Rediscovering Institutions

  • Filename: rediscovering-institutions.
  • ISBN: 9781451602401
  • Release Date: 2010-06-15
  • Number of pages: 227
  • Author: James G. March
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

The authors propose a new theory of political behavior that re-invigorates the role of institutions—from laws and bureaucracy to rituals and symbols—as essential to understanding the modern political and economic systems that guide contemporary life.

Democratic Governance

  • Filename: democratic-governance.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015037287607
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Number of pages: 293
  • Author: James G. March
  • Publisher:

Going beyond democratic theory, March and Olsen draw on social science to examine how political institutions create and sustain democratic solidarity, identities, capabilities, accounts, and adaptiveness; how they can maintain and elaborate democratic values and beliefs - and how governance might be made honorable, just, and effective. They show how democratic governance is both preactive and reactive - creating interests and power as well as responding to them - and how it shapes not only an understanding of the past and an ability to learn from it, but even history itself. By exploring how governance transcends the creation of coalitions that reflect existing preferences, resources, rights, and rules, the authors reveal how it includes the actual formation of these defining principles of social and political life.

Rediscovering God in America

  • Filename: rediscovering-god-in-america.
  • ISBN: 9781595553133
  • Release Date: 2012-03-27
  • Number of pages: 118
  • Author: Newt Gingrich
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc

"Significant monuments, memorials and artifacts found in our Nation's capital are Creator-endowed as seen through a walk through tour of Washington DC"--Provided by publisher.

Why We Love the Church

  • Filename: why-we-love-the-church.
  • ISBN: 9781575673530
  • Release Date: 2009-06-24
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Kevin L. DeYoung
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers

This book presents the case for loving the local church. It paints a picture of the local church in all its biblical and real life guts, gaffes, and glory in an effort to edify local congregations and entice the disaffected back to the fold. It also provides a solid biblical mandate to love and be part of the body of Christ and counteract the "leave church" books that trumpet rebellion and individual felt needs. Why We Love the Church is written for four kinds of people - the Committed, the Disgruntled, the Waffling & the Disconnected.

Slow Democracy

  • Filename: slow-democracy.
  • ISBN: 9781603584142
  • Release Date: 2012-10-10
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Author: Susan Clark
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

Reconnecting with the sources of decisions that affect us, and with the processes of democracy itself, is at the heart of 21st-century sustainable communities. Slow Democracy chronicles the ways in which ordinary people have mobilized to find local solutions to local problems. It invites us to bring the advantages of "slow" to our community decision making. Just as slow food encourages chefs and eaters to become more intimately involved with the production of local food, slow democracy encourages us to govern ourselves locally with processes that are inclusive, deliberative, and citizen powered. Susan Clark and Woden Teachout outline the qualities of real, local decision making and show us the range of ways that communities are breathing new life into participatory democracy around the country. We meet residents who seize back control of their municipal water systems from global corporations, parents who find unique solutions to seemingly divisive school-redistricting issues, and a host of other citizens across the nation who have designed local decision-making systems to solve the problems unique to their area in ways that work best for their communities. Though rooted in the direct participation that defined our nation's early days, slow democracy is not a romantic vision for reigniting the ways of old. Rather, the strategies outlined here are uniquely suited to 21st-century technologies and culture.If our future holds an increased focus on local food, local energy, and local economy, then surely we will need to improve our skills at local governance as well.

Old Islam in Detroit

  • Filename: old-islam-in-detroit.
  • ISBN: 9780199372003
  • Release Date: 2014
  • Number of pages: 366
  • Author: Sally Howell
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Across North America, Islam is portrayed as a religion of immigrants, converts, and cultural outsiders. Yet Muslims have been embedded in American society for much longer than most people realize. Old Islam in Detroit documents the rich history of Islam in Detroit, a city that is home to several of America's oldest and most diverse Muslim communities. In the early 1900s, there were thousands of Muslims in Detroit. Most came from Eastern Europe, the Ottoman Empire, and British India. Bythe 1930s, new Islam-oriented social movements were taking root among African Americans in Detroit. By the 1950s, Albanians, Arabs, African Americans, and South Asians all had mosques and religious associations in the city, and they were confident that Islam could be, and had already become, an American religion. Old Islam in Detroit explores the rise of Detroit's earliest Muslim communities. The book documents the culture wars and doctrinal debates that ensued as these populations confronted Muslim newcomers who did not understand their manner of worship or the American identities they had created. By looking closely at this historical encounter, Sally Howell provides a new interpretation of the possibilities and limits of Muslim incorporation in American life. Showing how Islam has become American in the past, Howell argues that the anxieties many new Muslim Americans and non-Muslims feel about the place of Islam in American society today are part of a dynamic process of political and religious change that is still unfolding.


  • Filename: liturgy.
  • ISBN: 0809144727
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 134
  • Author: Rita Ferrone
  • Publisher: Paulist Press

Liturgy was the first and most significant subject taken up by the Second Vatican Council. The Council produced a document on the liturgy, The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, that would give shape to Catholic worship for years to come. By calling for the revision of all the rites according to the principles set forth in The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the Council set in motion the most comprehensive liturgical reform in Catholic history. This new book explains and puts into context the background of the new translation of the Mass, only now approved by the American bishops. It presents a useful schema of the contents of The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy by identifying seven essential themes of the document. No book in recent years has selected these themes or presented them with such clarity. It evaluates critically the ?reform of the reform? movement, and other groups that currently propose a radical revision of the church's liturgy. It links the theoretical to the practical by asking concrete, pastoral questions about where the church stands today with respect to all of the key elements of the Constitution, making the book especially useful for pastoral practitioners.It offers a positive evaluation of the reform overall, while clearly focusing on the question of ongoing renewal. Finally, the unique annotated bibliography for further reading will appeal to a diverse readership by offering a stimulating variety of subjects, writing styles, and perspectives on the issues.

