Category Archives: civic theory

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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civic responses to crime

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10(Fishkill, NY) In an American Sociological Review article, Patrick Sharkey, Gerard Torrats-Espinosa, and Delaram Takyar find that “every 10 additional organizations focusing on crime and community life in a city with 100,000 residents leads to a 9 … Continue reading

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who must be included in which meetings, committees, and movements?

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15At a recent meeting, we discussed people who should be encouraged to join the effort we were working on. We quickly listed demographic categories that we should pay attention to: race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, age, … Continue reading

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two approaches to social capital: Bourdieu vs. the American literature

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6The phrase “social capital” is used in (at least) two very different senses and discussions. One is an Anglophone discussion among social scientists who seem generally comfortable with a liberal market order. Important participants include James Coleman, … Continue reading

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why learn game theory? (a lesson plan that includes a game)

Facebook23 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 23You may or may not be interested in games: playing them, designing them, or analyzing them with the tools of game theory. It is certainly understandable if games are not your thing. However, I believe that everyone … Continue reading

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nonviolent civic work under conditions of extreme violence

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19My Tufts colleague Anjuli N. Fahlberg, a sociologist, has done extraordinary work in Rio de Janeiro’s City of God. Despite a staggering level of violence in that neighborhood, the residents have created a wide array of impressive … Continue reading

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churchgoing and Trump

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13The Democracy Fund’s Voter Study Group has released an important new paper by Emily Ekins entitled, “Religious Trump Voters: How Faith Moderates Attitudes about Immigration, Race, and Identity.” Ekins notes that Trump performed best in the 2016 … Continue reading

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undergraduate Introduction to Civic Studies Course

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19 PHIL-0020-01-Intro to Civic Studies at Tufts University (Fall 2018) Ioannis D. Evrigenis, Professor of Political Science Erin I. Kelly, Professor of Philosophy Peter Levine, Lincoln-Filene Professor and Academic Dean, Tisch College Civic Studies is an interdisciplinary … Continue reading

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from classical liberalism to a civic perspective

Facebook24 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 24Earlier this summer, I was in the van Mises Room in the Friedrich von Hayek Program in the James Buchanan Building at George Mason University, talking about my intellectual hero, Elinor Ostrom, who learned a great deal … Continue reading

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