Monthly Archives: March 2012

in Detroit, promoting active citizenship

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7(Detroit) I am here for a conference on “Generations: Rethinking Age and Citizenship.” In my keynote, I will try to argue that civic engagement, properly understood, is a solution to our grievous, chronic, “wicked” problems, the problems … Continue reading

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civic engagement and the incarceration crisis

Facebook23 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 23At first glance, our vast prison system (there are 2.3 million Americans behind bars) looks like a result of citizen action. Draconian sentencing laws often begin with referenda or with legislative votes that respond to popular pressure. … Continue reading

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restrictions on media in schools

Facebook4 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 4I am in the Media Lab at MIT. (A very cool place, at least for geeks like me, although the supremely sophisticated cappuccino maker yielded only steam, and the auto-produced music in the elevator was yucky.) We … Continue reading

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positive peer pressure as a civic strategy

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6We learned many things from Connie Flanagan on her visit to Tufts over the last two days. One idea that particularly struck me was a “civic” approach to preventing adolescent pathologies, such as drug abuse and drunk … Continue reading

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a dedication to Joseph M. Levine

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9I was moved to learn this morning that Frederick C. Beiser’s book The German Historicist Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2011) is dedicated to my father with the words: ‘In Memoriam: Joseph Levine, 1933-2008. The historian’s historian’ In … Continue reading

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civic relationships (what they are and why they matter)

Facebook18 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 18For about a decade, I have been arguing that the heart of democracy is deliberation plus collaboration–talking, listening, and working together. I have put my position in slogan form: deliberation without collaboration is empty, but collaboration without … Continue reading

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justice as bargaining

Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1No legal system has ever met its ideals, but we have shifted even our aspirations and principles for criminal law in troubling ways. We used to believe that a trial was an opportunity for a court (including … Continue reading

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state of the youth vote race

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6According to our exclusive estimate, 4% of eligible young voters participated in yesterday’s Illinois primary. They favored Mitt Romney but were his weakest age group. Our tally of cumulative youth votes so far* stands at approximately 246,000 … Continue reading

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participatory budgeting in the US

Facebook16 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 16Participatory Budgeting means asking deliberative groups of citizens to decide how to invest public money. It began in Brazil, when (as I understand the story) the Workers’ Party finally took over after years of military dictatorship. They … Continue reading

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Generation Me?

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6A new article by Jean Twenge and colleagues is getting extraordinary attention from the news media and is being hotly debated in fields concerned with youth civic engagement.* The article argues that young people today–the so-called Millennial … Continue reading

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