America the Beautiful

  • Filename: america-the-beautiful.
  • ISBN: 9780310417347
  • Release Date: 2012-01-24
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Ben Carson, M.D.
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

What is America becoming? Or, more importantly, what can she be if we reclaim a vision for the things that made her great in the first place? In the Zondervan ebook, America the Beautiful, Dr. Ben Carson helps us learn from our past in order to chart a better course for our future. From his personal ascent from inner-city poverty to international medical and humanitarian acclaim, Carson shares experiential insights that help us understand … what is good about America … where we have gone astray … which fundamental beliefs have guided America from her founding into preeminence among nations Written by a man who has experienced America’s best and worst firsthand, America the Beautiful is at once alarming, convicting, and inspiring. You’ll gain new perspectives on our nation’s origins, our Judeo-Christian heritage, our educational system, capitalism versus socialism, our moral fabric, healthcare, and much more. An incisive manifesto of the values that shaped America’s past and must shape her future, America the Beautiful calls us all to use our God-given talents to improve our lives, our communities, our nation, and our world.

Rediscovering Palestine

  • Filename: rediscovering-palestine.
  • ISBN: 0520917316
  • Release Date: 1995-10-12
  • Number of pages: 340
  • Author: Beshara Doumani
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

Drawing on previously unused primary sources, this book paints an intimate and vivid portrait of Palestinian society on the eve of modernity. Through the voices of merchants, peasants, and Ottoman officials, Beshara Doumani offers a major revision of standard interpretations of Ottoman history by investigating the ways in which urban-rural dynamics in a provincial setting appropriated and gave meaning to the larger forces of Ottoman rule and European economic expansion. He traces the relationship between culture, politics, and economic change by looking at how merchant families constructed trade networks and cultivated political power, and by showing how peasants defined their identity and formulated their notions of justice and political authority. Original and accessible, this study challenges nationalist constructions of history and provides a context for understanding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It is also the first comprehensive work on the Nablus region, Palestine's trade, manufacturing, and agricultural heartland, and a bastion of local autonomy. Doumani rediscovers Palestine by writing the inhabitants of this ancient land into history.

Who Cares

  • Filename: who-cares.
  • ISBN: 0813332087
  • Release Date: 1997
  • Number of pages: 169
  • Author: David B. Schwartz
  • Publisher: Westview Press

An inspiring and helpful book that emphasizes humane responses for developmentally and physically disabled individuals that are community driven rather than relying solely on problem-solution oriented social service organizations. David Schwartz examines the roles of both informed and sectarian communities for examples and practical techniques that can be applied to the reader's situation. Includes touching accounts of individual lives swept under the social services system carpet. Photos.

Learning about School Violence

  • Filename: learning-about-school-violence.
  • ISBN: 0820448680
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 316
  • Author: Matthew W. Greene
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

What is school violence? How do we prevent it? How do we react to tragedies when they occur? Education and crime are at the top of the list of concerns that parents and community members share. School violence is the issue and policy problem that joins these two priorities. In the wake of such incidents as the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado, Americans are clamoring for action. Yet, there is little sense of a well-reasoned approach being taken by the federal government, states, and local schools and districts. <I>Learning about School Violence provides readers with an overview of the school violence problem, a comprehensive redefinition of that problem, and lessons for how to learn more effectively about what works in preventing school violence. Based on interviews with teachers, administrators, legislators, prevention and criminal justice practitioners, and other stakeholders in Colorado - Denver and Colorado Springs - this book presents a narrative of how one state and two school districts have dealt with school violence. It draws lessons from these experiences about the policy learning and problem definition processes.

Rediscovering the democratic purposes of education

  • Filename: rediscovering-the-democratic-purposes-of-education.
  • ISBN: UVA:X004415878
  • Release Date: 2000-06
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Author: Lorraine McDonnell
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas

Why do America's public schools seem unable to meet today's social challenges? As competing interest groups vie over issues like funding and curricula, we seem to have lost sight of the democratic purposes originally intended for public education.Public schools were envisioned by the Founders as democratically run institutions for instilling civic values, but today's education system seems more concerned with producing good employees than good citizens. Meanwhile, our country's diversity has eroded consensus about citizenship, and the professionalization of educators has diminished public involvement in schools.This volume seeks to demonstrate that the democratic purposes of education are not outmoded ideas but can continue to be driving forces in public education. Nine original articles by some of today's leading education theorists cut a broad swath across the political spectrum to examine how those democratic purposes might be redefined and revived. It both establishes the intellectual foundation for revitalizing American schools and offers concrete ideas for how the educational process can be made more democratic.The authors make a case for better empirical research about the politics of education in order to both reconnect schools to their communities and help educators instill citizenship. An initial series of articles reexamines the original premise of American education as articulated by important thinkers like Jefferson and Dewey. A second group identifies flaws in how schools are currently governed and offers models for change. A final section analyzes the value conflicts posed by the twin strands of democratic socialization and governance, and their implications foreducation policy.Spanning philosophy, history, sociology, and political science, this book brings together the best current thinking about the specifics of education policy -- vouchers, charter schools, national testing -

Psychological Theory and Educational Reform

  • Filename: psychological-theory-and-educational-reform.
  • ISBN: 0521532116
  • Release Date: 2003-06-16
  • Number of pages: 343
  • Author: David R. Olson
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book provides theoretical account of the reason behind the failure of most educational reform.

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