The Essential Civil Society Reader: Classic Essays in the American Civil Society Debate

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - 414 pages
Around the world politicians and intellectuals seek to restore civil society by cultivating stronger public ethics and social institutions. This text presents classic writings of leading scholars and organizers who have brought the civil society debate to the forefront.

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Contents

The Meaning Origins and Applications of Civil Society
3
The Quest for Community A Study in the Ethics of Order and Freedom
33
Whose Keeper? Social Science and Moral Obligation
51
The Good Society We Live through Our Institutions
69
The Demoralization of Society Whats Wrong with the Civil Society
95
Democracy on Trial The Role of Civil Society in Sustaining Democratic Values
101
Communitarianism and the Moral Dimension
123
To Empower People From State to Civil Society
143
The Lost City The Case for Social Authority
239
Trust The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity
257
Democracys Discontent The Procedural Republic
269
Rights Talk The Impoverishment of Political Discourse
305
The Progressive Assault of Civic Community
317
Individualism Liberalism and Democratic Civic Society
353
American Exceptionalism Revisited The Role of Civil Society
373
Politics Morality and Civility
391

Professionalized Services Disabling Help for Communities and Citizens
183
Culture Incentives and the Underclass
195
The Urban Church Faith Outreach and the InnerCity Poor
217
Index
403
About the Contributors
411
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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.

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