Civic Imagination: Making A Difference In American Political Life
Civic Imagination: Making a Difference in American Political Life
The Civic Imagination provides a rich empirical description of civic life and a broader discussion of the future of democracy in contemporary America. Over the course of a year, five researchers observed and participated in 7 civic organisations in a mid-sized US city. They draw on this ethnographic evidence to map the 'civic imaginations' that motivate citizenship engagement in America today. The book unpacks how contemporary Americans think about and act toward positive social and political change while the authors' findings challenge contemporary assertions of American apathy. This will be an important book for students and academics interested in political science and sociology.
“This book is a rich source of ethnographic data on people’s participation in voluntary organizations that are often overlooked by researchers themselves as not being political in nature. The Civic Imagination makes a valuable contribution to knowledge of how political activity is defined and redefined over time. It would be of interest to undergraduate or graduate students studying methods/qualitative research, social justice, political behavior, or political theory. Summing Up: Recommended.”
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