The Search for Political Community
American Activists Reinventing Commitment
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Search for Political Community by Paul Lichterman
Book DescriptionThis book challenges the myth that Americans' emphasis on personal fulfilment necessarily weakens commitment to the common good. Drawing on extensive participant-observation with a variety of environmentalist groups, Paul Lichterman argues that individualism sometimes enhances public, political commitment and that a shared respect for individual inspiration enables activists with diverse political backgrounds to work together. This personalised culture of commitment has sustained activists working long-term for social change. The book contrasts 'personalised politics' in mainly white environmental groups with a more traditional, community-centred culture of commitment in an African-American group. The untraditional, personalised politics of many recent social movements invites us to rethink common understandings of commitment, community, and individualism in a post-traditional world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521483438
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Sep-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul Lichterman
Elusive Togetherness, Paperback (July 2005)
Combines insights from Alexis de Tocqueville, John Dewey, and Jane Addams with sociology and addresses questions about civic and religious life that elude the 'social capital' concept. This book argues that to create civic relationships, groups need more than the right political beliefs or resources; they must learn new ways of being groups.
Search for Political Community, Hardback (September 1996)» View all books by Paul Lichterman
Study of environmental groups assessing different cultures of political commitment in post-traditional society.
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