BETTER TOGETHER RESTORING THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY

Download Better Together Restoring The American Community ebook PDF or Read Online books in PDF, EPUB, and Mobi Format. Click Download or Read Online button to BETTER TOGETHER RESTORING THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY book pdf for free now.

Better Together

Author : Robert D. Putnam
ISBN : 1439106886
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 20.26 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 217
Read : 1135

In his acclaimed bestselling book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, Robert Putnam described a thirty-year decline in America's social institutions. The book ended with the hope that new forms of social connection might be invented in order to revive our communities. In Better Together, Putnam and longtime civic activist Lewis Feldstein describe some of the diverse locations and most compelling ways in which civic renewal is taking place today. In response to civic crises and local problems, they say, hardworking, committed people are reweaving the social fabric all across America, often in innovative ways that may turn out to be appropriate for the twenty-first century. Better Together is a book of stories about people who are building communities to solve specific problems. The examples Putnam and Feldstein describe span the country from big cities such as Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Chicago to the Los Angeles suburbs, small Mississippi and Wisconsin towns, and quiet rural areas. The projects range from the strictly local to that of the men and women of UPS, who cover the nation. Bowling Alone looked at America from a broad and general perspective. Better Together takes us into Catherine Flannery's Roxbury, Massachusetts, living room, a UPS loading dock in Greensboro, North Carolina, a Philadelphia classroom, the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, naval shipyard, and a Bay Area Web site. We meet activists driven by their visions, each of whom has chosen to succeed by building community: Mexican Americans in the Rio Grande Valley who want paved roads, running water, and decent schools; Harvard University clerical workers searching for respect and improved working conditions; Waupun, Wisconsin, schoolchildren organizing to improve safety at a local railroad crossing; and merchants in Tupelo, Mississippi, joining with farmers to improve their economic status. As the stories in Better Together demonstrate, bringing people together by building on personal relationships remains one of the most effective strategies to enhance America's social health.
Category: Social Science

Public Worship And Public Work

Author : Christian Batalden Scharen
ISBN : 0814661939
Genre : Religion
File Size : 29.46 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 166
Read : 245

In a time of increasing cultural pluralism and vast religious restructuring in the United States, Christian social ethics must take account of how values and commitments shape Christian communities. In Public Worship and Public Work Christian Scharen examines theological claims about the relationship of worship and ethics by means of ethnographic study of the life, worship, and work of three vibrant congregations. Public Worship and Public Work moves beyond two caricatures of the relationship between worship and social ethics. Rather than resolute portrayals of the Church as a reflection of its culture and context and causal accounts of the Church?s liturgy forming a Christian witness over and against culture, this book lifts up congregational identity as an area of dynamic interaction between worship, social ethics, and culture. Chapters in Part One are ?Liturgy and Social Ethics: Characterizing a Debate,? and ?Sociologizing the Debate: Identity, Ritual, and Public Commitment.? Chapters in Part Two, Three Case Studies in Atlanta?s Old Downtown are ? ?People Living Church?: The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,? ??Jesus Saves?: Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church,?? and ??The Church at Work?: Central Presbyterian Church.? ? Part Three concludes with ?The World in the Church in the World.??Public Worship and Public Work is an exceptionally well researched and carefully written title examining the dynamic interplay between ritual and social commitment.? Catholic Library World?What difference does it make for the persons we become and the society we shape whether and where we pray, what we pray for, and how we worship together? This lovely, masterly work reveals how liturgy animates moral character and inspires civic commitment in three distinctive downtown churches. In living color it sheds brilliant new light on these axial mysteries at the crossroads of practice theory and virtue ethics, moral theology and liturgics, congregational studies and the dramaturgic study of religion. Amen!? Steven M. Tipton Emory University Co-Author, Habits of the Heart?This is a helpful book which adds thought-provoking insight into the way churches, and people in churches, involve themselves in the community. Worship is not discarded here in favor of social influences but rather is viewed as affecting people in the midst of and in conjunction with the many conditions that influence human beings ?in the world.? The examination of these complexities and the resulting model for study are useful additions to how we view the connection between liturgy and ethics. The descriptions of the congregations are compelling works in themselves.? Catholic Studies
Category: Religion

The Great Neighborhood Book

Author : Jay Walljasper
ISBN : 9781550923421
Genre : Political Science
File Size : 25.27 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 883
Read : 1029

