America's Promise: Civil Society and the Renewal of American Culture

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - Political Science - 254 pages
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This is a description of the role of civil society in the preservation of democratic values and institutions, and an explanation of why the preservation of civil society must be a major priority over the next several decades. Our society, argues Don E. Eberly, cannot thrive and perhaps cannot survive, without strong social institutions, a vibrant moral order, and an active, intellectual, and grass roots dimension, and he analyzes the concept of civil society in the context of both political theory and sociology. He then outlines the ways in which the civil society debate reveals and responds to the more fundamental concern of moral collapse evident in America today.
 

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Contents

Civil Society A New Solution
3
The Movement
19
Civil Societys Component Parts
35
Social Institutions Social Regression
37
Civil Society and the Welfare State
59
Community Building and Civic Engagement
75
Renewing the Public Realm Public Space and Democratic Deliberation
95
Cultural Cleanup Manners and ReMoralization
105
Civil Society Its Promise and Limitations
149
Civitas Limited The Limitations of Civil Society
151
The Fragility of Civil Society
163
Civil Society Plus Americas Civic and Transcendent Creeds
181
Toward Moral Realism and Republican Character
201
A Call to Civil Society Why Democracy Needs Moral Truths
217
Select Bibliography
245
Index
249

Recovering Individual Character and Ethics
125
Toward a New Public Philosophy Common Ground and the Common Good
133
About the Author
255
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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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