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Good Citizenship in America

Good Citizenship in America


  • Date Published: September 2004
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521543705

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  • Good Citizenship in America describes a civic ideal of who enjoys membership in the state and what obligations that entails, and traces its history in America. Until 1865, this ideal called for virtuous political behavior (republicanism) but extended the franchise beyond early republican expectations (democracy). The book follows the widening of the franchise to women and people of color and to those with little or no property following economic development post 1865. In the twentieth century, the civic ideal was influenced by the increase of consumerism, its peak after World War II, and its subsequent decline. More recent citizenship, informed by environmental problems and growing global Darwinism, places a bigger and bigger emphasis on the 'economic conscience'. This is an easily accessible analysis of civic trends in America, and one that highlights much of what is decent in American life.

    • Upbeat on American democracy
    • Based on popular sources but illuminated by academic theories
    • Highlights economic reform as a central issue around which many citizens can agree to act together
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521543705
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.435kg
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Origins:
    1. The concept of citizenship
    2. Early civic ideas
    Part II. American Exceptionalism:
    3. The republican movement
    4. The democratic movement
    5. The challenge to good citizenship
    Part III. The Modern Economy:
    6. The rise of consumerism
    7. The costs of consumerism
    Part IV. Good Citizenship:
    8. Constructive thinking
    9. The primacy of politics
    Part V. End Notes.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • American Culture
    • Politics in America: Liberty and Equality
  • Author

    David M. Ricci, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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