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The Communitarian Reader : Beyond the Essentials - Amitai Etzioni

The Communitarian Reader

Beyond the Essentials

By: Amitai Etzioni (Editor), Andrew Volmert (Editor), Elanit Rothschild (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9780742542198
Number Of Pages: 279

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As an academic discipline, a public philosophy, and a social movement, Communitarianism has had a profound influence on contemporary American society. By promoting the idea that a good society is based on a carefully crafted balance between individual rights and social responsibilities, Communitarians have inspired new ideas and crafted new policies to strengthen our families, communities and nation. The Communitarian Reader: Beyond the Essentials brings together essays by prominent social thinkers, reflecting on a wide-range of issues �from new approaches to fighting crime in inner city, to the relationship between norms and laws, and to the role of civil liberties after September 11th. Following the success of The Essential Communitarian Reader, this work takes readers to the next level of Communitarianism, and serves as a vital guide for all interested in further exploring this important social movement.

The Communitarian Reader: Beyond the Essentials accomplishes just what its name implies. It offers a sophisticated sampling of provacative essays from a variety of communitarian perspectives. Rather than setting forth a standard communitarian 'truth, ' it gathers together a series of fascinating and sometimes divergent views, bound together by an appreciation of the value of community and social responsibility.--Robert Ackerman, The Dickinson School of Law

Introductionp. 1
The Responsive Community Platform: Rights and Responsibilitiesp. 13
Theory and Social Philosophy
No Community, No Democracyp. 27
Combining Value Pluralism and Moral Universalism: Isaiah Berlin and Beyondp. 44
Legislating Morality in Liberal Democraciesp. 55
On a Communitarian Faithp. 61
Are Particularistic Obligations Justified? A Communitarian Examinationp. 69
The Communitarian Society
Enforcing Norms: When the Law Gets in the Wayp. 81
Social Mores Are Not Enoughp. 91
Confessions of an Alleged Libertarian (and the Virtues of "Soft" Communitarianism)p. 96
The Contours of Remoralizationp. 105
The Duty to Rescue: A Liberal-Communitarian Approachp. 111
Does Socioeconomic Inequality Undermine Community? Implications for Communitarian Theoryp. 117
Americans as Communitarians: An Empirical Studyp. 129
Community
Developing Civil Society: Can the Workplace Replace Bowling?p. 139
Self-Sacrifice, Self-Fulfillment, and Mutuality: The Evolution of Marriagep. 145
Peer Marriagep. 149
Community and the Corner Store: Retrieving Human-Scale Commercep. 161
Boston's Ten Point Coalition: A Faith-Based Approach to Fighting Crime in the Inner Cityp. 170
Can Design Make Community?p. 179
Communitarian Policies
Rights and Responsibilities, 2001p. 191
Confusing Freedom with License--Licenses Terrorism, Not Freedomp. 201
We Can Strike a Balance on Civil Libertiesp. 207
Liberal Sectarianism? Social Capital, Religious Communities, and Public Fundsp. 210
The Benefits of Surveillance?p. 220
Military Secrets and First Amendment Valuesp. 225
Diversity within Unity: A New Approach to Immigrants and Minoritiesp. 234
Dialogues
Virtue and the State: A Dialogue between a Communitarian and a Social Conservativep. 251
Virtue, Self-Interest, and the Good: A Dialogue on Communitarianism and Classical Liberalismp. 262
Indexp. 271
About the Contributorsp. 277
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ISBN: 9780742542198
ISBN-10: 074254219X
Series: Rights & Responsibilities
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 279
Published: 1st October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 14.53  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.37