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An analysis of civic engagement in American democracy. It opens with a look at the roots of America's patterns of civic engagement, examining the ways in which social groups and government and electoral politics have influenced each other. Other chapters examine the impact of advocacy groups and socioeconomic inequalities on democratic processes and probe the influence of ...more
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Published August 27th 1999 by Brookings Institution Press (first published August 1st 1999)
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angela
Truthfully, I've only read about half of the essays in this book (I plan to read a few more when time allows) and it's a good volume (even if the discussion of technology is a little dated). It offers a number of perspectives on civic engagement and seems to serve as a good primer for those who know very little about participation. Most of the chapters are even fairly well written!
Melissa
Very nice collection for thinking about civic associations and their role in keeping a democracy healthy vis-a-vis civic engagement. It offers articles providing useful historical backgrounds, and from specific perspectives (e.g. class, gender, race).
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Oct 25, 2007 Lindsay Campbell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: americans, liberals, sociologists
this edited volume is GREAT! really adds to the debate with putnam. well written, clearly worded, thoughtful, great.
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