Voice and Equality Civic Voluntarism in American Politics

ISBN-10: 0674942930
ISBN-13: 9780674942936
Edition: 1995
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Book details

List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/26/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 662
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.354
Language: English

This book confirms the idea put forth nearly a century and a half ago by Alexis de Tocqueville, that American democracy is rooted in civic voluntarism--citizens' involvement in family, work, school, and religion, as well as in their political participation as voters, campaigners, protesters, or community activists. The authors analyze civic activity as none have before. They have created an original survey of 15,000 individuals, which includes 2,500 personal interviews, that focuses on the central issues of involvement: how people come to be active, their motivations, their resources, and their networks. We see fascinating differences along cultural lines, among African-Americans, Latinos, and whites, as well as between the religiously observant and the secular. We observe family activism moving from generation to generation, and look into the special role of issues that elicit involvement, including abortion rights and social welfare. This far-reaching analysis confirms that some individuals have a greater voice in politics than others, and that this inequality not only results from varying inclinations toward activity, but also reflects unequal access to such vital resources as money and education. This deeply researched study illuminates the many facets of civic consciousness and action and confirms their quintessential role in American democracy.

Richard Foley is professor of philosophy and vice chancellor for strategic planning at New York University. He is the author of "Intellectual Trust in Oneself and Others," "Working Without a Net: A Study of Egocentric Epistemology," and "The Theory of Epistemic Rationality."

Introduction
The World of Participation
Defining Political Participation
Political Participation: How Much? About What?
Interpreting Political Activity: A Report from Activists
Recruiting Political Activists
Participation and Representation
Thinking about Participatory Representation
Who Participates? Economic Circumstances and Needs
Who Participates? Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
The Civic Voluntarism Model
Explaining Participation: Introductory Considerations
Resources for Politics: Time and Money
Resources for Politics: Civic Skills
Resources, Engagement, and Political Activity
Institutions and Recruitment
Participation and the Politics of Issue Engagement
From Generation to Generation: The Roots of

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