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Issues Raised by a Reading of Civic Innovation in America: Continuity in Relational Organizing by Community Women, Rightwing Forces Against Democracy, and A Closer Look at On-the-Ground Practices and Strategic Visions

Issues Raised by a Reading of Civic Innovation in America: Continuity in Relational Organizing by... BOOKS IN REVIEW Susan Ostrander Sirianni and Friedland call themselves "agnostic" on the "ultiexpands the concept of active citizenship to every aspect of pubmate outcomes of civic renewal." Nevertheless they aim to show lic life. Given the world-wide shift away from the state, the longthat real social change is possible in America, and that innovative standing concept of civil society has been resurrected to bolster forms of civic participation now taking shape can make it happen. new visions of public life. Even political scientists have now turned Like the authors of Civic Innovation in America, I see many their attention to "associational life" as a critical foundation for examples of people coming together to struggle for change that democracy (Warren, M.E. 2001). A number of other works have will improve their lives and communities. I have been troubled-- recently been published which focus on this important form of as these authors seem to be--by a too quick and too uncritical community and relationally-based civic politics or civic engageacceptance of claims of a national crisis in active citizenship I ment. Indeed, it has perhaps now become the dominant way of have puzzled over why Robert Putnam's thinking about American http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

Issues Raised by a Reading of Civic Innovation in America: Continuity in Relational Organizing by Community Women, Rightwing Forces Against Democracy, and A Closer Look at On-the-Ground Practices and Strategic Visions

The Good Society , Volume 12 (1) – Dec 2, 2003

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BOOKS IN REVIEW Susan Ostrander Sirianni and Friedland call themselves "agnostic" on the "ultiexpands the concept of active citizenship to every aspect of pubmate outcomes of civic renewal." Nevertheless they aim to show lic life. Given the world-wide shift away from the state, the longthat real social change is possible in America, and that innovative standing concept of civil society has been resurrected to bolster forms of civic participation now taking shape can make it happen. new visions of public life. Even political scientists have now turned Like the authors of Civic Innovation in America, I see many their attention to "associational life" as a critical foundation for examples of people coming together to struggle for change that democracy (Warren, M.E. 2001). A number of other works have will improve their lives and communities. I have been troubled-- recently been published which focus on this important form of as these authors seem to be--by a too quick and too uncritical community and relationally-based civic politics or civic engageacceptance of claims of a national crisis in active citizenship I ment. Indeed, it has perhaps now become the dominant way of have puzzled over why Robert Putnam's thinking about American

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The Good SocietyPenn State University Press

Published: Dec 2, 2003

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