The Problem with Social Capital
By (author) Barbara Arneil
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Diverse Communities by Barbara Arneil
Book DescriptionDiverse Communities is a critique of Robert Putnam's social capital thesis, re-examined from the perspective of women and cultural minorities in America over the last century. Barbara Arneil argues that the idyllic communities of the past were less positive than Putnam envisions and that the current 'collapse' in participation is better understood as change rather than decline. Arneil suggests that the changes in American civil society in the last half century are not so much the result of generational change or television as the unleashing of powerful economic, social and cultural forces that, despite leading to division and distrust within American society, also contributed to greater justice for women and cultural minorities. She concludes by proposing that the lessons learned from this fuller history of American civil society provide the normative foundation to enumerate the principles of justice by which diverse communities might be governed in the twenty-first century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521673907
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Barbara Arneil
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Diverse Communities, Hardback (September 2006)
Robert Putnam's social capital thesis re-examined from the perspective of women and cultural minorities.
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Addresses the question of gender and feminism in western political theory and practise. This book provides you with both theoretical and historical underpinnings of women's exclusion from politics, and the feminist response to this exclusion. It offers a history of feminism seen from the perspective of its own evolution.
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Author Biography - Barbara Arneil
Barbara Arneil is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. She won the Harrison Prize for the best article published in Political Studies in 1996 and is the author of Feminism and Politics (1999) and John Locke and America: A Defense of English Colonialism (1996).
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