The Search for Political Community: American Activists Reinventing Commitment (Cambridge Cultural Social Studies)

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This book challenges the myth that individualism necessarily weakens commitments to the common good. It examines environmental and other activist groups in which individualism sometimes enhances political commitment. Rather than criticize individualism and favor a return to "traditional" values, Paul Lichterman examines the untraditional, personalized politics of many recent social movements and invites us to rethink common understandings of commitment, community, and individualism in a post-traditional world.

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Rather than criticize individualism and favor a return to "traditional" values, this text examines the untraditional, personalized politics of many recent social movements. It invites us to rethink common understandings of commitment, community, and individualism in a post-traditional world.

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This book challenges they myth that Americans' emphasis on personal fulfillment necessarily weakens commitment to the common good. Drawing on his extensive ethnographic research on a variety of environmentalist groups, Paul Lichterman argues that individualism sometimes enhances public, political commitment.

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