Social Structures, Social Capital, and Personal Freedom

Social Structures, Social Capital, and Personal Freedom

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The eleven essays in this collection examine the relationship between institutional structures and community integration, offering practical insights to increase social capital and strengthen social institutions. A variety of social institutions are analyzed. Three chapters cover political legal issues, two cover religion, three address education, and two examine the macrostructures of the military and the economy. An important collection for scholars and other researchers interested in the communitarian movement, sociology, and political science, particularly for those in public administration.
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  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 162.1 x 242.8 x 19.6mm | 487.7g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0275964760
  • 9780275964764

About Dale D. McConkey

DALE McCONKEY is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Berry College, Georgia. He has written several articles exploring the relationship between traditional religion and contemporary society, and he is editor (with Peter Augustine Lawler) of Community and Political Thought Today (Praeger, 1998).PETER AUGUSTINE LAWLER is Professor of Political Science at Berry College. He is author or editor of eight books and more than 100 articles and book chapters. Among his earlier publications are The Restless Mind: Alexis de Tocqueville on the Origin and Perpetuation of Human Liberty and The American Experiment (edited with Robert Schaefer).
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Table of contents

Introduction Driving Alone? Residential Mobility, Political Mobilization, and the Decline of Social Capital by Patrick Novotny Reconceiving Community: Pedaling and Peddling Democracy Among Japanese Housewives by Robin M. LeBlanc Points of Light: Building Social Capital? by Jeffrey L. Brudney Social Capital Can Be Costly: Voluntary Associations, Advocacy, and the State by Dennis R. Hoover Religion, Social Capital, and the Significance of Community by Dale McConkey The Promise Keepers as Social Capitalists and Architects of Civil Society by Bryan W. Brickner Communitarianism and Teacher Education by Wade A. Carpenter Academic Freedom for Religious Academics in Public Universities: The Case of Philip Bishop by Donald R. Wagner Moral Communities and Personal Freedoms: Protecting Academic Freedom in an Age of Accountability by Larry C. Ingram Communitarian Values and the Rise of Generals by James J. Dowd Community, Polity, and Economy: The Importance of Scale by Michael F. Patrono and J. Wilson Mixon, Jr
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