The Communitarian Reader: Beyond the Essentials (Rights & Responsibilities)

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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.

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Amitai Etzioni is the founder of the communitarian movement and university professor at George Washington University. He is the editor of The Responsive Community: Rights and Responsibilities, a communitarian quarterly and the author of numerous books on political and social theory, including The New Golden Rule and My Brother's Keeper. Andrew Volmert is completing his PhD at Yale University. Elanit Rothschild is mangaging editor of The Responsive Community.

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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. (Ackerman, Robert)

Many people suspect that a new way must exist between the doctrine of laissez-faire (with its disdain for the bonds of society) and the doctrine of prescriptive conservatism (with its disdain for individual liberties). That new way does exist. It is called 'communitarianism,' and Amitai Etzioni is its leading theorist. This book presents an exciting and practical alternative to philosophies that have failed us. (Steven G. Brint)

A fresh, communitarian imagination animates these accessible theoretical essays, lively position pieces, and timely reports on American social trends. Here are lots of conversation-starters for anyone who wants to create a more responsible society. (Lichterman, Paul)

This is an important collection of papers on communitarian themes. The authors are uniformly first-rate thinkers, and anyone who wants an overview of the subject can do no better than turning to the workn assembled by Etzioni and his collegues. (Stephen Elkin)

In a time with questions of local versus global allegiance, concerns for what is an appropriate moral focus, and arguments for how to instill 'proper' values into children, the issues raised in this excellent and thought-provoking reader are critical to ponder and discuss. Americans still argue the value of liberal thought in regard to the body politics, and this book provides a useful and important alternative to that view of human associations. This book can be read with profit by all segments of the public and university communities. (Perspectives On Political Science)

Professor Etzioni has put himself in excellent company, usefully extending the communitarian project both practically and theoretically with input from many of the top political thinkers of our time. An invaluable volume for academicians, policymakers, and anyone concerned with the dissolution of social capital in our increasingly fragmented world. (Mark E. Gammon)

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