Civic Talk

Peers, Politics, and the Future of Democracy

Author: Casey Klofstad

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 1439902747

Category: Political Science

Page: 184

View: 4748

Does talking about civic issues encourage civic participation? In his innovative book, Civic Talk, Casey Klofstad shows that our discussions about politics and current events with our friends, colleagues, and relatives—"civic talk"—has the ability to turn thought into action—from voting to volunteering in civic organizations. Klofstad’s path breaking research is the first to find evidence of a causal relationship between the casual chatting and civic participation. He employs survey information and focus groups consisting of randomly assigned college freshman roommates to show this behavior in action. Klofstad also illustrates how civic talk varies under different circumstances and how the effects can last years into the future. Based on these findings, Klofstad contends that social context plays a central role in maintaining the strength of democracy. This conclusion cuts against the grain of previous research, which primarily focuses on individual-level determinants of civic participation, and negates social-level explanations.

The Internet, Social Networks and Civic Engagement in Chinese Societies

Author: Wenhong Chen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317591151

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 156

View: 6191

The Internet in China reflects many contradictions and complexities of the society in which it is embedded. Despite the growing significance of digital media and communication technologies, research on their contingent, non-linear, and sometimes paradoxical impact on civic engagement remains theoretically underdeveloped and empirically understudied. As importantly, many studies on the internet’s implications in Chinese societies have focused on China. This book draws on a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to advance a balanced and context-rich understanding of the effects of digital media and communication technologies, especially social media, for state legitimacy, the rise of issue-based networks, the growth of the public sphere, and various forms of civic engagement in China, Taiwan, and the global Chinese diaspora. Using ethnography, interview, experiment, survey, and the big data method, scholars from North America, Europe, and Asia show that the couture and impacts of digital activism depend on issue and context. This book was originally published as a special issue of Information, Communication & Society.

School and Community Interactions

Interface for Political and Civic Education

Author: Andreas Brunold,Bernhard Ohlmeier

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3531194771

Category: Education

Page: 254

View: 6977

Within the European and Asian context scientists from nine different countries are concerned with political and social interactional structures between schools as public institutions and the local political actors which influence the school environment. The contributions give answers to questions regarding the cooperation between school administrations and community, to civic education for sustainable development at the interface between school and community, to teachers as moderators for political and democratic educational processes and to models for successful cooperation between schools and local political actors.

Wahlen und Wähler

Analysen aus Anlass der Bundestagswahl 2009

Author: Bernhard Weßels,Harald Schoen,Oscar W. Gabriel

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3658013281

Category: Political Science

Page: 568

View: 2101

Die "Blaue Reihe" präsentiert seit ihrem Beginn 1980 umfassend und systematisch Analysen zu Bundestagswahlen und zu international relevanten Ergebnissen der Wahl- und Wählerforschung. Der neueste Band der Reihe widmet sich der Bundestagswahl 2009. ​

Global Learning and Education

An introduction

Author: Andrew Peterson,Paul Warwick

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317594592

Category: Education

Page: 183

View: 8130

Education and Global Citizenship offers a detailed introduction and exploration of educational issues pertaining to "global citizenship". The text encourages a critical and reflective approach, developing students’ understandings of a range of theoretical and practical factors. Fresh and accessible, it covers historical and comparative perspectives and is up to date with developments in scholarship, covering both classic and contemporary issues in global citizenship education. Chapters include case studies of educational research and practice, questions for discussion and annotated further readings, and are supported by online resources. This book: encourages critical thinking, reflective practice, and creative engagement relating to global citizenship education; gives a detailed overview of the field; offers an insight into key themes, issues and debates; provides an introduction, informed by case studies of practice, to the pedagogical basis and needs of developing effective global citizenship education. Education and Global Citizenship will be of great interest to students on undergraduate education studies degrees, and will also appeal to students on postgraduate teacher education and Master level courses, as well as University tutors working on education programmes.

Beer, Babes, and Balls

Masculinity and Sports Talk Radio

Author: David Nylund

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791472385

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 190

View: 7566

Looks at contemporary sports talk radio and its relations to both traditional and newer forms of masculinity.

The Electronic Republic?

The Impact of Technology on Education for Citizenship

Author: Phillip J. VanFossen

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 9781557535061

Category: Computers

Page: 239

View: 9311

This work looks at Lawrence Grossman's statement in 1991 that America was becoming an 'electronic republic, a democratic system that is vastly increasing the people's day-to-day influence on decisions of state'. It argues that research has indicated that his prediction has, for the most part, failed to come to fruition.

