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Civic gifts : voluntarism and the making of the American nation-state

Author: Elisabeth Clemens
Publisher: Chicago ; London The University of Chicago Press [2020] © 2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Civic Gifts traces how practices of reciprocity and organized mass benevolence-that is, philanthropy-have contributed to the development of novel forms of national solidarity and impressive governing capacities in the United States, contributing even to a famously anti-statist political culture. Sociologist Elisabeth Clemens paints a picture of the US, whether as nation or as state, as a puzzle. How, she asks, did  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Erscheint auch als:
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elisabeth Clemens
ISBN: 9780226670836 022667083X 9780226559360 022655936X
OCLC Number: 1190910885
Description: 428 Seiten : Illustrationen, Diagramme ; 23 cm
Contents: Principles of Association and Combination --
Civil War, Civic Expansion: The "Divine Method" of Patriotism --
Municipal Benevolence --
The Expansible Nation-State --
"Everything but Government Submarines": Limits of a Semi-governmental System --
In the Shadow of the New Deal --
The People's Partnership --
Good Citizens of a World Power --
Combinatorial Politics and Constitutive Contradictions.
Responsibility: Elisabeth S. Clemens.

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"Civic Gifts traces how practices of reciprocity and organized mass benevolence-that is, philanthropy-have contributed to the development of novel forms of national solidarity and impressive governing capacities in the United States, contributing even to a famously anti-statist political culture. Sociologist Elisabeth Clemens paints a picture of the US, whether as nation or as state, as a puzzle. How, she asks, did a sense of shared nationhood develop despite the linguistic, religious, and ethnic differences among the settlers? How did a global power emerge from an often anti-statist political culture? How did some version of this collective identity come to be articulated with organized governance? With Civic Gifts, Clemens reveals that an important piece of the answer to these questions can be found in the unexpected political uses of philanthropy and the power of gifts to mobilize communities and to create solidarity among strangers"--.

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