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Kettering Review Fall 2007

The Kettering Review is a journal of ideas and activities dedicated to improving the quality of public life in the American democracy. Published by the Kettering Foundation, each issue addresses a single theme, including including the changing roles of the citizen, the press, public leadership, and public opinion. Contributors include a diverse group of American and international educators, historians, philosophers, and social and political scientists. The Review is edited by Robert Kingston and Noëlle McAfee.

The Fall 2007 edition examines “the community and its problems in our democracy today.”  Below is an excerpt from the introduction…

Long time readers of the Review will be familiar with our practice of plucking half-forgotten essays from the archives of democracy to illuminate the theme we have chosen for a given issue of the magazine. Yet this, as far as we can recall, will be the first volume for which we have arranged such not-exactly-random selections in the chronological order of their publication. Our theme this time is the community, and its problems in our democracy today. So we thought it might be of some interest to note how often, and under what circumstances over the past three-quarters of a century (which pretty well covers the lifespan of even our more senior readers!), thoughtful disciples of democracy have had cause of concern for the role of the community in our life as a people.

Let it be understood, at the outset, that when we talk about “the community” here, we have reference not to communities of interest, or of faith, or professions, or skills; rather our image is of groups of heterogeneous people who have nonetheless gathered, over time, in a given location, with others who, despite different experiences and cultures, share a need for security and the opportunity to develop their economy. Our interest is the regional community that is both social and political, a society and a polity. Such communities build themselves upon a sense of their citizens’ interdependence; they imply and create, overtime, cultures of their own; but—perhaps especially in America over the past century or so—they have experienced increasingly a tension between the need, as a community, to address (on the one hand) the concerns that brought them together, but (on the other) the sometimes seemingly exclusive goals of individuals, the pursuit of which had led them to form community with strangers in the first place.

Robert J. Kingston, Editor of the Kettering Review

…along with the contents of the journal…

Contents of the Fall 2007 Edition

Editor’s Letter
Robert J. Kingston

Search for the Great Community
John Dewey

The Problem of Community
Robert Nisbet

A Place on the Corner
Elijah Anderson

Community Properly Understood
Robert Bellah

The Primacy of Practice
Kwame Anthony Appiah

To Make Hope Real
Richard C. Harwood

… afterthoughts
David Mathews

This edition of the journal is currently available as both a free download from the Kettering Foundation website.

Resource Link: http://kettering.org/periodicals/kettering-review-fall-2007/

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