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Habermas with a Whiff of Tear Gas: Nonviolent Campaigns and Deliberation in an Era of Authoritarianism

Facebook30 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 30Just published: Levine, Peter (2018) “Habermas with a Whiff of Tear Gas: Nonviolent Campaigns and Deliberation in an Era of Authoritarianism,” Journal of Public Deliberation: Vol. 14 : Iss. 2 , Article 4.  Abstract: Authoritarianism is gaining around … Continue reading

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you can go home again

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9(Syracuse, NY) I’m in the city where I was born and raised but haven’t resided in 33 years.  One result of this kind of visit is to make the intervening years fold away like a picture book … Continue reading

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armchair quarterbacking Chuck and Nancy

Facebook16 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 16Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer left the White House with a priceless quote from Donald Trump:   And I’ll tell you what, I am proud to shut down the government for border security … So I will take … Continue reading

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Cooperative Congressional Election Study and Tisch College of Civic Life: Postdoctoral Fellowship

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11Tufts University will award a Post-Doctoral Fellowship to a scholar with expertise in American political behavior and survey data analysis for the 2019-20 academic year. The Fellowship is partly funded by a grant from the National Science … Continue reading

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against inevitability

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12These are examples of social theories that emphasize inevitability: Classical Marxism: “[The bourgeoisie’s] fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable.” — Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto Rational choice theory: What defines the tragedy … Continue reading

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the justice-oriented citizen had better be personally responsible and participatory

Facebook42 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 42Joel Westheimer’s and Joe Kahne’s typology of civic education programs and their intended outcomes is justly seminal in the field of civic education.* Many civics people are familiar with their distinctions among “personally responsible,” “participatory” and “justice-oriented” … Continue reading

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democracy is coming to the USA

Facebook34 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 34Here is the racial/ethnic composition of the Democratic House caucus for the next Congress.* I do not display this ratio to endorse the Democrats (or to ignore the people of color who are GOP House members), but … Continue reading

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14 kinds of research we need for #reducinginequality

Facebook14 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 14I leave a WT Grant Foundation grantees’ meeting on Reducing Inequality with a rough mental list of types of research that we need: Descriptive research on what is unequal, for whom, where. Causal research on what promotes … Continue reading

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how to present mixed-methods research

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12(Washington, DC) I’m at a W.T. Grant Foundation grantees’ meeting on “reducing inequality” and currently listening to Tim Guetterman (University of Michigan) talking about mixed-methods research. Proponents and advanced practitioners of mixed-methods research form a community that … Continue reading

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a discussion of Civic Studies at Tufts

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11Here is a recent discussion of Civic Studies. The audience was Tufts alumni. The speakers (from left to right) are Tisch College’s Associate Dean Diane Ryan; Prof. Hilary Binda, who runs the Tufts University Prison Initiative at Tisch … Continue reading

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