attention from academics, politicians, journalists, community leaders, and participants in the voluntary sector. Civil Society, Democracy, and Civic Renewal brings together several of AmericaOs leading scholars_of history, sociology, political science, and philosophy_to explore the meaning of civil society, its positive and negative effects, its relation to government, and its contribution to democracy. The chapters range widely, taking up the connection between social trust and civic renewal, the role of citizen councils in environmental decisionmaking, the growth of self-help groups and their impact on community, historical patterns of civic activity by women and African Americans, and the place of expertise in public deliberation on scientific and medical issues. By examining the many disparate views of the civil society debate, this important volume will contribute to the process of civic renewal.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Civil Society: Idea and Actuality
Clansmen, Consumers, and Citizens: Three Takes on Civil Societyp. 9
Making Civil Society Work: Democracy as a Problem of Civic Cooperationp. 31
American Civil Society Talkp. 55
Government and Civil Society
Is There Civic Life beyond the Great National Community?p. 89
Civic Infrastructure in America: The Interrelationship between Government and the Voluntary Sectorp. 127
The View from Quincy Library: Civic Engagement in Environmental Problem Solvingp. 151
A Historical Model of Women's Voluntarism and the State, 1890-1920p. 185
Trust and Civic Virtue
The Role of Trust in Civic Renewalp. 209
Self-Help Groups, Community, and Civil Societyp. 231
The Moral Uses of Pluralismp. 255
Civil Enough: Toward a Liberal Theory of Vice (and Virtue)p. 273
Religion and Race
Religion, Philanthropy, and Political Culturep. 297
Will the Circle Be Unbroken? The Erosion and Transformation of African-American Civic Lifep. 317
Public Deliberation
Beyond the Public Journalism Controversyp. 341
The Changing Role of Expertise in Public Deliberationp. 355
International Civil Society
Civil Society and Transitional Justicep. 375
Democracy and Uncivil Societies: A Critique of Civil Society Determinismp. 403
Indexp. 421
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 431
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