Spirit Of Community

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Simon and Schuster, 1994 M05 24 - 323 pages
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America needs to move from me to we. In The Spirit of Community, renowned professor and former White House Fellow Amitai Etzioni, the founder of the Communitarian movement, lays out a blueprint for how in the 1990s Americans can move forward - together. The Spirit of Community calls for a reawakening of our allegiance to the shared values and institutions that sustain us - from our marriages and families to our schools and our neighborhoods, and extending to our nation itself. In proposing a new balance between our rights as individuals and our social responsibilities, this controversial, groundbreaking book articulates the emerging social attitudes of the nineties.

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THE SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY: Rights, Responsibilities, and the Communitarian Agenda

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A primer on how to move from the ``me generation'' (castigated by Etzioni in An Immodest Agenda, 1982) to the ``we generation.'' The text doubles as a manifesto for the Communitarian movement, which ... Read full review

The spirit of community: rights, responsibilities, and the communitarian agenda

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Etzioni, who has acquired an international reputation for his advocacy of the "communitarian'' point of view, defines communitarianism as a movement designed to "bring about the changes in values ... Read full review


Introduction A New Moral Social Public
Part I
The Communitarian Family 54
The Communitarian School 89
Back to We 116
Rebuilding Community Institutions 134
Too Many Rights Too Few Responsibilities
Part III
What Is to Be Done? 226
In Conclusion 247
Notes 269

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Amitai Etzioni a sociologist, best known for his work on socioeconomics and communitarianism. He founded the Communitarian Network, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to supporting the moral, social, and political foundations of society. He was called the "guru" of the communitarian movement in the early 1990s, and he established the Communitarian Network to disseminate the movement's ideas.

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