Civic Engagement in American Democracy
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Civic Engagement in American Democracy

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American democracy is in many ways more vital than ever before. Advocacy groups proliferate and formerly marginalized groups enjoy new opportunities. But worrisome trends exist. Millions of Americans are drawing back from involvements with community affairs and politics. Voters stay home; public officials grapple with distrust or indifference; and people are less likely to...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Brookings Institution Press
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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!
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).
Lindsay Campbell
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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