Tweeting to Power

The Social Media Revolution in American Politics

Author: Jason Gainous,Kevin M. Wagner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199350639

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 357

Online social media are changing the face of politics in the United States. Beginning with a strong theoretical foundation grounded in political, communications and psychology literature, Tweeting to Power examines the effect of online social media on how people come to learn, understand and engage in politics. Gainous and Wagner propose that platforms such as Facebook and Twitter offer the opportunity for a new information flow that is no longer being structured and limited by the popular media. Television and newspapers, which were traditionally the sole or primary gatekeeper, can no longer limit or govern what information is exchanged. By lowering the cost of both supplying the information and obtaining it, social networking applications have recreated how, when and where people are informed. To establish this premise, Gainous and Wagner analyze multiple datasets, quantitative and qualitative, exploring and measuring the use of social media by voters and citizens as well as the strategies and approaches adopted by politicians and elected officials. They illustrate how these new and growing online communities are new forums for the exchange of information that is governed by relationships formed and maintained outside traditional media. Using empirical measures, they prove both how candidates utilize Twitter to shape the information voters rely upon and how effective this effort was at garnering votes in the 2010 congressional elections. With both theory and data, Gainous and Wagner show how the social media revolution is creating a new paradigm for political communication and shifting the very foundation of the political process.

Tiny Publics

A Theory of Group Action and Culture

Author: Gary Alan Fine

Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation

ISBN: 1610447743

Category: Social Science

Page: 236

View: 4456

If all politics is local, then so is almost everything else, argues sociologist Gary Alan Fine. We organize our lives by relying on those closest to us—family members, friends, work colleagues, team mates, and other intimates—to create meaning and order. In this thoughtful and wide-ranging book, Fine argues that the basic building blocks of society itself are forged within the boundaries of such small groups, the "tiny publics" necessary for a robust, functioning social order at all levels. Action, meaning, authority, inequality, organization, and institutions all have their roots in small groups. Yet for the past twenty-five years social scientists have tended to ignore the power of groups in favor of an emphasis on organizations, societies, or individuals. Based on over thirty-five years of Fine's own ethnographic research across an array of small groups, Tiny Publics presents a compelling new theory of the pivotal role of small groups in organizing social life. No social system can thrive without flourishing small groups. They provide havens in an impersonal world, where faceless organizations become humanized. Taking examples from such diverse worlds as Little League baseball teams, restaurant workers, high school debate teams, weather forecasters, and political volunteers, Fine demonstrates how each group has its own unique culture, or idioculture—the system of knowledge, beliefs, behavior, and customs that define and hold a group together. With their dense network of relationships, groups serve as important sources of social and cultural capital for their members. The apparently innocuous jokes, rituals, and nicknames prevalent within Little League baseball teams help establish how teams function internally and how they compete with other teams. Small groups also provide a platform for their members to engage in broader social discourse and a supportive environment to begin effecting change in larger institutions. In his studies of mushroom collectors and high school debate teams, Fine demonstrates the importance of stories that group members tell each other about their successes and frustrations in fostering a strong sense of social cohesion. And Fine shows how the personal commitment political volunteers bring to their efforts is reinforced by the close-knit nature of their work, which in turn has the power to change larger groups and institutions. In this way, the actions and debates begun in small groups can eventually radiate outward to affect every level of society. Fine convincingly demonstrates how small groups provide fertile ground for the seeds of civic engagement. Outcomes often attributed to large-scale social forces originate within such small-scale domains. Employing rich insights from both sociology and social psychology, as well as vivid examples from a revealing array of real-work groups, Tiny Publics provides a compelling examination of the importance of small groups and of the rich vitality they bring to social life. A Volume in the Russell Sage Foundation Series on Trust

Logistics in Support of Disaster Relief

Author: James H. Cotton,James H. Henderson

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1434334708

Category: Social Science

Page: 133

View: 5756

How to Play Gospel Music for Beginners book 2 is a supplement to: How to Play Gospel Music for Beginners. This book has over 70 Multi-Level Arrangements!! Songs are written out exactly in the Gospel Piano Style. This book is for the Beginning to Intermediate student. Makes learning fun for all ages! CDs are available to go along with the books. For more information go to: www.jeffersonpresents.com

You're Still A Doctor, Doctor!

Author: Robert Clifford

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0751557242

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 2339

The greatest joys of retiring, writes Dr Bob, are not having to get up early in the morning, not having to work at weekends and, above all, not being called out of bed at night. He should have added that it gives him more time to dip into his rich fund of lighthearted stories of wit, wisdom and the world at large. You're Still a Doctor, Doctor! gives us amusing insights into his medical career, and the writing and broadcasting career, and the writing and broadcasting career that took him under the spotlights and into some very embarrassing situations indeed . . . He also paints colourful pictures of patients and colleagues, records time spent messing about on boats, and the hilarious adventures of holidays abroad where he met, amongst countless others a man from Wolverhampton who married an eskimo . . .

