The New Citizenship: Unconventional Politics, Activism, and Service

The New Citizenship: Unconventional Politics, Activism, and Service by Craig A. Rimmerman

Title: The New Citizenship: Unconventional Politics, Activism, and Service
Author: Craig A. Rimmerman
ISBN10: 0813398029
ISBN13: 978-0813398020
Publisher: Routledge; 2nd edition (April 2001)
Language: English
Subcategory: Social Sciences
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Pages: 200 pages
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The New Citizenship: Unconventional Politics, Activism, and Service by Craig A. Rimmerman


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We are not born citizens, but must be educated and trained to be citizens. This is the central tenet of The New Citizenship , which builds on the participatory democratic vision of the 1960s. Arguing that civic effort must go beyond merely voting, Craig Rimmerman examines grassroots mobilization, community activism, service learning, and the Internet as potential tools for confronting the breakdown of civility in U.S. politics.At the heart of The New Citizenship are the questions: Why do so many Americans fail to participate in their communities' affairs? What role should the citizenry play in our political system? In addressing these concerns, the text both evaluates the dilemma of participation, civility, and stability at a time when civic indifference is a national problem and outlines its sources, suggesting ways in which Americans can conquer their apathy toward government. Rimmerman also identifies alternative forms of participation (besides voting) seized upon by the citizenry to register discontent with its representative government. Considerable attention is devoted to the attitudes and values of college students as they approach their roles within the larger political system.This second edition considers different vehicles for expressing the new citizenship, including the protests in Seattle over the IMF & World Bank, new organizations such as the 2030 Center, and how groups on both the political left and right are using the internet as a crucial organizing tool. The second edition also explores in greater detail the literature on service learning and its connection to different conceptions of the new citizenship.