Abandoned lots and litter-strewn pathways, or rows of green beans and pockets of wildflowers? Graffiti-marked walls and desolate bus stops, or shady refuges and comfortable seating? What transforms a dingy, inhospitable area into a dynamic gathering place? How do individuals take back their neighborhood? Neighborhoods decline when the people who live there lose their connection and no longer feel part of their community. Recapturing that sense of belonging and pride of place can be as simple as planting a civic garden or placing some benches in a park. The Great Neighborhood Book explains how most struggling communities can be revived, not by vast infusions of cash, not by government, but by the people who live there. The author addresses such challenges as traffic control, crime, comfort and safety, and developing economic vitality. Using a technique called “placemaking”—the process of transforming public space—this exciting guide offers inspiring real-life examples that show the magic that happens when individuals take small steps and motivate others to make change. This book will motivate not only neighborhood activists and concerned citizens but also urban planners, developers, and policymakers. Jay Walljasper is a senior fellow of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), whose mission is to create and sustain enriching public places that build communities. He is a former editor of The Utne Reader and currently executive editor of Ode magazine. Inspired by European cities, The Great Neighborhood Book highlights practical solutions for the revitalization of North American cities.
Category: Political Science

American Government Roots And Reform

Author : CTI Reviews
ISBN : 9781467218757
Genre : Education
File Size : 46.72 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 750
Read : 312

Facts101 is your complete guide to American Government , Roots and Reform. In this book, you will learn topics such as Federalism, State and Local Government, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.
Category: Education

American Government Continuity And Change 2009

Author : CTI Reviews
ISBN : 9781467245937
Genre : Education
File Size : 70.56 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 179
Read : 713

Facts101 is your complete guide to American Government, Continuity and Change, 2009. In this book, you will learn topics such as Federalism, State and Local Government, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.
Category: Education

American Media Politics In Transition

Author : CTI Reviews
ISBN : 9781467245951
Genre : Education
File Size : 36.71 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 205
Read : 186

Facts101 is your complete guide to American Media Politics in Transition. In this book, you will learn topics such as Media Matters: Measuring the Effects, The History of American Journalism before Electronic Media, Journalism Goes Electronic . . . and Corporate, and The Media and the Law plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.
Category: Education

From Ideologies To Public Philosophies An Introduction To Political Theory

Author : CTI Reviews
ISBN : 9781467281508
Genre : Education
File Size : 45.98 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 814
Read : 748

Facts101 is your complete guide to From Ideologies to Public Philosophies, An Introduction to Political Theory. In this book, you will learn topics such as as those in your book plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.
Category: Education

Government In America People Politics And Policy

Author : CTI Reviews
ISBN : 9781467206907
Genre : Education
File Size : 90.54 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 968
Read : 532

Facts101 is your complete guide to Government in America, People, Politics, and Policy. In this book, you will learn topics such as Federalism, Civil Liberties and Public Policy, Civil Rights and Public Policy, and Public Opinion and Political Action plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.
Category: Education

Government In America People Politics And Policy Brief Edition

Author : CTI Reviews
ISBN : 9781467244176
Genre : Education
File Size : 64.77 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 309
Read : 757

Facts101 is your complete guide to Government in America, People, Politics, and Policy, Brief Edition. In this book, you will learn topics such as Federalism, Civil Liberties and Public Policy, Civil Rights and Public Policy, and Public Opinion and Political Action plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.
Category: Education

How Libraries And Librarians Help

Author : Joan C. Durrance
ISBN : 0838908926
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 44.90 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 499
Read : 988

Under a National Leadership Grant from IMLS, expert authors Durrance and Fisher have tested and developed the How Libraries and Librarians Help (HLLH) Outcomes Model to help library professionals effectively communicate their story by assessing the outcomes of library services. This unique model provides a step-by-step, context-centered method for assessing user outcomes and covers preparation, data collection, data analysis, and presentation of results, making it easy for libraries to apply the measurement tools to their own outcomes assessment. The book's tools and exercises for assessing user outcomes help libraries to strategize for outcomes assessment, while field-tested examples of user outcomes gleaned from several libraries that participated in the HLLH model provide real-world examples of this approach to measuring libraries' impact on individuals and communities.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines