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The Seven Deadly Citizens: Moving From Civic Stereotypes to Well-Rounded Citizenship

The Seven Deadly Citizens: Moving From Civic Stereotypes to Well-Rounded Citizenship Matt Leighninger American democracy seems to be going through a painful diate needs of political professionals or the far-off dreams of transition process. The symptoms of this shift include declining political observers. voter turnout, increasing mistrust of government, and contentious public meetings. Decisions over land use and the siting Truth and Fiction in the Seven Civic Stereotypes of public facilities are increasingly mired in lawsuits and "not in There is some truth to each of these narrow definitions of citmy backyard" arguments. Scandals involving the police, and izenship, but none of them is sufficient for motivating and susother conflicts between residents and taining broad-based citizen involvepublic employees, have become more ment. By trial and error, successful So citizen involvement efforts often common and more destructive. local organizers have learned to avoid falter because they are conducted on These are not the death throes of stereotyping citizens as: a piecemeal basis, and visions of a democracy; our political system has revitalized democracy seem utopian been through many transitions, and it The Patriotic Voter because they are based on farwill continue to evolve as new crises fetched notions of what people are and new conditions arise. The signs of Enormous http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

The Seven Deadly Citizens: Moving From Civic Stereotypes to Well-Rounded Citizenship

The Good Society , Volume 13 (2) – Jun 1, 2004

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Matt Leighninger American democracy seems to be going through a painful diate needs of political professionals or the far-off dreams of transition process. The symptoms of this shift include declining political observers. voter turnout, increasing mistrust of government, and contentious public meetings. Decisions over land use and the siting Truth and Fiction in the Seven Civic Stereotypes of public facilities are increasingly mired in lawsuits and "not in There is some truth to each of these narrow definitions of citmy backyard" arguments. Scandals involving the police, and izenship, but none of them is sufficient for motivating and susother conflicts between residents and taining broad-based citizen involvepublic employees, have become more ment. By trial and error, successful So citizen involvement efforts often common and more destructive. local organizers have learned to avoid falter because they are conducted on These are not the death throes of stereotyping citizens as: a piecemeal basis, and visions of a democracy; our political system has revitalized democracy seem utopian been through many transitions, and it The Patriotic Voter because they are based on farwill continue to evolve as new crises fetched notions of what people are and new conditions arise. The signs of Enormous

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The Good SocietyPenn State University Press

Published: Jun 1, 2004

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