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Search for Political Community
By Paul Lichterman

The Search for Political Community

American Activists Reinventing Commitment

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Search for Political Community by Paul Lichterman

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This 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521483438
ISBN-10: 0521483433
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 292
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Sep-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Paul Lichterman

Elusive Togetherness by 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 by Paul Lichterman Search for Political Community, Hardback (September 1996)

Study of environmental groups assessing different cultures of political commitment in post-traditional society.

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