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Essential Civil Society Reader : The Classic Essays

Essential Civil Society Reader : The Classic Essays - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0847697199

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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub, Inc.
Published: 2000
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Essential Civil Society Reader : The Classic Essays - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0847697199

Don E. Ed. Eberly

ISBN13: 978-0847697199
ISBN10: 0847697193
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub, Inc.

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

There is a growing anxiety about the basic health of society. Everywhere we see the fraying of the social fabric, the decline of families, the absence of consensus on unifying moral principles, and the disappearance of community and voluntary associations. Around the world, politicians and intellectuals of all political persuasions seek to restore civil society by cultivating stronger public ethics and social institutions. In The Essential Civil Society Reader Don Eberly, one of the nation's leading civil society theorists and activists, presents the classic writings of the leading scholars and organizers who have brought the civil society debate to the forefront of American politics. The future of democracy depends on a strong civil society, and this book tells readers how we can achieve it.

List of Contributors:
Daniel Bell, Robert Bellah, Peter Berger, John Dilulio, Don E. Eberly, Allan Ehrenhalt, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Amitai Etzioni, Francis Fukuyama, William Galston, Mary Ann Glendon, Vaclav Havel, Gertrude Himmelfarb, John McKnight, Richard John Neuhaus, Robert Nisbet, Michael Sandel, William A. Schambra, James Q. Wilson, and Alan Wolfe.

Author Bio

Eberly, Don E. :

Don E. Eberly is the director of the Civil Society Project, a national initiative advancing ideas to strengthen America's social institutions and community life. He is the editor of many books, including The Content of America's Character: The Recovery of Civic Virtue. Eberly is an affiliate scholar at the Institute for American Values, and founder of the National Fatherhood Initiative. He lives in Lancaster, PA.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview
The Meaning, Origins, and Applications of Civil Society
Don E. Eberly

Civil Society Theory
The Quest for Community: A Study in the Ethics of Order and Freedom
Robert Nisbet
Whose Keeper? Social Science and Moral Obligation
Alan Wolfe
The Good Society: We Live Through Our Institutions
Robert Bellah
The Demoralization of Society: What's wrong with Civil Society
Gertrude Himmelfarb
Democracy on Trial: The Role of Civil Society in Sustaining Democratic Values
Jean Bethke Elshtain
Communitarianism and the Moral Dimension
Amitai Etzioni

Community as a Generator of Social Capital
To Empower People: from State to Civil Society
Peter Berger and Richard John Neuhaus
Professionalized Services: Disabling Help for Communities and Citizens
John McKnight
Culture,Incentives, and the Underclass
James Q. Wilson
The Urban Church: Faith, Outreach and the Inner City Poor
John Dilulio

Civil Society: Civic Trust, Social Authority
The Lost City: The Case for Social Authority
Allan Ehrenhalt
Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity
Francis Fukuyama

Civil Society and the Democratic State
Democracy's Discontent: The Procedural Republic
Michael Sandel
Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse
Mary Ann Glendon
The Progressive Assault of Civic Community
William A. Schambra
Individualism, Liberalism and Democratic Civic Society
William Galston
American Exceptionalism Revisted: The Role of Civil Society
Daniel Bell
Politics, Morality, and Civility
Vaclav Havel

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