Diverse Communities The Problem with Social Capital

ISBN-10: 0521673909
ISBN-13: 9780521673907
Edition: 2006
Authors: Barbara Arneil
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List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Diverse Communities is a critique of Robert Putnam's social capital thesis, re-examined from the perspective of women and cultural minorities in America over the last century. Barbara Arneil argues that the idyllic communities of the past were less positive than Putnam envisions and that the current 'collapse' in participation is better understood as change rather than decline. Arneil suggests that the changes in American civil society in the last half century are not so much the result of generational change or television as the unleashing of powerful economic, social and cultural forces that, despite leading to division and distrust within American society, also contributed to greater justice for women and cultural minorities. She concludes by proposing that the lessons learned from this fuller history of American civil society provide the normative foundation to enumerate the principles of justice by which diverse communities might be governed in the twenty-first century.

List of abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Social capital, justice and diversity: an introduction
The Progressive Era: past paradise?
The present malaise in civic participation: empirical and normative dimensions
The causes of 'decline' in social capital theory
Civic trust and shared norms
Beyond Bowling Alone: social capital in twenty-first-century America
Justice in diverse communities: lessons for the future
References
Index

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