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The Soul of Civil Society : Voluntary Associations and the Public Value of Moral Habits - Don Eberly

The Soul of Civil Society

Voluntary Associations and the Public Value of Moral Habits


Published: 15th August 2013
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Americans care about the public value of moral habits. They like to see virtue rewarded and vice censured, appealing as this does to the nation's deep sense that one's success rests neither in money nor in power but in one's civility. In The Soul of Civil Society Don Eberly and Ryan Streeter look beyond such abstractions as the 'voluntary sector' and superficial communitarian solutions to civic anomie to identify the pivotal role played by local voluntary associations in a civil society. Not only important for the services they provide, these 'little platoons,' as Edmund Burke labeled them, are the public incubators of a 'new' morality, their emphasis on civic engagement at the local level central to preserving America's democratic culture on the national and international stage. More than simply championing the promise of a social renaissance, The Soul of Civil Society is essential reading for those seeking to do battle with a culturally entrenched individualism that threatens the core of America's moral vitality.

pt. 1. The promise of social renaissance. The coming social renaissance : restoring Americas civic and moral creed -- Toward a human scale : making the world work at the street level -- Individuals and a healthy civic order -- pt. 2. Voluntary associations, public policy, and the marketplace. Voluntary associations and the remoralization of America -- Targeting recovery to low-income families -- A humane economy : the moral dimensions of enterprise -- pt. 3. Moral habits and the public good. Families, fathers, and citizenship -- Cultivating moral habits : four social virtues worth the work -- The reformation of manners -- The Golden Rule : a universal moral ethic for society.

ISBN: 9780739161128
ISBN-10: 0739161121
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 162
Published: 15th August 2013
Publisher: University Press of America