Civil Society

Author: Brian O'Connell
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 9780874519259
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A guide for what citizen leaders and teachers must do to ensure that our democracy will last another century.

Beyond Tocqueville

Author: Bob Edwards
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 9781584651253
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An interdisciplinary collection of historical and comparative articles on civil society and the social capital debate.

Social Enterprise

Author: Janelle A. Kerlin
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 1584658169
Format: PDF
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The first comparative look at how social enterprise is shaped by local conditions worldwide

Uncharitable

Author: Dan Pallotta
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 1584659556
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A courageous call to free charity from its ideological and economic constraints

Civil Society

Author: Michael Edwards
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745684297
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Civil Society has become a standard work of reference for those who seek to understand the role of voluntary citizen action. Recent global unrest has shown the importance of social movements and street protests in world politics. However, as this lucid book shows, the power that people have to shape their societies is usually channeled through day-to-day participation in voluntary associations and communities: expressions of “normal” civic life beyond the headlines. This is the underlying story of civil society. This new edition explores issues that have developed rapidly in recent years, including the overlaps between civil society and the market in the form of social enterprises and “venture philanthropy,” and the increasing role of social media and information and communication technologies in civic interaction. Different varieties of civil society in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere are investigated in more detail, and case studies, data, and references have been updated throughout. Colleges, foundations and NGOs, policy-makers, journalists and commissions of inquiry Ð all have used Edwards’s book to understand and strengthen the vital role that civil society can play in deepening democracy, re-building community, and addressing inequality and injustice. This new edition will be required reading for anyone who is interested in creating a better world through voluntary citizen action.

Civic Agriculture

Author: Thomas A. Lyson
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 1611683033
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A engaging analysis of food production in the United States emphasizing that sustainable agricultural development is important to community health.

Citizen Environmentalists

Author: James Longhurst
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 1584659114
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A telling look at the lives and strategies of women environmental activists in the long 1960s, solidly grounded in a national context

Strong Liberalism

Author: Jason A. Scorza
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 9781584656654
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In this age of "total" war on terrorism, many liberals fail to recognize the dangers of adopting the methods of their enemies--of meeting propaganda with propaganda, cruelty with cruelty, and violence with violence. Other liberals reject even modest efforts to teach and regulate good citizenship, fearing that in doing so they will come to resemble their enemies. Can liberal democracy be strengthened and secured without either compromising basic liberal principles or emasculating fundamental liberal purposes? The great totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century are gone, but the need for "strong liberalism" has never been more urgent. Jason A. Scorza argues that liberalism can generate an account of citizenship responsive to such pressing contemporary challenges as political fear, political apathy, and conformist political membership. Strong Liberalism is founded on understanding thoroughly the canonical defenders of liberal democracy (John Stuart Mill, John Rawls, and Judith Shklar), moving beyond the thinking of prominent contemporary theorists (Stephen Macedo, William Galston, and Thomas Spragens), and parrying the arguments of liberalism's critics (Benjamin Barber, Michael Sandel, and Mary Ann Glendon). Scorza imparts a sharp theory of "strong liberalism" that summons liberal philosophy to the battlefield of the inner life of politics and recalls it to its own essential but often overlooked strengths: civic friendship, political courage, political self-reliance, civic toleration, and political irreverence. The theory of strong liberalism accepts that civic strength is rooted in civic pluralism. Liberal democracy is best served by the cultivation of multiple examples of good citizenship rather than by the insistence that a single, ideal civic character can be identified and universally imposed through civic education.