Good Citizenship in America

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Cambridge University Press, 19.07.2004 - 313 Seiten
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.
 

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The Concept of Citizenship
3
Early Civic Ideas
19
The Republican Moment
51
The Democratic Moment
80
The Challenge to Good Citizenship
109
The Rise of Consumerism
137
The Costs of Consumerism
170
Constructive Thinking
223
The Primacy of Politics
253
Index of Names
295
Subject Index
305
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