Young Citizens of the World

Teaching Elementary Social Studies through Civic Engagement

Author: Marilynne Boyle-Baise,Jack Zevin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135019371

Category: Education

Page: 256

View: 1205

Young Citizens of the World takes a clear stance: Social studies is about citizenship education that is informed, deliberative, and activist—citizenship not only as a noun, something one studies, but as a verb, something one DOES. Its holistic, multicultural approach is based on this clear curricular and pedagogical purpose. Straightforward, engaging, and highly interactive, the book encourages students (and their teachers) to become informed, think it through, and take action. Each chapter is written as a civic engagement which is teacher-ready for use in elementary classrooms. A set of six teaching strategies that are constructive, inquiry-driven, dramatic, and deliberative bring the curricular framework to life through intensive, integrated meaningful studies of special places, important people, and significant times. Readers are invited to rehearse the projects in their social studies education courses and then to reinterpret them for their classrooms. The projects are supported by important resources for teaching, including supportive children’s literature, links to internet sites, and visual sources and by a Companion Website that enhances and extends the text.

Making Democracy Work

Civic Traditions in Modern Italy

Author: Robert D. Putnam,Robert Leonardi,Raffaella Y. Nanetti

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400820740

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

View: 7682

Why do some democratic governments succeed and others fail? In a book that has received attention from policymakers and civic activists in America and around the world, Robert Putnam and his collaborators offer empirical evidence for the importance of "civic community" in developing successful institutions. Their focus is on a unique experiment begun in 1970 when Italy created new governments for each of its regions. After spending two decades analyzing the efficacy of these governments in such fields as agriculture, housing, and health services, they reveal patterns of associationism, trust, and cooperation that facilitate good governance and economic prosperity.

Bong Hits 4 Jesus

A Perfect Constitutional Storm in Alaska's Capital

Author: James C. Foster

Publisher: University of Alaska Press

ISBN: 1602230900

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 7078

In January 2002, for the first time, the Olympic Torch Relay visited Alaska on its way to the Winter Games. When the relay runner and accompanying camera cars passed Juneau-Douglas High School, senior Joseph Frederick and several friends unfurled a fourteen-foot banner reading "BONG HiTS 4 JESUS." An in-depth look at student rights within a public high school, this book chronicles the events that followed: Frederick's suspension, the subsequent suit against the school district, and, ultimately, the escalation of a local conflict into a federal case. Brought to life through interviews with the principal figures in the case, Bong Hits 4 Jesus is a gripping tale of the boundaries of free speech in an American high school.

If These Walls Could Talk

Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice

Author: Maureen O'Connell

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814634044

Category: Religion

Page: 336

View: 7469

Philadelphia's community muralism movement is transforming the City of Brotherly Love into the Mural Capital of the World. This remarkable groundswell of public art includes some 3,500 wall-sized canvases: On warehouses and on schools, on mosques and in jails, in courthouses and along overpasses. In If These Walls Could Talk, Maureen O'Connell explores the theological and social significance of the movement. She calls attention to some of the most startling and powerful works it has produced and describes the narratives behind them. In doing so, O'Connell illustrates the ways that the arts can help us think about and work through the seemingly inescapable problems of urban poverty and arrive at responses that are both creative and effective. This is a book on American religion. It incorporates ethnography to explore faith communities that have used larger-than-life religious imagery to proclaim in unprecedented public ways their self-understandings, memories of the past, and visions of the future. It also examines the way this art functions in larger public discourse about problems facing every city in America. But If These Walls Could Talk is also theological text. It considers the theological implications of this most democratic expression of public art, mindful of the three components of every mural: the pieces themselves, those who create them, and those who interpret them. It illuminates a kind of beauty that seeks after social change or, in other words, the largely unexplored relationship between theological aesthetics and ethics.

Many Minds, One Heart

SNCC's Dream for a New America

Author: Wesley C. Hogan

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 0807867896

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 9691

How did the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee break open the caste system in the American South between 1960 and 1965? In this innovative study, Wesley Hogan explores what SNCC accomplished and, more important, how it fostered significant social change in such a short time. She offers new insights into the internal dynamics of SNCC as well as the workings of the larger civil rights and Black Power movement of which it was a part. As Hogan chronicles, the members of SNCC created some of the civil rights movement's boldest experiments in freedom, including the sit-ins of 1960, the rejuvenated Freedom Rides of 1961, and grassroots democracy projects in Georgia and Mississippi. She highlights several key players--including Charles Sherrod, Bob Moses, and Fannie Lou Hamer--as innovators of grassroots activism and democratic practice. Breaking new ground, Hogan shows how SNCC laid the foundation for the emergence of the New Left and created new definitions of political leadership during the civil rights and Vietnam eras. She traces the ways other social movements--such as Black Power, women's liberation, and the antiwar movement--adapted practices developed within SNCC to apply to their particular causes. Many Minds, One Heart ultimately reframes the movement and asks us to look anew at where America stands on justice and equality today.