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William R. Caspary

organizations, and voluntary associations. Both direct action and experimental democratic organization train members in democratic values, political strategies and tactics, and dialogical and deliberative skills. Empirical evidence is accumulating in support of

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Heidi Hakkarainen

, “Rabbinic Study, Self-Improvement, and Philanthropy: Gender and the Refashioning of Jewish Voluntary Associations in Germany, 1750–1870,” in Philanthropy, Patronage, and Civil Society: Experiences from Germany, Great Britain, and North America , ed. Thomas

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The Democracy of Everyday Life in Disaster

Holding Our Lives in Their Hands

Nancy L. Rosenblum

Neighbors inhabit a distinct social sphere. After we take account of organized political life, work, voluntary associations, social circles, friends, and family, there is this remainder. Its importance owes to the depth and intensity of interests

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Promises of Proximity as Articulated by Changing Moral Elites

Anders Sevelsted

of “help to self-help.” This meant that public relief should have a deterring and disciplining effect and essentially be reserved for the “undeserving” poor, while the “deserving” poor ought to be helped through voluntary associations. 38 While

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Peter Levine

2000: 367–401 ). In Bowling Alone , Robert Putnam focuses on national voluntary associations that organized local chapters, which he sees as fundamental to 20th-century civil society. He shows that they expanded their membership steadily between 1900

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Max Stille

's work on the concept of the social/ samāj in Hindi is exemplary. He shows how linguistic, reformist, and nationalist discourses are intertwined, and religious discourse is influential in shaping the concept of the social. Samāj refers to voluntary