The Changing and Unchanging Face of U.S.Civil Society

The Changing and Unchanging Face of U.S.Civil Society

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The formation, maintenance, and well being of American civil society is a topic of intense debate in the social sciences. Until now, this debate has lacked rigor, with the term "civil society" commonly used interchangeably and imprecisely with other terms such as civic engagement. Today's discourse also lacks methodological discipline and relies too heavily on narrowly selected evidence in support of a particular argument. In this invaluable contribution to the debate, Marcella Ridlen Ray supplies an empirical study based on a theoretical model of democratic civil society, one that posits high levels of communication, diversity, autonomy, mediation, and voluntary association.
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  • Hardback | 330 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • 0765801507
  • 9780765801500

About Marcella Ridlen Ray

Marcella Ridlen Ray is senior fellow, School of Public Policy, and adjunct professor in Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
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