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Moral Order and Social Disorder : American Search for Civil Society - Frank Hearn

Moral Order and Social Disorder

American Search for Civil Society

By: Frank Hearn (Editor)

Paperback Published: 31st December 1997
ISBN: 9780202306049
Number Of Pages: 222

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Drawing upon both classical insights and more recent writings, Hearn provides a compelling account of social breakdown in the United States. The book examines the conditions most responsible for the deterioration of social institutions, notably the family, and of communitarian interdependencies, such as those that support neighborhoods. The originality of Hearnas book lies in the solutions he proposes, which differ from those rooted in what Hearn calls athe languages of modernity.a Hearn advocates modes that would serve instead to renew solidarity and reclaim social virtue. Readers of this book are invited to draw their own conclusions by relying in larger part on themselves as parents, neighbors, community members, and citizen-participants in a civil society in restoration. As the American Journal of Sociology notes, athe book succeeds in its goals, and it deserves to be widely read.a

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Bad Parentsp. 1
Two Solutionsp. 3
Commodification and Juridificationp. 8
A Sociological View: The Importance of Social Institutionsp. 12
Bad Neighborsp. 21
Bad Neighbors and the Underclassp. 23
Two Analysesp. 27
A Sociological View: The Importance of Social Control and Communitarian Interdependenciesp. 33
In the Absence of Society: Liberal Individualism and Anomiep. 47
Portraits of Life in the Absence of Societyp. 48
Liberal Modernityp. 55
Anomie and the Sociological Critique of Liberal Modernityp. 66
Moral Individuals: In the Presence of Societyp. 73
Liberal Views of Moralityp. 73
Durkheim's Sociology of Moralityp. 77
Institutions, Communitarian Interdependencies, and Moralityp. 84
Moral Individuals and Liberal Individualsp. 89
Social Capital: Gifts and Sacredness in Societyp. 97
A Wonderful Lifep. 105
Giftsp. 110
Sacrednessp. 120
The Loss of Social Capital as the Loss of Soulp. 128
Privatization as Individualization Versus Privatization as Sacralizationp. 132
The Politics of Social Breakdown: Revitalizing Civil Societyp. 137
The Inability to Attendp. 137
Inattentive Parents and the Political Rightp. 144
Civil Societyp. 149
Referencesp. 187
Author Indexp. 197
Subject Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780202306049
ISBN-10: 0202306046
Series: Sociological Imagination and Structural Change
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 222
Published: 31st December 1997
Publisher: ALDINE PUB
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.99 x 15.34  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.4