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Socialization to Civil Society: A Life History Study of Community Leaders Peter Robert Sawyer

Socialization to Civil Society: A Life History Study of Community Leaders

Peter Robert Sawyer

Published August 1st 2004
ISBN : 9780791461860
Paperback
204 pages
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While many political theorists argue that the problems and failures of American democracy are rooted in the decline of civil society, few examine how American institutions socialize citizens to participate in the voluntary associations that compriseMoreWhile many political theorists argue that the problems and failures of American democracy are rooted in the decline of civil society, few examine how American institutions socialize citizens to participate in the voluntary associations that comprise civil society. Peter Robert Sawyer offers a life history approach to explore citizen involvement within one community in upstate New York. Sawyers informants model enlightened self-interest and participate actively in their communitys voluntary associations. Their life histories, revealed in rich narrative, tell us how they think about political life and how various agents of socialization--family, peers, school, church, community, media, workplace, and voluntary associations themselves--influence their commitment. The results of this study provide some interesting revelations about how to construct government, corporate, education, and family institutions to encourage civic participation and to maintain the overall health of civil society.